chain cleaning...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by mikehorne, 9 Feb 2018.

  1. mikehorne

    mikehorne Regular

    yes its probably been discussed a million times but... seem tempted to buy the Park Tool type cleaner for the complete automated process? however I do like to remove the chain and give it a proper clean?

    what and how do you do yours.....
     
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  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Tap Mickle Method into the search box for a lot of CCers preferred method.
     
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  3. rrarider

    rrarider Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I put the chain in an old saucepan filled with paraffin to a depth of about an inch. I put the pan on a solid fuel camping stove outside in the garden. I then light the stove to boil the paraffin and stir the chain about. The paraffin sometimes catches fire but it gets all the grit out of the chain which comes out nice and clean. I fish the chain out of the pan with a bent coat hanger and hang it up to cool.
     
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  4. woodenspoons

    woodenspoons Senior Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    You’re right there Mike. There’s as much chain-cleaning advice for cyclists on the web as there are cat memes. Surely you could just pick a method and then look at your chain to see if it’s clean.
    Go over to CTC forum for a browse: they get very worked up over there about it all.

    On a related note, anyone got a good way to sharpen pencils? I’ve got a load need doing and thought I’d tune out and do them tonight....
     
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  5. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    Not so much of late, but then all of a sudden here we are with a chain cleaning thread.

    Coincidence?
     
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  6. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    You cruel person! Stop cleaning your chain with a cat!

    CTC is no more :sad:
     
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  7. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    Trouble is with those things is: you have to clean them afterwards, which is a pain. Spray, wipe, spray, wipe, lube. wipe, lube wipe for me and every 800-1000km (ie at about the half life of the chain) remove, place in a lidded container of paraffin and several good shakes and wash and dry well (on a radiator), and lube, wipe, lube (with chainsaw oil since you don't ask). Full clean of cassette, chain rings and jockey wheels at that point too.
     
  8. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Do you have a machine for getting the lubricant into the chain or do you just leave the degreaser in it to trash it in short order? :crazy:
     
  9. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Über Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I had one of those and eventually chucked it out. AS noted above, you have to clean the damned thing after you've used it and that is more of a hassle than cleaning the chain ever was. I also found that it could spray dirty cleaning fluid everywhere too, when you used it. All in all, a prime waste of money. Cleaning a chain is not hard - wipe and lube, really. Learn from my mistake. Save your money.
     
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  10. If you’ve got a pressure washer, cleaning the chain cleaning machine is easy. Hold the machine in one hand, blast through with the pressures washer, easy. The chain clean machines are brilliant things, certainly not a waste of money in my experience, and ( if you use them correctly) do extend the life of your chain. Wiping and lubing isn’t an effective way of cleaning the chain, as you don’t get the muck out from in between the links, and the little bits of muck from the rivets. The ‘wiping and lubing’ thing is like brushing your teeth, by rubbing tooth paste around your mouth, using your finger, whereas using the chain clean machine is like using a proper tooth brush, and those little interdental brushes. The former may superficially make your teeth look clean, but hasn’t done much really, the latter means you’ve actually cleaned your teeth properly. Ironically, you can use the interdental tooth brushes to clean the bits between the links of your chain, if you can be arsed. Using the ultrasonic bath for your chain, is a bit like using mouthwash after brushing your teeth as well. Ironically, I suspect a lot of the folk who subscribe to the ‘wipe and lube, it’s the only way, those machines are the devil’s work I tells ya’ trope, probably need an ultrasonic bath to clean their ( false ) teeth.
     
  11. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Still not seeing how you get the mucky degreaser out from in between the links in your method.

    I've still the same teeth I had when I was 16. You?
     
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  12. Until and unless someone does a @Reiver style test carefully measuring recorded chain life against cleaning methods we'll never know whether or not faffing around with machines, ultrasonic baths, paraffin tanks and so on is effective in increasing the effectiveness and longevity of those oh so expensive chains.

    Until we get some evidence, it's all just a matter of taste and self-image. If you see yourself as a paraffin wax melty kinda guy (or gal) then go for it. If you hang with the twiddly machine dudes, then that's cool.

    I for my part am a rag soaked in white spirit and toothbrush dipped in white spirit kinda guy. It's how I roll.
     
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  13. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Holding something in your hand whilst trying to pressure wash it is never a good idea,at best youll get p1ssed wet through....or cause yourself injury
     
  14. I’ve never had a problem thus far.
     
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