Here at SILCA we have an incredible customer service team and do our best to answer a wide range of really great questions.
In recent years chain lube and chain wax has been a major topic we see time and time again in our inbox. We thought compiling a few of these common how, why, and which questions would be perfect for a blog post.
Chain Wax FAQ
Waxing your chain is an everyday topic around the SILCA office. Just a couple of years ago it was just a thing we did for the pros, but seemingly everybody is jumping on the chain wax bandwagon. We love to see that happening because it really is the best option in our opinion. A few of the most common chain wax questions are here below:
How do I clean my chain for wax?
The best way to clean your chain for wax is by submerging it in Chain Stripper for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse with water. Let it dry and dip it in the wax.
What is the best lube for Mountain Bike?
Do I need to buy my own Crockpot?
No. Instant Pots and crock pots are great options. There are also some great wax melters on the market that make this very easy. While they are great, our Secret Chain Blend comes in its own Sous Vide bag that allows the wax to be melted just in a pot of hot water.
How Long Do I leave my chain in the wax
Typically only about two minutes is plenty. As you agitate the chain in the wax you will see bubbles come to the surface. When these bubbles stop, this means that the wax has displaced all the water.
How long does SILCA Chain Wax Last
On average we see 250-350 miles per application. In true SILCA fashion the true answer is it depends. Riding conditions can shorten this to just 50 miles in the worst of the worst conditions and great conditions we have seen as many as 500-800 miles from a single applicaiton.
How do I re-lube a waxed chain mid ride?
Synergetic Chain Lube or another high quality oil based lubricant is the go to for mid-ride lubrication. This is because drip wax needs 4 hours to dry before it works as intended. Super Secret is a perfect top up lubricant between rides but because of the dry time requirement it isn't ideal for mid-ride top ups.
The start of SILCA's chain wax line was the SuperSecret Chain Lube. This was the first wax based lubricant tested by ZeroFrictionCycling to not have penetration issues shown as high wear in block one of the chain lube wear test.
While hot waxing your chain with Secret Chain Blend is certainly the best method in terms of wear, efficiency, and cleanliness, using a drip wax is the perfect way to keep a waxed chain running for a long time without having to take the chain off the bike. it is a perfect addition to a waxed chain or on its own. We will also have a drip wax FAQ article coming in the near future as well. What questions do you have about drip wax? Let us know below.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list but we thought this would be a good start to answer some questions about chain waxing and chain lube in general. If you have any other questions, please reach out to email@example.com or let us know in the comments below.