barefoot wrote:I used to use straight paraffin "preserving" wax... This time ... a blend with beeswax.
The only beeswax I had handy was a tin of Rivers Footware shoe-preserving ... mostly beeswax, with a bit of neatsfoot oil ... a small scoop of that into the pot while it was melting. The result is much cleaner
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.
Well, the conclusion is that it's crap.
Horrible grindy dry-chain noises within a week of 12km/day commutes. Repeated a few times, with repeated results.
I thought I'd try adding to the blend, so I threw a dollop of bearing grease in to the mix today. Well, that was a silly idea. When they talk about "high melting point" with regard to grease, they mean that it doesn't change consistency doesn't dissolve in hot wax.
Oh well, I was due for a new batch of wax anyway. So that sample of ineffective wax-blend with dollops of grease floating around in it can go in the bin.
On the upside, it's not such an arduous and fiddly process if you have the right equipment. I found myself an electric wok in the local Salvos shop. It lives in the shed, filled with wax. When the chain needs it, it comes off the bike and coiled up on top of the solid wax. Turn the wok on, the wax melts and the chain sinks. After a few minutes, the chain is up to temp and fully penetrated, so I fish it out and hang it on a bit of wire above the wok to drip, and turn the wok off. Cleaned and lubed in next to no time.
Now I just need to work out a wax blend that means I don't need to do this relatively quick and painless process quite so frequently