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Anyone ever try wax...(4 posts)

Anyone ever try wax...Lazy
Jul 14, 2001 3:23 PM
instead of other lubes on brake and/or shifter cables? I.E. ski wax, surf wax, or similar? If so, does it work?
re: Anyone ever try wax...LC
Jul 14, 2001 7:54 PM
Yea, I made that mistake. Wax is too sticky and makes the cables stick so that all kind of bad things happen. Just trying to move the shifters becomes hard and when you apply the breaks, they stay that way.
works fine...buzzz
Jul 16, 2001 7:06 AM
plain old parrafin... cheap, too! just make sure you coat the cables thoroughly, run them through the block at least a couple of times while turning
Paraffin is a traditional chain lube, but...cory
Jul 16, 2001 9:16 AM
Years ago, when I was just getting interested in cycling, the hardcore guy's chain lube was melted paraffin--you were supposed to melt it in a double boiler (because it's flammable and burns like kerosene), then soak your chain in it until it was good and waxy and hang it to dry.
I did it a few times. It was messy as hell, plus heating the wax over water didn't get it hot enough to penetrate--you had to put it over a burner and get it up to 300-350 degrees to do a good job. The excess wax would flake off the chain, so it stayed clean, but you had to redo it every 100-150 miles. Pain in the @ss.
I've also used it on cables, where it works fine but no better than other lubes. Cheap, though.