||02-04-14 05:37 PM
Originally Posted by cyccommute
I'm not talking about 30F to 60F either. I can see 50F swings in temperature starting at 15F or lower. It's kind of hard to dress for that temperature change:notamused: I end up carrying a lot of clothing around rather than wearing it.
I think what you are missing on the wax lubricants is that they are supposed to sound dry. My drivetrain is well lubricated but it does make a bit more sound than if I drowned it with oils. I go for weeks and weeks between application of chain lubricant. Granted I don't deal with a lot of water due to Denver's dry climate but even when I've used wax lubricants on tour in the eastern US, I've not had to apply it much more frequently than I do here. As a bonus, I don't have to worry about chain tattoos at all. Nor do I have to worry about a bunch of grit prematurely wearing out my chain. In my dry climate, oil is a magnet for dirt.
I hear ya. Spring and fall around here result in a lot of layers coming and going throughout the day. I gave up and put a rear rack and stuff bag on my old Trek and just carry the extra layers back there when I plan a several hour outing and expect big temperature swings. Not that I do long trips this time of year, but just a week or so ago we went from -14F actual temp in the early morning to +30F in the afternoon. That's rare this time of year, usually once we get cold we stay cold.
Now about the wax lubricants. With the semi-dry lube I'm using I apply it sparingly allowing it to wick into the links and then wipe the exterior of the chain as clean as possible. The chain stays quiet and smooth for days (a couple hundred miles of various conditions). I usually clean and lube my chain on the bike about once a week but if I forget, I can tell by the sound when it is lacking lubrication. With the dry wax lubes, if the chain sounds dry for weeks and weeks, how do you know if you let a chain go to long without a relube? How do you know it is the sound of a dry lube and not an underlubricated chain? I'd be interested in trying dry lubes again. The cleanliness was nice, but the chains would sound bone dry and unlubricated within just a couple of days if I was putting in any significant miles. I agree that no chain should be "drowning in oil" even in wet conditions.
Our climate here is highly variable. On the edge of the plains we have a lot of spring flooding but by late summer it can get quite dry. A ways over into lakes country, it is more humid with frequent thundershowers and thunderstorms to keep things interesting. You can go from hot and dry to cool and soggy and back within an hour. In the spring and fall, the wooded trails are cool and moist. In August the highway is hot, dry and windswept. On some of the singletrack you can cross peat bogs and sandhills on the same trail.