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Has anyone else seen/used runaway bike hot tub paraffin lube?

Old 12-15-15, 12:11 PM
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Has anyone else seen/used runaway bike hot tub paraffin lube?

This looks interesting to me, and a cool and easy method of getting into the whole chain wax lube thing. I'm thinking of trying it out.

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Runaway Bike HOT TUB Chain Lubricant. A hot paraffin wax bike chain lube.
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Honestly, except for whatever additives are in their paraffin, I don't see how that's any different from the double boiler method.
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Originally Posted by lyrictenor1 View Post
Honestly, except for whatever additives are in their paraffin, I don't see how that's any different from the double boiler method.
It's not, but for just trying out paraffin it's a lower montary commitment than buying a double boiler (if you don't have one) or cleaning out the one you already have if you decide that waxing isn't for you.
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Although, having said that I went and looked and found this. Now all I need is a block of paraffin!
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It's not, but for just trying out paraffin it's a lower montary commitment than buying a double boiler (if you don't have one) or cleaning out the one you already have if you decide that waxing isn't for you.
No, it isn't cheaper. Just put water in a pot. Put the paraffin in a coffee can. Set the can in the water in the pot. Heat the water. Voila. One fourth or less the cost of that stupid product. I have done this for many years, but no longer. Paraffin is the best chain lubricant and automatically cleans the chain too, but it fouls the derailleurs badly.
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BTW, you get paraffin at the supermarket, usually in the food "canning" section with the Mason jars. Most hardware stores also have it.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
No, it isn't cheaper. Just put water in a pot. Put the paraffin in a coffee can. Set the can in the water in the pot. Heat the water. Voila. One fourth or less the cost of that stupid product. I have done this for many years, but no longer. Paraffin is the best chain lubricant and automatically cleans the chain too, but it fouls the derailleurs badly.
Now that I'm looking at alternate methods, I see that you are right! The wax itself is cheap as dirt, and there are a zillion methods of holding the wax. I'm just a sucker for nice packaging, I guess!
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
BTW, you get paraffin at the supermarket, usually in the food "canning" section with the Mason jars. Most hardware stores also have it.
This method is probably older than most of the people reading this...
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
...... Paraffin is the best chain lubricant and automatically cleans the chain too, .......
How so? What info do you base this on?
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You can buy a cheap small crockpot for about 15 bucks at the local Food For Less grocery.

Paraffin is a great carrier, cleaner and sealant.

The secret in the sauce is what you add to it.
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A crockpot will cost you a buck or two at the local second hand store.....
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How so? What info do you base this on?
20 years experience using it. It acts both as a lubricant and a solvent. It penetrates thoroughly into all the nooks and crannies, washes out the grit, and leaves a lubricant behind. Super stuff.
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Originally Posted by TGT1 View Post
You can buy a cheap small crockpot for about 15 bucks at the local Food For Less grocery.

Paraffin is a great carrier, cleaner and sealant.

The secret in the sauce is what you add to it.
Hmmm, interesting.

What do you add to the paraffin?
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I tried waxing my chain for the first time this year and like it a lot. I wrote a short article on the experience including the recipe on my blog (which has exactly one post so far)
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The 1980'c called...
Seriously, I bought a tub of paraffin chain lube from one of the major online stores back then and was using it until I got tired of the bother for a lube that lasted about one ride. This was in the early to mid 1980's.
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I used melted paraffin in a coffee can 25 yrs ago and it works well. Never had a problem "gumming up" the derailleur, but then I removed the excess while it was still hot. I simply put the can on a hotplate which I'm sure exceeded 212* so the paraffin was pretty thin when I took the chain out. BTW, I add in some ep additives to enhance the lubrication.
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Did someone say, "hot tub paraffin lube"?

Sounds like fun!
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Thanks for posting this. I used to use nothing but wax until my local Performance stopped selling it. I just ordered a tub of this stuff, so we'll see how it compares. At least it's cheaper than Molten Speedwax.
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Thanks for posting this. I used to use nothing but wax until my local Performance stopped selling it. I just ordered a tub of this stuff, so we'll see how it compares. At least it's cheaper than Molten Speedwax.
Lol. Cool. Let us know how it works for you!
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I'm interested to try paraffin for a long time now. And now I'm finally close to it. I bought two new chains and cassette for this season. So will just use power link to change the chains. while the one is on bike the other one is cleaned and waiting for replace

So far , would like to know how it will act on long rides(brevets) after 200-300km, and it's performance in rain :/
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I use Molten Speedwax, a mini crockpot, and two chains. I swap chains about every 300 miles, takes me 5 minutes to change and since I am usually out in the garage doing something, prepping the extra chain isn't an issue.
The initial cost of the MSW is a little pricey but I am on my third season with the original purchase and I don't see any reason I won't get a couple more.
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I'm interested to try paraffin for a long time now. And now I'm finally close to it. I bought two new chains and cassette for this season. So will just use power link to change the chains. while the one is on bike the other one is cleaned and waiting for replace

So far , would like to know how it will act on long rides(brevets) after 200-300km, and it's performance in rain :/
Paraffin lasts a long time. 200-300 km is nothing to worry about. The rain question is a little tougher. It is not that rain messes up the lubrication so much, but rather will the paraffin protect the chain against corrosion when wet. I suspect (don't know for sure) that the branded products (not just grocery store paraffin) contain corrosion inhibitors so there won't be a problem. Even with straight paraffin I never had a corrosion problem, but I would recoat the chain after a really wet ride.
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