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Old 05-24-19, 06:00 PM
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canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
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Roll yer own. It's not expensive or difficult.

Get your favorite chain (I use KMC, various types), and use a solvent to remove as much of the original oil as possible. Please don't use gasoline.

I use a Little Dipper crock pot. It's mostly for stuff like fondue. I melt 3 Gulf wax bars in it.

Hook something through the chain ends to make it easier to fish out later. Picture wire twisted into loops, heavy duty paper clips, etc., will do.

I carefully put the chain in the melted paraffin and let it soak for a few hours. It'll bubble and foam a little at first as trapped air is forced out and the paraffin seeps in. I give it plenty of time to be sure it gets into the bearing surfaces.

Pull it out carefully and let it drip back into the crock pot. I use surgical towel clamps, heavy duty paper clips or bulldog clamps, hooks, etc., to fish out and hang the hot chain.

When it's cool enough to handle I'll put it on the bike and spin it for awhile, or take a quick ride. Usually I rotate two identical chains once a month. The second freshly waxed chain goes into a ziplock bag until rotation time.

Sounds complicated but it's really easy. Less messy than wet lubes. I still use a wet lube, Park CL-1, on my errand/commute bike because I sometimes ride in rain. Wax isn't great for wet weather -- a single heavy rain can end in chain noise.

But for dry weather, especially on gritty rural roads and gravel, wax is hard to beat. It keeps the drivetrain clean. My bikes are inside my apartment and I have three cats. So clean bikes mean fewer greasy chain/chainring tattoos on my legs or the cats.
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