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    A waxy chain caught in the rain

    I was going to the post office (a trip about 8 miles in total) and it started raining as soon as i came out. Not terribly hard, but enough that i was pretty wet when i returned. Well i have been using chain wax lately on my chain and i know that it has almost no resistance to water so what do i do to prevent rust? I have dried the chain the best i could using a rag, do i apply more wax now and hope it displaces any water or what?
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    I've been using regular White Lightning for several years & found that after a wet ride a wipe down of the chain & drivetrain with a rag & reapplication of WL works fine. I've had no problems with rust, even in winter with salty roads.

    I also tend to run a pretty heavy-handed application of WL.

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    What wax do you use? Boeshield is pretty much impervious to all moisture if you apply it correctly. White Lightning is in my experience the most useless "lubricant" ever created and should probably be reapplied before, several times during, and after a ride with about an hour spent removing the excess at every application.
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    Pedros ice wax. I concern because last time i did nothing after a little rain in NY, i found small spots of rust the next day
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    I've used White Lightening for several years and have ridden up to 70 miles in rain with no squeaking or rust. I reapply it after every ride. I think that once you have a good base of wax built up, you are good to go. I believe that it's the grime that oil-based lubricants attract that wear chains out fast - even faster than running a clean chain with a weak lubricant like White Lightening.

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    well im giving wax another try still. I will say, i have not had to clean my chain for 2 or 3 weeks now that I have been using just that. But i feel like i have to re apply it often, i migth see if I can get a pack of ice wax or something of the like on ebay
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    The problem with White Lightening is the following:

    1. The chain feels dry all the time --- Seriously, it seems like you always need to lub the chain when using this lubricant because once it drys, you find yourself putting more. I never feel that way when using gel type synthetic lub but WL is a totally different story. It's this drying factor that causes people to overuse the product on their drivetrain. If you put this on your rear wheel after each ride, I suspect your drivetain is loaded with gunk or you spend a lot of time cleaning. That's the problem with WL, you never feel the chain is lubricated after several days of non-use.

    2. If it rains, you end up with a filthy rear wheel --- WhiteLightening if it's gunked on your drivetrain will leak all over your rear wheel in a rain storm.

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    I've been using Boeshield for awhile and haven't had problems with it washing away. After I get home on a rainy ride, or riding thru a lot of dirt/sand on on the street, I just wipe the bike down, along with the drivetrain. I like Boeshield, because it doesn't seem to get the cassette dirty.

    I ride every day and only apply the lube once a month with a quick wipe each week as a part of regular maintenance, keeps the chain clean.

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