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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-25-08, 07:33 AM   #1
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Anybody else wax their bike?

Just curious. Seems like it could impart a little paint protection. I tried this new Turtle Wax Liquid Paste Wax yesterday because it promised not to leave powdery residue in crevices, and it didn't. We'll see how it holds up in the long run. What do you use?
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Old 03-25-08, 07:43 AM   #2
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I'll try it when I clean my road bike. There's not really any point in waxing my track bike, because it's matte black. I really need to wash my damn car. Haven't done that in about a year now [eek]
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Old 03-25-08, 07:46 AM   #3
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Usually that Pedro's stuff
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Old 03-25-08, 07:48 AM   #4
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I used car wax before my bike was totally assembled.
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Old 03-25-08, 07:48 AM   #5
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kinda creepy, just saying.
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Old 03-25-08, 08:02 AM   #6
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Creepy?

A resounding "Yes".

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Old 03-25-08, 08:06 AM   #7
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I wax mine from time to time when I clean it. Usually use Mcguire's cleaner wax.
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Old 03-25-08, 08:12 AM   #8
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i mean i wax the ledge first, if that counts
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Old 03-25-08, 08:19 AM   #9
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i rub mine down with my bare hands.
the oils from my hands give the matte finish a little shine.
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Old 03-25-08, 08:44 AM   #10
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I've heard good things about applying wax. I just gave my fixed gear a good wipe down and clean last night, but will wait a few more weeks to wax. There is still lots of grit on the road with lots of rain and some snow still predicted.

I also need to clean up some rust spots and some places where salt ate away the clearcoat/paint before sealing it all back up.

Damn winter.
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Old 03-25-08, 08:44 AM   #11
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Rain-X spray wax really seems to make it harder for dirt to stick to my frame.
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it's not going to hurt anything and it'll keep your paint in better shape over time.
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Old 03-25-08, 08:53 AM   #13
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I use spray furniture polish.
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Old 03-25-08, 09:26 AM   #14
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I use spray furniture polish.
+1000 We have a Bingo. Screw all the fancy stuff. Pledge furniture polish (non-aerosol spray is available too) is the way to go. Have been using this for 20+ years. The antistatic portion of it seems to keep the finer grit off the frame, and you get no buildup whatsoever. If you periodically wash your bike (water and Dawn dish detergent or Simple Green) it will easily take off any wax buildup. Can't comment on the lemony fresh scent, but YMMV

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+1000 We have a Bingo. Screw all the fancy stuff. Pledge furniture polish (non-aerosol spray is available too) is the way to go. Have been using this for 20+ years. The antistatic portion of it seems to keep the finer grit off the frame, and you get no buildup whatsoever. If you periodically wash your bike (water and Dawn dish detergent or Simple Green) it will easily take off any wax buildup. Can't comment on the lemony fresh scent, but YMMV

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Old 03-25-08, 12:28 PM   #16
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I've used Eagle Wet One car wax on my bikes. It seems to stand up well for a couple of years of commuting even. And it sure makes the paint shine.

As for the white deposits in the nooks and crannies these are easily polished out with a handy old tooth brush or even a stiff bristle paint brush that I keep in clean condition just for dusting out such things.
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Old 03-25-08, 12:32 PM   #17
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Pledge.
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i have used butchers bowling alley wax many times...buffed out with cheesecloth. creates a nice shell if you wait for it to cool a little before buffing. great for bronze sculpture as well...if you got some.

but dont wax your dolphin with it.
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Old 03-25-08, 01:36 PM   #19
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****, I'm too lazy to even touch up the scrapes with nail polish, and you want me to wax my bike?
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Old 03-25-08, 03:27 PM   #20
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i rub mine down with my bare hands.
the oils from my hands give the matte finish a little shine.
You really need to wash your hands more often.
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Old 03-25-08, 03:34 PM   #21
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Old 03-25-08, 03:37 PM   #22
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No chace. I'd need to clean the frame first.
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Old 03-25-08, 03:38 PM   #23
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I did once, girlfriend really liked it but man did it itch after a couple of days.

wait, what was the question?
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