This Wednesday, the 2nd of March 2016, Dr Bike will be back after the summer break. Every Wed from 12-1 during term time, C-block lawn. The Sustainability Office sponsors this free bike checking service and we are super excited that Dr Bike will now be using ecofriendly bicycle lubricants, thanks to a 2 year sponsorship from Christchurch based company Biomaxa!
Biomaxa’s founder David Lovegrove is a UC graduate BE (Hons), who wanted to tie a lifelong interest in cycling to his “day job” as a product designer. In 2013, he was inspired to develop better performing environmentally based bicycle lubricants since the traditional lubricants in the market that were touted as being natural or environmentally based,were all derived from plant oils. It was widely known that these did not perform very well, or have longevity on the chain. Another big downside was how messy they were and how quickly the chain would attract dirt. All the high performance cycle lubricant products were heavily petrochemical based and highly synthetic.
The idea to use lanolin as a bicycle chain lubricant was conceived during brainstorming sessions around developing a unique cycling product with a distinct “kiwi” story behind it. The product needed to have a natural and environmental foundation but they also wanted to create a successful export story from New Zealand by adding value to essentially a “waste product” of the wool cleaning process. Lanolin’s waxy lubricating properties and its tenacity to adhere and protect as a surface coating are perfect for the requirements for a performance chain lubricant.
The lanolin is sourced from local New Zealand wool scourers. Due to New Zealand’s “clean” outdoor farming environment the lanolin is typically a lot cleaner and needs less refining direct from the scouring plant. This is a distinct advantage over say other big lanolin producing countries (such as Australia or India) where their dusty environment produces a poorer quality lanolin.
Great work Biomaxa! And thanks for sponsoring Dr Bike, which assists between 120-150 student and staff cyclists a year. Not only is Biomaxa assisting Dr Bike, but they are also sponsoring student club UC Bike and the UCSA “borrow a bike” scheme.
For more info on Biomaxa, check here.