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Chain cleaning and degreasing

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by RyanB98, 10 Jan 2017.

  1. RyanB98

    RyanB98 Active Member

    Ive been looking at previous posts about how often you should clean your chain and what you should use. What I am questioning though is if I go out on my bike 3-4 times a week and wash it when I get home, do I need to degrease it and then lube it back up everytime? If not which I assume you dont, how do I go about cleaning the chain without the degreaser?
  2. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    I spray some GT85 into a rag and run the dirty chain through the rag then re-lube.
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  3. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

  4. Jody

    Jody Über legend of a forum GOD!

    Don't degrease it. Just wipe it dry then re-apply lube and maybe wash your bike a little bit less unless its winter.
  5. I'm thinking of starting my own bicycle chain lube company selling fair trade, organic, free range, gluten free, vegan, whole-meal chain lube in various flavours of aromatherapy such as 'Desert Orchid Dryzabone K-Rusty Oxide', 'Gritty Treaclepaste Black Gack', 'Back-O-The-Shed Spider's Nest Special' and 'Grandad's Parafin Lamp Dregs Delight'. And maybe 'Lavender'.
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  6. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    I would maybe forget the lavender:okay:
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  7. smutchin

    smutchin Cat 6 Racer

    The Red Enclave
    Do you do a homeopathic version?
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  8. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
  9. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    I'll take 25 litres of Lavender. Do you do Paypal?
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  10. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I', already selling Scruttocks Olde Shagnasty Deluxe Chain Urgent to the hipsters. Also doubles as a passable moustache wax.
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  11. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    I give it a scrub with a soft ish bristled brush with exactly the same stuff as I wash the rest of the bike. a bucket of hot water and washing up liquid. Then a dry down and a spray of wd40 or gt85. Give it 30 secs or so to let it soak in a bit then spin the peddles for about 30 secs to work it in further. This displaces the water and leaves a coating of lube on. I then leave it for an hour or so before giving it a wipe and a proper lube. Mind you I only wash the bikes properly when they need it. Thats after most rides with the mountain bikes.
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  12. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    Don't buy one of those fancy chain cleaner gizmos. I've got a Park Tools one and I've used it once...I now clean my chain with an oily rag. The rag came from a multipack from a DIY shop and cost me about 8p. The chain cleaner cost me £15...go figure.

  13. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Just wipe it with an old pair of underpants. It's free and easy. Or at least it will be if you're not wearing any underpants.
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  14. greekonabike

    greekonabike President of the 'Democratic Republic' of GOAB

    Don't use a thong, they get stuck in the front mech....apparently.

  15. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Chainsets covered in shoot look awful, I don't give a shoot what engineers think/say about things being meant to be like that.

    I have one chainset, immaculate, tuned, raced only that is always perfect.

    I have another chainset on a bike I commute on that is always farked.

    I'll take the clean one, cheers.