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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).

Most lubricants are oil-based drip lubricants. Waxes are solid hydrocarbons. Riders may melt solid wax and immerse the chain, or they might use a drip wax that has wax in a carrier fluid. In either case, the wax will set to a solid. Wax is thought to be cleaner than drip lubricants, but it requires thorough preparation of the chain.