Asked by: Ayten Sadowski
automotive auto repair

Is Chain Wax better than lube?

Last Updated: 25th April, 2020

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Broadly: oil-based (wet) lubes are more water resistant but attract gunk and turn into black sticky goo on your chain, grease-based (wet) lubes are more water and mud resistant but attract even more gunk, and wax (dry) lubes attract little gunk but wash off more easily.

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Keeping this in consideration, is wax a good lubricant?

Generally wax based lubes (here, I'm not talking about dipping your chain in hot paraffin wax, but of liquid lubes with wax in them) are best in dry conditions. “Wet” lubes are best in wet conditions. Wax based lubes are a type of “dry” lube. Wax based lubes tend to reject dry dust and dirt quite well.

what type of chain lube should I use? Every bike cupboard should have both a wet and dry lube. Dry lubes are for the driest conditions and cleanest chains. Wet lubes can be used all year, offer better value and have the greatest longevity.

Also Know, what is the difference between chain lube and chain wax?

The only real difference is the way to apply it to the chain. Lube is more fluid and it will take time for the oil to penetrate the o-rings properly.

Is Motul Chain Lube good?

Motul Chain Lube is better than 3M. Motul Chain Lube helps in diminishing rubbing between metal connections and reducing wear and tear. A very much oiled chain will move with less protection, will last more, and won't destroy alternate parts of the drive prepare.

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Pau Coerne

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What can I use instead of lubricant?

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Annabell Heiderer

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How do you apply lubricant?

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Susanne Anastasia

Professional

How often should I lube my bike chain?

In terms of adding lube in between cleanings, every week or two should be fine, more often if the drivetrain is getting noisy. Just a few drops of lube should be enough, unless you ride on very dirty roads. I would say that it is best to clean and lube your chain after every ride.

Blair Ruiz-Celedon

Explainer

How long does a waxed chain last?

In normal riding conditions training chains will last approximately 300 miles. If riding in wet or muddy conditions, re-wax after each ride. It's not possible to wax too much!

Tarun Ochaita

Explainer

What is the best motorcycle chain lube?

11 Best Motorcycle Chain Lubes (Reviews) in 2020
  • PJ1 1-20 Black Label Chain Lube.
  • Bel-Ray Super Clean Chain Lube.
  • DuPont Teflon Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant.
  • Pit Posse Set of Spray Cans of Chain & Cable Lube Wax.
  • Motul Factory Line Chain Lube.
  • Nextzett 96050515 Ultra Gel Chain Grease.
  • Honda Pro Chain Lube With White Graphite.

Bladimiro Wiedmann

Pundit

What is chain wax?

Maxima Chain Wax is a superior power spray lubricant designed for all chain care needs. It's special Para-Film formula creates a waxy film similar to Cosmoline, offering long term protection especially in water and high humidity environments. Chain Wax is simply the best choice for all chain and cable care needs.

Wenhui Muslera

Pundit

How do I know if my bike chain needs Lube?

Check for adequate lubrication by listening for squeaks while riding. If you find either condition, your chain needs at least a spot-cleaning. To spot-clean the chain while it's still on your bike: Brush out the links with a firm brush (an old toothbrush also works).

Hairong Guha

Pundit

Does new bike chain need lube?

Don't do this! The factory lubricant all by itself is usually good for several hundred miles of service if the bike is not ridden in wet or dusty conditions. It is best not to apply any sort of lube to a new chain until it is clearly needed, because any wet lube you can apply will dilute the factory lube.

Olga Dnishev

Pundit

Can I use wd40 on bike chain?

WD-40 doesn't really lubricate much of anything. It's actually a de-greaser, so it will remove any lubricant from bicycle chains, cables and other pivot joints. If you're cleaning your chain for re-lubrication purposes with a product other than WD-40, then WD-40 will be fine to use.

Boumedien Wormald

Pundit

Can you use engine oil on a bike chain?

Using engine oil as a chain lubricant might serve you the purpose. Engine oil could get greasy at lower temperature or might even solidify. Improper lubrication would lead to chain wear, jerky transmission and added friction. Engine oil costs more than the chain lube.

Stoyanka Tocco

Teacher

What does Chain Lube do?

“A good quality lube will tack off overnight and even after use leaves a film on the chain's external surfaces to help keep moisture from the internal bushes and pins, as well as reducing friction between the chain rollers and sprockets.

Joudia Slootmaekers

Teacher

Can I use 3 in 1 oil on my bike chain?

3in1 oil is the worst oil you can use. When the light lubricants evaporate it leaves a paste behind which will build up and is hard to remove. Stick with a silicone lube or if you want an oil then get some mobile one and an oil can. It is a great lube for cables and chains

Jim Boyd Bodensteiner

Teacher

How long do bike chains last?

500 to 5,000 miles

Amarildo Zingg

Reviewer

Can I use gear oil as chain lube?

You can use gear oil if you want to, it will lubricate your chain. Some thinner motor lube will tend to spray off the chain when pedaling.

Domenico Nurkaev

Reviewer

How do you lube a Motul chain?

When applying Motul Chain Lube Road, turn the rear wheel to move the chain and apply a thin even layer of Motul Chain Spray Road. Spray at least two inches away from the chain and apply the lube only to the inside of the chain. The spray head has a capillary tube that allows the spray to be applied with precision.

Ramdan Hatesur

Reviewer

Wenjing Harmans

Reviewer

What can I use to lube my dirt bike chain?

WD-40 actually works better as a cleaner for chains rather than a lubricant and you will quickly see the problem using WD-40 as a chain lubricant when dirt and other debris coat the chain after a day of riding.