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People Still Wax Chains?

Feb. 15, 2015, 5:04 p.m.
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A friend recently mentioned he had started doing the old method of lubing the chain. Wax or more precisely paraffin. I remember briefly reading about this long ago and forgot about it.

https://barndoorcycling.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/paraffin-wax-chain-lube/

http://moltenspeedwax.com/pages/why-wax

www.thisiswhy.co.uk

www.teamnfi.blogspot.com/

Feb. 15, 2015, 5:39 p.m.
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I'm quite neglectful of my chain maintenance and lubrication and I still get long life out of it.

Stop being so anal and just ride it is my mantra. Steel is robust.

Feb. 15, 2015, 7:51 p.m.
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For riding in the desert maybe. Wax does not stick to the outside of the chain and provides no rust protection. I will be sticking to my triflow.

Feb. 15, 2015, 7:55 p.m.
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I can't buy into the whole "every two wet rides, re-wax your chain". It's a lot of work to wax a chain, and if you're riding 3-4 times a week in the wet season (not that I am right now but still), that's a lot of work versus wiping the chain down and then dripping new lube onto it.

Sounds ideal though if you're racing and you want that extra efficiency.

Being cheap is OK. Being a clueless sanctimonious condescending douchebag is just Vlad's MO.

Feb. 16, 2015, 8:45 a.m.
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Particularly pointless when there are wax based lubricants out there that do pretty much the same thing.

Debate? Bikes are made for riding not pushing.

Feb. 16, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
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I just use dry (teflon-based liquid) lube now. It seems to work fine and does a good job of keeping down the amount of grit collecting on the drivetrain.

Feb. 16, 2015, 9:45 a.m.
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I wax the chain on my fixie daily.

Ride, don't slide.

Feb. 16, 2015, 3:11 p.m.
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I just use dry (teflon-based liquid) lube now. It seems to work fine and does a good job of keeping down the amount of grit collecting on the drivetrain.

Good for road and commuter bike. Chain stays clean much longer. Something like Triflow turns a chain into griminess in no time, but for wet MTB conditions Triflow works really well and the chain doesn't get as grimy.

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Feb. 16, 2015, 3:44 p.m.
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I've been known to wax poetic on occasion….

Feb. 17, 2015, 10:53 a.m.
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I wax the chain on my fixie daily.

Yeah, but the convenience factor is there already because you wax your chain with leftover wax from waxing your hipster mustache.

Feb. 17, 2015, 10:55 a.m.
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I didn't even know this wasn't cool anymore. I use wax on everything except the commuter. Checking tire pressure and waxing my chain part of my pre ride ritual.

Feb. 17, 2015, 12:13 p.m.
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Yeah, but the convenience factor is there already because you wax your chain with leftover wax from waxing your hipster mustache.

Waste not, want not, right? It also makes a wicked Brylcreem substitute if I forget to get more at my local haberdashery.

Ride, don't slide.

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