Words: Ben Milivojevic                                                                                   Photos: Ben Sykes

Chain waxing is not as hard as or time consuming as people think. The extra few minutes to wax a chain at the start saves you that time in the long run as you’re not having to clean the drivetrain all the time. Not only will you have a clean and more efficient drivetrain, it will last so much longer not running in a black grinding paste.
Things you will need:

  • Wax (food grade NOT candles)
  • Slow cooker (no bigger than 3.5L)
  • New chain
  • Master link removal tool
  • Swishing tool (made from a coat hanger)
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Methylated spirits
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Container

Click through the gallery at the top fo the page for the step-by-step guide to waxing you chain.

Q & A
Q – Do I need to clean my chain/drivetrain anymore?
ANo, you may like to brush out the flaked off wax in-between the cassette cogs every 2000km.
Q – Can I simply take my chain off and re-wax without cleaning?
AYes, if you like before the waxing procedure pour boiling water on to the chain to melt the old wax, dry and simply re-wax.
Q – How long will the wax last?
AYou should get around 300km before the re-waxing is needed (this will vary with riding conditions).
Q – Why does my chain sound dry?
AYour chain is coated in a solid wax so a little metal on metal noise is common.

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