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    does the pro peloton wax their chains? I only see them use lube. They may wax a chain for a special event like a TT. But everything else they use lube. So tell me again, why do weekend warriors even pondering about waxing? Curious mind wants to know.

    As far as degreasing a chain, I use turpentine because it's less toxic than most other degreasers. And if you want to get the turpentine off, then soak the chain in acetone briefly and give it a shake. Both are cheap and widely available and less toxic then most other degreaser. Gasoline is effective but nasty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    does the pro peloton was their chains?
    Does the pro peloton replace their chains when they need lubing?
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Does the pro peloton replace their chains when they need lubing?
    I see what you did there!

    I saw an interview from team mechanic from one of the world tour teams (forget which team) and they asked him about bike preps. The mech showed the interviewer the lube he used for all the chains, then mech said that he might wax a chain for a TT bike of their top riders, like a Tony Martin or Doumulin (I seem to recall either of those names), but everyone else gets lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldZaskar View Post
    I had to Google this. Guys... he's right. Gasoline is in fact flammable - and HIGHLY flammable at that. Whew. I had just set up a big bowl of gas by the drapes, laid out some paper towels, stoked the fire in the fireplace, lit a cigarette and was just about to clean my chain. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Gas does work very well. It evaporates very quickly too. But yeah... don't set your house or self ablaze.
    Of course mineral spirits is also flammable, but with enough oil in it, you can throw matches into a pan of it and it won't burn. I tried to burn off some old solvent and couldn't get it to burn. It would probably need to be heated first. This time of year, a static electricity spark can ignite gasoline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    That's the only one of two careers where you can be wrong most of the time and still keep your job. The other one is stock analyst/economic forecaster.
    Ahhh how about art appraiser?? I like to think that I have an appreciation for fine art but some of the things that people call art these days & the prices that they fetch for really makes me shake my head.

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    FWIW, back in the day.... I used to wax my chain all the time. Kept my whole drivetrain spotless and loved it for that reason. It is a bit of a PITA but works fine in dry climates. Nowadays I use either Rock n Roll Red, Squirt! or UFO all of which keep the drivetrain reasonably clean. I would love to have the time to go back to waxing though - again for the cleanliness, not primarily for efficiency.
    Well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion man. - The Dude

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