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Old 06-21-19, 08:46 AM
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I tried waxing a couple of chains and swapping them, so I didn't have to re-wax so often. Each waxing lasted about 300 miles if it was dry. Going in, my average chain life was about 2,000 miles. After multiple waxings, one chain lasted 2,000 miles.

The other chain was the one that was on the bike when I was caught by a thunderstorm on the way home. This was, IIRC, 100-150 miles after it was waxed and installed. I ran inside when I got home instead of changing the chain (they were both due for a waxing at the time). It squeaked horribly the next day, and by the time I got to waxing both chains the day after that, it was coated in rust. I tried wiping it off, rinsing with mineral spirits, oiling and wiping -- the rust was there to stay. Since iron oxide is abrasive, I rinsed the oil off and planted the chain under a blueberry bush -- acid loving plants like that often need some iron in the soil. The blueberries have done well, and I went back to oiling the chain after that experiment.
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