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    Wax to prevent creaking?

    Someone suggested wax as a means of dry creak-prevention on the frame hinge in a recent thread. Would this mean chain wax or something else?

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    I use lube grease. I guess any sticky lubricant will work. Some works better with aluminum, some better with painted steel.

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    I'm using grease but I wonder if there's a dry method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chagzuki View Post
    I'm using grease but I wonder if there's a dry method.
    I used regular candle wax to stop my seatpost creaking (applied to outer surface of the shim), this seems to work fine.

    For the frame hinge I used grease as it seemed easier to work it into the hinge joints so I also used in on the mating surfaces between the hinge and frame. I know this will attract dust and dirt so a dry lube would probably be better.

    That's got me thinking - maybe melted candle wax would work. Or, one of those 'dry' chain lubes. I think I will try one or both methods next time it starts creaking.

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    Let me know the results. . . I think I'm burnt out with all the mechanical adjustment stuff for a week or so, need a break. There's been so much on my bike that's required attention.

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    What brands are we talking about? My Dahon creaks, but my Downtube does not. I will see if the Carry Me creaks once I receive it.

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    I've had a variety of creaks on my Dahon but it's to be expected. The frame hinge is the latest culprit as some of the paint has worn through and there's a small area of metal-on-metal contact now. That's the sort of area that I'd rather use a dry lube on.

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    My Downtube IXFS has a variety of creaks, mostly I think related to protest at my great weight. My Mini, by comparison, is very quiet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chagzuki View Post
    I'm using grease but I wonder if there's a dry method.
    There are several wax-based chain lubes out there that go on wet and then become dry. White Lightning, Boeshield T-9 Bicycle Lube, etc.



    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyboy View Post
    My Downtube IXFS has a variety of creaks, mostly I think related to protest at my great weight. My Mini, by comparison, is very quiet!
    I'm right with you brother - I'm at the upper weight limit for my frame. But it dare not complain, lest I pull off the road and stop for a doughnut.

    Besides, the way I see it, our bikes are lucky.
    I came to say I must be folding . . .
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    or not . . .
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    Wheelbase seems a little short but those tyres sure look comfortable.

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    I have tried several things to stop my Dahon Curve set post creaking, but have had problems with the seat post slipping down. Mostly things like furniture polish, because they are dry and don't mark your clothes. I haven't tried a wax products yet but in a thin layer, it might just work.

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    My Swift was creaking. I schpritzed some of that Boeshield in Groucho's picture and tightened everything up and that cured it for the time being.

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    I have since tried using wax to stop creaking of the seat post and find that I still have the problem with the post slipping down. Out of anger and annoyance, I just cleaned off everything with thinners and not only does the seat post stay in place but the post doesn't creak. Maybe it is the dust and muck that builds up on the post that causes the creaking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chagzuki View Post
    Let me know the results. . . I think I'm burnt out with all the mechanical adjustment stuff for a week or so, need a break. There's been so much on my bike that's required attention.
    Man I hear you..... I have spent so much time on my bike, it becomes really ridiculous. I am giving my bike (Mu P8) one last chance this week, if something goes wrong with these bikes (I have got 2) they will have to go back to the store for a full refund. I am worn out from all that work and adjustments I had to deal with in the last 3 weeks.

    For creaking I use clipper oil, it helps for a month or so and then I have to apply some more.

    TC

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    On my Stridas I use candle wax on the sides of the drive belt, as Mark Sanders suggested.

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