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    Chain wax. Yes.

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    Does this stuff mimic what's on the chain when it comes from factory? Brand new chains work great for a while and don't even really need lube with the way they come out of box nowadays, don't they?

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    Chain wax, No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    Does this stuff mimic what's on the chain when it comes from factory? Brand new chains work great for a while and don't even really need lube with the way they come out of box nowadays, don't they?
    Which chains?

    KMC or Campag chains come coated in what feels like cosmolene

    Shimano chains come coated fresh from what I believe is a fish oil factory

    SRAM chains actually seem coated in actual chain lube. I mean WTF.
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    I've been using Molten Speed Wax for a couple of years. I love it.

    I tried going back to petroleum lubes, but I always go back to MSW.

    The only exception is my rain bike which has some kind of generic lube on it. Of course I rarely ride this bike, so...

    My road and gravel bikes get the hot wax bath every few hundred miles. I will occasionally use Squirt to extend the time between wax treatments, but it's leaves more residue behind so I use it sparingly and infrequently.

    And no, wax bears no resemblance to the packing grease chains are shipped with.

    Waxed chains are clean and dry. They don't pick up road grime, etc. It's why components tend to last so much longer than with sticky petroleum lubes.
    Last edited by Finx; 01-26-2018 at 10:10 PM.

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    I tried MSWax and got rid of it after one ride. I followed the directions to the letter and started with two completely new and bare chains. Riding along it felt like there was sludge all over my chain and pedaling was noticeably harder than with normal lube.

    I am back on NFS lube and loving it.

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    Wax seems to work best in dusty conditions, which is something I rarely encounter.
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    Wax has many good uses.

    Chain lube ain't one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Which chains?

    KMC or Campag chains come coated in what feels like cosmolene

    Shimano chains come coated fresh from what I believe is a fish oil factory

    SRAM chains actually seem coated in actual chain lube. I mean WTF.
    SRAM uses something that is very sticky, it's the only factory lube that i try to completely remove. I like the Shimano fish oil, I just wipe the surface dry and ride.
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    Chain wax? No.

    If you like a gummy chain, use wax lube. I am so over wax lubes.

    This is all I use now:

    Chains

    It does the same thing as that "space age" wet lube, but is way, way less expensive. Mike gets 10K+ miles out of his chains. I can't argue with that.
    Last edited by Lombard; 01-28-2018 at 04:52 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Nooooooo.
    Sure beats arguing about disc vs. rim brakes.
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    Tried Pedros ice wax a few years ago and didn't see any benefit so am back to Finishline either wet or dry.

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    People a lot smarter than me have suggested various lubes to use on chains, but I have had real good results using chainsaw bar lube cut with a little mineral spirit, I have got more miles out of my chains, using this than any other type lube. I just relube once a month, avg about 400 miles, and wipe it off a couple times using wd-40.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    If you like a gummy chain, use wax lube. I am so over wax lubes.

    This is all I use now:

    Chains

    It does the same thing as that "space age" wet lube, but is way, way less expensive. Mike gets 10K+ miles out of his chains. I can't argue with that.
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    takes longer, lasts shorter. for normal riding seems like a huge waste. maybe for a race

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    The bestest best way to keep a chain lubricated

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...e-chain-lube-s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    SRAM chains actually seem coated in actual chain lube.
    love those first few weeks when they're new. so quiet.
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    a chain lube thread...

    how adorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    love those first few weeks when they're new. so quiet.
    Probably because the factory rust inhibitor hasn't worn off yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    The bestest best way to keep a chain lubricated

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...e-chain-lube-s
    What a waste of money.

    Before adding weight to dribble more lube onto the chain, why not enclose it in a chain cover, like on the Dutch street bikes? I overhauled one a few years ago. The bike was dirty from riding and sitting up. The tires were at least 4-5 years old. But the chain was fully enclosed inside its cover and clean as a whistle. Amazing. They don't pick up dust and grit, don't gunk up the gears nor have to be cleaned every 400 miles. They'd work great with Shimano internally geared hubs.

    And there ya go, 8 in back, one in front, same as all them single chain ring gravel bikes.
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    On my 'bad weather bike', I use a mix of 50% 30w small engine oil and 50% mineral spirits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    What a waste of money.
    I think it was meant as a joke. If not, well, what can I say? I fool and his/her money are soon parted.
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    If you’re going to wax...



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