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Wax off, wax on : 92/100

A few months ago I wrote about changing by bike chain lubrication to a wax based system. Shortly after then I reduced my bike riding considerably and the wax testing fell off the radar. I was still riding with the wax chains. However I had not done a re-waxing of the chains.

The reason for that was the number of projects we had going. Just getting the cock pot up to heat with the wax takes a couple hours. Then you need a space where you can hang the chain to dry and keep things clean. Once I setup a work bench in the shed I had my space.

So last weekend I rinsed the 2 chains that I had ridden on for about 200 miles each. To rinse a waxed chain you place the chain into a colander and pour boiling water over the chain. This washes away the wax on the outside of the chain, which is also where the dirt and debris are attached.

Then I air dried the chains before dipping them individually into the wax/Teflon mixture in the crock pot. Once they soaked for a few minutes I air dried them on a dowel rod hanger I custom built during the waxing operation. Then I reapplied one chain set back on the bike and rode smoothly again.

So far I would say the waxing process is challenging but worth it. From having to strip the factory lube off of new chains, to setting aside a few hours to reapply the wax. There are a lot of parts and pieces involved. However the bike does ride noticeably smoother and has better shifting.

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Maintenance Off the Bike

Cracked : 54/100

Changed my chain the other day, as the wax had worn off the old one, and noticed a crack in a weld on my bike. Its a strange place for a weld to crack but there is it on the drive side seat stay. Having a crack in your bike is never a great time.

Wonka Flower

Naturally I still went on a 20+ mile ride, but only on pavement. Its much safer that way, I guess. Not to find someone who welds titanium…

Workout detail

Spent 2 hours trail building this morning then another hour after work. Almost have the first part of fence-line done. Thinking I should have it finished this week.