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Old 07-08-18, 04:48 PM
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My current training and work schedules are such that if I have a long ride scheduled and it's going to rain a bunch, then the bike and I are going to get wet - rescheduling isn't feasible. Getting rained on with temps in the 70s is no big deal for me, but my chain is hating life at this point. Lubing it every ride doesn't seem to cut it. I've seen pros using grease on their chains on such days, is this a holdover from the 70s or still viable? What do folks on the Wet Coast (OR and WA) do? @mattm
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Old 07-08-18, 08:38 PM
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Yeah.. Good luck.. Wax based lubes (or just straight wax) tends to do well for one wet ride, but will require reapplication.

I've been waxing my chains for about 2 years, and when I lived in SEA, [in the winters] I'd usually ride it all week on the trainer, group ride Saturday (WET!) and then it would be squeaky for a group ride outside sunday. If I remember I'd put a small amount of lube on each link and it would help it a bit. Then clean, degrease and rewax for the next week on Sunday afternoon.
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Old 07-08-18, 09:00 PM
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Add me to the wax mafia. I have a Connex that I can take off, drop in the ultrasonic cleaner, then drop in a mini crockpot full of wax. If I'm in a rush I'll drop some lube on it.

Of course, none of this applies to your situation as we don't really get rain out here. If you're going to race in the Sahara hit me up for pro tips!
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Old 07-09-18, 11:59 AM
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Yeah.. Good luck.. Wax based lubes (or just straight wax) tends to do well for one wet ride, but will require reapplication.

I've been waxing my chains for about 2 years, and when I lived in SEA, [in the winters] I'd usually ride it all week on the trainer, group ride Saturday (WET!) and then it would be squeaky for a group ride outside sunday. If I remember I'd put a small amount of lube on each link and it would help it a bit. Then clean, degrease and rewax for the next week on Sunday afternoon.
I'm in the same boat, been waxing this year, albeit not with a hot wax, but Squirt. It gets sqeeky after a single rain ride but I can usually get it to stop after letting it dry and reapplying more squirt without having to do a full clean with mineral spirits, and this usually works 3-4x before it seems to get too gritty even after reapplication. I've tried to switch to the Silca NFS which is oil based but close to the same friction as wax and its holding up better in the rain, but not nearly as clean as wax even after wiping. Still trying to find that holy grail for PNW conditions thats clean, low friction, and water resistant while being lower maintence
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Old 07-09-18, 08:45 PM
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Squirt is what I use when I'm too lazy to do a full wax. Also what I use on my mtb, cuz I always forget to do anything to that bike until I'm walking out the door to go ride.
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