- Putoline question
run it thru a cloth a good few turns to take excess of the outside – helps stop it staining your clothes.
I do this when it’s still warm and hanging up. Less black on the outside of the chain – and that black can flake off and get on your jockey wheels etc. But even then nowhere near as bad as wet lube gunk.Posted 1 month agothisisnotaspoonSubscriber
It’s winter conditions and a bit of proper wet weather that seem to be causing problems for me now.
Yea, it does seem odd though, it obviously doesn’t last as long in winter as it does in summer, but it always seems to last longer than I’d expect anything else to.
Usually this time of year I’d count anything left at the end of a CX ride as being better than nothing. The only time I’ve completely stripped it was at “that” Gorrick enduro at Swinley where it did only last 10 miles (but so did a brand new chain and cassette and a set of sintered brake pads, and everyone quit).Posted 1 month agoteamslugMember
I’ve been using Putoline in a DFF for 3 or so years. Always been happy with the level of lubrication I’m getting. Regarding temperatures and flammability… I once left mine plugged in and running by accident for about 2 hours and nothing untoward happened. Trainer Road Podcast also say that a waxed chain will save you 2 or 3 watts so I’m in….Posted 1 month agojimmySubscriber
Starting reading this thread about “to clean or not to clean” I used to wax mine in slow cooker, was told no cleaning necessary. After a few goes, I tipped the chilled wax out of the cooker and there was a nice black layer on the bottom which I split off and put the cleaner top section back in for reuse. Dunno if that works with putoline.Posted 1 month ago
I’ve just done my first two chain, in a cheap DFF. Melts easily enough, I did about 150C, for about 20 mins with a bit of jiggling.
The MTB chain had been cleaned before, the one off my Brompton hasn’t been cleaned other than a run through an oily rag every now and then.
It seems dead easy but I’m not impressed yet with the finish, it hasn’t (to quote TJ)
The molten wax cleans the chain. It will remove all traces of oil and dirt. the wax will stick to an oiled chain
there’s still quite a bit of gritty stuff on the inner plates (you know, the narrower links)
What do you reckon? Hotter? Longer? More agitation? or is that some of the graphite in the mix, and not grit?
Will run on the MTB tomorrow and see what it comes back like, if necessary do a proper clean and then rewax.Posted 1 month agomolgripsSubscriber
I de-greased first time by putting the chain in a box with a lid and some alcohol and shaking it a lot. This cleaned all the crap off the inner plates. Then on subsequent cleanings, it didn’t have the crud accumulation in the same way.
So I’d say de-grease thoroughly first.Posted 1 month ago
Did my MTB chain this afternoon. As above it is now a bit black on the inner link plates but as the wax is black surely this is normal? Also as it sets black in the DFF then how are people seeing a dark layer of grit/dirt on the bottom after it’s been used for a while?Posted 1 month ago
Ran a rag over the outer plates lightly a couple of times while it was drying but still quite a lot of dried bits sticking out at jaunty angles, I’m assuming most of this will flake off with a bit of riding. What I will say is that it’s never felt smoother or quieter when I had a spin round the block, the drivetrain on the ebike has always been particularly noisy. If it lasts well and doesn’t get too mucky I’ll be made up. Hoping for a ground frost tonight and an early race the thaw home ride in the morning,
likewise; chain’s back on the bikes and they do seem to be running smoothly, albeit only in the workstand. It’s a bit harder doing up the QL though, will have to remember to clean down the ends a bit more next time.
The only other issue encountered so far is that apparently I shouldn’t have used the big spoon out of our salad serving set / wedding gift to get the wax out of the tin. Ah well……Posted 1 month ago
I’m not expecting it to be as clean as Squirt or Smoove though, I’d gathered that from photos on here. Much as I love a clean drivetrain I hate grinding noises more so if it stays smooth for a decent length of time and doesn’t get completely filthy that’ll do mePosted 1 month agoshermer75Member
So is £30 about right for a tin of Puteline wax?Posted 1 month ago
I paid £25 via Amazon, so yes, about right.
Sounds a lot but you get a lot and if it works and lasts as well as others say it’ll be way cheaper, even with the outlay on the deep fat fryer, than bottle and bottles of lube.
And it ran pretty smooth and is still very waxy after today’s mucky 20 mile MTB ride.Posted 1 month ago
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