How To Wax A Bicycle Chain | Maintenance Monday

Published on November 13th 2017


Although it might seem a bit odd, there are a number of benefits to waxing your chain. Jon teaches you how best to do it here.

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The two main benefits to a waxed chain are:

1. That it reduces drivetrain friction and so gives a performance increase
2. The wax is very effective at repelling dirt, and so increases the lifetime of your drivetrain.

To wax your chain you will need:
- A very clean chain, dirt will stop the wax sticking to the chain
- A slow cooker, this is much safer than cooking in a pan on the hob
-Paraffin wax, buy it in granules instead of in a block if possible, this will reduce the time it takes to melt

Once your wax has completely melted in the slow cooker, completely submerge your chain, and leave for around 15 minutes.

Once bubbles have stopped coming from the chain links, hang your chain up to drip dry

When the chain in dry, work it about to remove the stiffness that comes with the wax build up.

Once you have cleaned this excess wax from your chain, simply fit it to your bike, and off you go!

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