PubliusNaso wrote: barefoot wrote:
fiddly, messy and potentially dangerous process
And who could ask for anything more from a basic bike maintenance task?
I paid extra moneys to get a stainless steel chain on my commuter.
It simply doesn't do to have it coated in sticky black gunk.
It's now shiny, clean and quiet.
And besides, it's only dangerous and unacceptably messy if you cook your chain in a saucepan over a conventional hotplate in the kitchen. Only an idiot would do that (note to self: must find a cheap crock-pot or similar at an op-shop... preferably before the new kitchen is installed
For any other chain waxers (or wax-curious); I used to use straight paraffin "preserving" wax, which was very messy and honestly not very effective. This time I took note of a tip I read on the interweb, recommending a blend with beeswax.
The only beeswax I had handy was a tin of Rivers Footware shoe-preserving type stuff, which I bought to treat my Brooks saddle. It's mostly beeswax, with a bit of neatsfoot oil (wtf that is) and other stuff that probably won't do any harm to a chain. Chucked a small scoop of that into the pot while it was melting. The result is much cleaner, with no wax-dandruff falling off the chain on first bending. Feels like it's more lubricated rather than simply encased in frozen wax... confirming what the interweb tipsters said in recommending it.
We'll see how it goes. In the past I haven't found wax to stand up well to wet weather. Maybe the beeswax will change that.