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Old 01-31-18, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Chain lube technology has changed a lot since this thread was started a decade ago, back in 2007, during the W Bush administration...
Has it really or is it just marketing making you think that way? As far as I can tell, cyclists are dealing with the exact same issues as we always have. Except now the the lube is called nano-super-something, comes with a blue application light (lol) and a 25$ per 50ml price tag´:-)
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Old 01-31-18, 03:45 PM
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I've used the paraffin treatment in the past, the problem is, as others have stated, it works real well inside the chain, but does little/nothing for the outside, as it flakes off where it isn't in contact with bearing surfaces. I went over to chainsaw oil, which is high tac and low viscosity. The act of doing regular maintenance is a good habit to get into.
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Old 02-01-18, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Racing Dan View Post
Has it really or is it just marketing making you think that way? As far as I can tell, cyclists are dealing with the exact same issues as we always have. Except now the the lube is called nano-super-something, comes with a blue application light (lol) and a 25$ per 50ml price tag´:-)

Marketing, yep. I still remember chain lube commercial jingles from ten years ago when this thread was started.

Chain lube has moved beyond nano-tech since February 12, 2007 when this thread was started, ten years ago. We now use natural lanolin based lubes derived from sheep wool like they did back in the 1800's, when this thread was started. What is old is new again, including this thread.

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Old 02-01-18, 09:53 PM
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What hasn't changed in the decade plus since this thread began is that melting paraffin for use as a chain lube requires careful attention to process because of the risk of fire. (Which seems not to be a big risk.)

But, safe as milk compared to cleaning parts with gasoline.
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Old 02-02-18, 12:36 AM
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The Little Dipper crock pot heats to approximately 160-180F according to the manufacturer, well below the smoke point for paraffin and nowhere near the flash point. The temperature is so low the plastic lid that came with my Little Dipper never warps even when I've left the pot on for days.

It's possibly the safest way to heat paraffin. Less maintenance than a double boiler that demands attention to be sure it doesn't boil dry. No risk of paraffin splattering onto heating elements or open flames hot enough to cause smoke.

Paraffin/wax may not be ideal for wet climates but it's been fine here in north central Texas. No rust even with occasional rain or puddles. Even after the excess flakes off there's just enough residual wax on the chain exterior to protect the metal. I swap between two identical chains about once a month, which works out to 400-500 miles during my busiest riding months.

Between uses the little crock pot goes under the kitchen cabinet. There's just enough wax residue on the loose fitting lid to keep it attached to the pot and free of dust and debris. Plug it in, heat it up and the lid loosens.

It's pretty easy and trouble free once you develop a method that suits your schedule. No more chain tattoos on me or the cats. I don't need to carry rubber gloves or a shop towel in the seat bag to handle the chain for tire/tube repairs on the road. I can handle the chain with bare hands. Even after a few hundred miles at worst there will be a very slight residue, about like handling graphite dust in a pencil sharpener.
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Old 02-04-18, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Gravity Aided View Post
I've used the paraffin treatment in the past, the problem is, as others have stated, it works real well inside the chain, but does little/nothing for the outside, as it flakes off where it isn't in contact with bearing surfaces. I went over to chainsaw oil, which is high tac and low viscosity. The act of doing regular maintenance is a good habit to get into.
If the paraffin is flaking off, it's because there isn't enough motor oil in the solution. That's to say the solution is too dry. With the solution using one pound of paraffin to nine ounces of motor oil, that will not be a problem. The paraffin will protect the chain from corrosion just fine. If there's a lot of rain during your rides, don't wipe the chain down.
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Old 05-24-19, 09:57 PM
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I've still got half a can of Hock Chainwax. In answer to someone's question, yes, I know of someone who burned their kitchen up when they stopped paying attention to the melting wax on their stove. I use mine in a disposable pan of water, on a hot plate, outside. I coil the chain neatly on top of the wax and let it sink in as the wax melts. I keep a piece of wire looped through the one end to make it easier to fish out.

I wish they still made the stuff. There's something on Amazon called "Runaway Bike HOT TUB Chain Lubricant". Looks to be pretty similar.
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Old 05-24-19, 10:04 PM
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I got a small daughter module with a crockpot at Costco.

I melt the wax in this, outside, where it can't burn anything down. The volume is such that it can handle one chain at a time, with one block of paraffin.
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Old 05-25-19, 11:53 AM
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I am not a "waxer" but I once saw this video. Bought it could be helpful for some of you.


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Old 05-25-19, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
I got a small daughter module with a crockpot at Costco.

I melt the wax in this, outside, where it can't burn anything down. The volume is such that it can handle one chain at a time, with one block of paraffin.
I got one of those the same way. It's never been used.

Over the winter, we were at Morristown National Historical Park and they were doing activities for the kids, including making candles. They were using one of those pots to keep the wax liquid.
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Old 05-26-19, 12:42 AM
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BTW, a few months ago I temporarily fixed a squeaky spoke problem (black spokes on one bike) with leftover scented candle wax. There's usually some leftover wax. It's so soft I could dig it up with a fingertip, then moosh it around between the spoke crossings. Works for about a month before I need to do it again.

I'm gonna start adding leftover scented candle wax to the Gulf wax in the crock pot. Might work a bit better on the chains too.
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