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Chain cleaning and degreasing

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

  1. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    People clean chains?
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  2. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    I can think of worse places for thongs to get stuck
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I used to use people but the Vicar was quite vocal about being left covered in grime, so I use rags now.
  4. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

  5. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

  6. Scoosh

    Scoosh Velocouchiste Staff Member

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  7. You are a bad person.
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  8. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    That's what they say, but I don't believe them.
  9. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Step 1. Buy this or similar http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20-LITRES...042417?hash=item360836ca31:g:4~YAAOSwFV9Xxpk2
    Step 2. Dilute 1 part in 3 to 5 parts water depending on how band the chain is and pour into a Park Tool Chain Cleaner.
    Step 3. Save shoot tonne of money on GT85 or WD45.

    20L should last forever if you clean montly, this way it costs peanuts. Citrus degreaser is biodegradable, not as toxic as most of the crap on the market. I wouldn't advise drinking it though. Doesn't taste like lemonade... hicup. :wacko::hungry:
  10. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Did mine today.

    1. Spray the chainset with degreaser, then go off and clean the wheels.
    2. Come back wipe the chain thoroughly with a rag and spray with lube
    3. Remove rear wheel, use rag to floss between the cogs
    4. Scrub cassette with degreaser, scrape out gunk with a flat head screwdriver, then hot soapy water. Then spray with lube.

    It's winter, so wipe down the chain every day and add a small amount of wet lube as appropriate.
  11. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Market Rasen
  12. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    but what about all the grit and muck that builds up between the links?
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  13. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    But if you degrease the chainset (am assuming you include the chain in this) and then apply lube without having washed off the degreaser, aren't you going to cause problems for the new lube?
  14. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Über Member

    East Devon
    IMO 'spraying' lubrication onto a chain is a route to ineffectiveness. One's lubrication of choice needs to be dripped on (if the chain stays on), and excess wiped off (ideally with time in between).
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  15. Reiver

    Reiver Astronaut

    Middle Marches
    Yep, you need to get the oil inside the rollers

    if the chain has had a good soaking on wet salty roads the simplest and most thorough solution is to boil it in oil (I use chainsaw as its sticky and I also have loads of it) . It leaves the chain beautifully clean and you get virtually no wear on your next ride. Surprisingly quick to do, drop it in a tin heat it up to 100c, lift out and allow to drip dry, by the time you have rubbed the rest of the bike down it is ready to refit. Lift it out when hot though, I have tried letting it cool in the oil but the problem here is the inner parts of the rollers stay full of oil and when you start pedalling it all ouses out and makes a bit of a mess.
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