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Solid hydrocarbons used to lubricate chains. Can include molten wax, or drip waxes that contain wax in a carrier fluid. In either case, the wax sets to a solid, unlike standard drip lubricants that are based on oil (i.e. a liquid hydrocarbon).

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Strategy for waxing (reinstaling) 12 speed chains

I'm curious about chain waxing and prolonging my drivetrain life, plus efficiencies, but have recently installed a 12 speed road groupset (Shimano). I assumed I would use reusable links to re-install ...
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How to immerse wax a chain?

What is the best way to wax a chain using the immersion waxing technique? I did some research and am attracted to the benefits of waxing my chain. I bought a few new chains to try it out but am ...
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Chain noisy after immersive wax

I decided to try immersive waxing of my chain, primarily for the cleanliness. I've been following the guides on Zero Friction Cycling, but the chain is very noisy after waxing and does not improve ...
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Chain Falling Apart

I asked this on a cycling forum and sorry but it's sort of long winded. The experiment with the first chain I hot waxed went well and I haven't had any problems. So I thoroughly cleaned another one ...
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Does dry dust and dirt stick worse to bees wax or WD40?

People sometimes lubricate their bike chain with bees wax and other people use WD40. When bicycling on dry dusty trails, dirt kicked up from the turning rotating wheels can stick to WD40 (oil) or bees ...
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What kind of wax will prevent a bicycle chain from rusting after the bicycle is left in the rain?

I left my bicycle out in the rain. When I try to pedal the bicycle, the chain locks up. That is to say, the roller chain got rusty after iron (ferrium), water and oxegen mixed together. What kind of ...
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Is it required to clean a chain when changing the kind of wax used for lubrication?

I tried recently to lubricate the chain of my bike with drip wax (Squirt), and am quite pleased with the result. Given molten wax seems to be even better, I am wondering: is it required to remove all ...
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How exactly wipe off excess wax based lubricant after application?

I want to apply the "Effetto Mariposa Flowerpower Wax" drip lubricant onto my chain. I was following the instructions from Zero Friction Cycling but the last part of the application process ...
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When using a ptfe & paraffin waxed chain, does the casette require any lube?

I'm going to give chain waxing with PTFE and paraffin a shot as I'm sick of filthy dirty hands when I get a puncture. I've read quite about about the process of cleaning the chain and applying the wax ...
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I went riding almost immediately after applying Squirt Lube (wax-based) on a brand new chain, should I degrease my chain and reapply?

I replaced my old chain with a new chain (factory lube removed) this morning. I applied Squirt lube, a wax-based The instructions for new chains read "wait until dry". I don't know how long that ...
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Wax lubricant - what components need wax applied to them, and what is the recommended re-application procedure?

With a wax lubricant like paraffin or molten speed wax, what parts should have wax applied to them, and what is the recommended re-application process? I've heard some pretty different procedures ...
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(How) should I wax my cassette along with my chains?

A while back I got myself a 5kg block of paraffin (this being the smallest the candlemaking supplies store had to offer) to wax my chains. Then it hit me that the cassettes I have been using are ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing

I'd like to avoid solvents, or use less solvents when I re-wax my chain. Are there any features I need to have in an ultrasonic cleaner? I've seen unheated 700mL cleaners for ~$30 USD and 2 to 3L ...
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