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Don't try this at home!!!(5 posts)

Don't try this at home!!!fretking
Jan 6, 2003 3:24 PM
Confession time and a sacrifice to the god of stupidity! Yesterday, while performing routine maintenance I decided to lube my chain. I use White Lightning wax lube. The temp in my garage was around 35 degrees, so when I applied the lube it just sat on the chain and didn't penetrate. Being the quick-thinking fellow that I am, I broke out my handy propane torch to gently heat the chain and melt the lube. (Bear in mind, I have about 15 years experience as a welder, as well as holding an A&P certificate from the FAA, so I know a thing or two about torches, open flame, and the like, though apparently not enough.) I didn't even get the flame within 12 inches when the entire chain caught fire! The flames were about 3 to 5 inches in height and yellow like a candle. I started blowing like a hurricane while furiously back-pedaling but it only made things worse. Try to imagine what that looked like. If I were wearing my heart rate monitor I'm sure I'd have reached a new max. In about ten seconds, however, the fire went out on it's own. The chain was warm, but not hot, as were the big chainring and #11 on my cassette. No damage occurred to my bike (1999 Trek 5500 & Campy) and the lube had penetrated nicely! I, however, recommend against this as a preferred method of lubing a chain in the cold. Upon reflection, a hair dryer on the chain BEFORE the lube would probably be okay.

Fretking
and it's sterile, toomohair_chair
Jan 6, 2003 3:31 PM
Check your pulleys closely. They didn't melt?
and it's sterile, toofretking
Jan 6, 2003 3:36 PM
No pulley damage, though I was really smokin on my next ride!
and it's sterile, toomohair_chair
Jan 6, 2003 3:44 PM
I also set my chain on fire once, but my pulleys melted. I won't bore anyone with that story! You are lucky.
LOL - great story.Scot_Gore
Jan 6, 2003 3:39 PM
You'll probaly get someone trying to get on MTV's JackA$$by doing this while riding.

Contributing to the dilquency of a minor, ah oh.....