Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Midwest USA
Bikes: Trek 8000 (I'm testing a prototype).
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You could be washing it too much, and not drying the chain off enough. It is possible that the Ice Wax is not displacing all of the water, resulting in rust.
I try to keep my chains away from water as much as possible. When it is time for a clean, I usually use a degreaser which I thoroughly wipe off. I then apply the lube.
As far as the rest of the bike, I usually use a damp rag. However, I have a road bike. If you are washing it that much, I assume you have a mountain bike. If that were the case, I would try to avoid directly spraying drivetrain parts with water. You'll still get water on the drivetrain, but you'll still have all that lube there that should displace the water. After that, dry it off as well as you can and relube. If you directly spray the drivetrain with the water, you'll wash away a good amount of that lube.
To add, I recently began using Rock n Roll lube. It claims that it cleans and lubes at the same time. After a month of using it, it has definitely been keeping my drivetrain free of build-up.