...you should wipe excess lube off your chain before you ride?

Doing so will help prevent dirt from sticking to your chain and drivetrain as you ride. After lubing (see how-to video here), use a rag to remove extra liquid from your chain. How often you lube your chain depends on the conditions and how often you ride, but typically you should lube every 2-3 rides. If your chain looks and feels dry, it’s definitely time to lube! If your drivetrain is caked in dust and grime, it’s time to clean it and re-lube.