Can you guys explain this wax thing, how often you apply it and the process to apply?
There’s some good YouTube vids out there, too detailed to reply in this forum.
Pathlesspedaled just did a vid about it last week but they don’t get into the technical details.
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1) Buy cheap crock pot
2) Buy canning paraffin from grocery store
3) Melt paraffin in crock pot
4) Clean chain in mineral spirits (if used). Swish around in a cup of mineral spirits for a minute or two.
5) Thread the two ends of the chain on a bent spoke for easy retrieval, and dunk in the crock pot at least until no bubbles emerge when agitated. Remove/hang chain to cool.
6) Install on bike, pedal backwards to break off stiff wax.
You do not need to strip a new chain, since liquified (hot) paraffin is a top-tier degreaser for petroleum based lubricants. The lighter lubricants in the chain will simply flash off in the hot pot of wax. Most people will use 2-3 chains rotating so they can just swap on a new one when it starts making noise/balky shifting.
You may use additives like powdered graphite, molybdenum disulfide, or PTFE in the wax, but unless you are a world-cup level cyclist, you probably won't notice a difference versus straight paraffin.
You can clean your chains in mineral spirits before returning them to the bath, but it makes minimal difference unless there is solid particulate (dirt) on the chain. Anything small enough to get out swishing a jar will be carried out by the hot paraffin. Every so often (yearly?) switch the crock pot on long enough to melt the bottom of the wax, remove the puck, and scrape the bottom/clean out the crock.