I work for Evergreen and run a new space called the Bike Works which is part of Evergreen Brick Works here in Toronto. More here: http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-here/bike-works/  .  I have been visited by the Orontas rep and been given a few bottles of cleaner, chain lube and grease to try out.

I would say the liquid lube is a great every day lube and works well to fend off rust and keep everything moving smoothly in the drive train. The Cleaner is citrus based and works well. Its all Plant based and so has no MSDS sheets. I feel much better about using this stuff to lube and clean bikes in our shop.

They also have a grease and an aerosol spray that is all plant based as well. I know what you are thinking Aerosol is crap for the environment. As far as this one goes it is the highest grade of recyclable material regarding the can. Regarding the propellant, it is one that the cosmetic industry resorted to after the banning of CFC and is pretty much neutral. I would email them directly for literature on the range of products. Cerevelo apparently uses there products on newly built bikes coming out of their manufacturing facility.

In short, great product, worth trying if you are looking for a lower environmental impact and less toxicology to yourself and program participants.


Shah Mohamed
Green City Cycles Program Manager
550 Bayview Ave
Suite 300
Toronto ONT
M4W 3X8


On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:13 PM, Jonathan Morrison <jonathan@slcbikecollective.org> wrote:
Has anyone heard of or used this plant based lube line?


Jonathan Morrison
Executive Director
Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
2312 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
w: 801-328-2453
c: 801-688-0183
f: 801-466-3856

The mission of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Bicycle Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households.

On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM, Michael Wolfe <gzuphoesdown@gmail.com> wrote:
Page 13 of the 1992 Bridgestone bicycle catalog has a unique recommendation of using olive oil.

On 4/2/08, Bob Giordano <mist@strans.org> wrote:
Indoor air quality is tops on our list for a healthy shop atmosphere.  We
do not store anything that gives off harmful fumes.  Tooth brushes and
simple green (highly diluted) in a small wooden bowl is our parts cleaning
station.  We are even moving away from simple green (i've learned it is
harmful to some)- to a citrus based cleaner.

I guess tri flow is the only thing with fumes in the shop.  Often we ask
people to use it outside.  I'd like to find a non-petroleum lube.

-Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula

Michael Wolfe wrote:
> Speaking of liver damage, etc..  Wondering if any shops out there have
> issues solvent tanks in their shop?  The fumes give me a headache but
> don't seem to mind it.  Mostly I worry about the health effects on the full
> time people in the shop.   Short of installing a hood or ventalation
> what options are there to locate that stuff outside?

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