So as usual down to the individual. I don't de grease the chain after every ride, but do wash it along with the rest of the bike..dry off, quick reapply of dry lube and its good for next time. Only takes 15mins for a full bike clean doesn' it and well worth it IMO.
Northwind: mostly I'm using putoline motorbike chain wax now on TJ's recommendation- and it's brilliant. Chain looks a little dirty, as the grease is black, but it's fairly low stick and it lasts better than anything else I've used. Extra faff to apply but not that much over time since you apply it much less often. And the tin seems like I might be able to hand it down to my grandchildren.
My dad told me the best motorbike chain lube was the tin of melted wax stuff but never tried it as had an o-ring chain without a split link.
Roughly how many wet muddy rides and hose downs does it last? I've started alternating two chains to spread the wear and save the cogs so the tin of melted wax wouldn't be a big hassle really.
Re responses to my question
I relube every 1 to 3 rides, 1 drop to a roller a couple of days beforehand, so somewhere between 40 and 140 km which I believe is in operational parameters for the Finish Line Dry Ceramic. This is probably why I can't tell! Generally it doesn't need further cleaning than a rinse with a hose, if that. The wet is kind of reassuring in that you can hear it, albeit quietly, but it's possibly a bad thing compared to next to no noise.
I also have a Park chain cleaning device, but I don't use it that often, it's more for cleaning during rebuilds.
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