gleaming chain

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Funk-Meister, 3 May 2010.

  1. Funk-Meister

    Funk-Meister New Member

    whitstable, kent
    i've removed my chain, is there something recommended to soak it in to give it a good clean prior to returning it to the bike. Its been on my bike for 1 1/2 yrs.

    Thanx in anticipation
  2. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    White spirits.

    Make sure you re-lube after on the rollers.
  3. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I'm a great fan of the "Mickle Method". Simply apply your choice of lube in a liberal fashion, then wipe chain thoroughly with a cloth. Repeat this operation until you are satisfied with the result. It may take four or five applications but it works a treat without washing out lube from the rollers.
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    New chain mate.......... wipe clean method for me on all my 4 bikes.. MTB, FIXED, and Road...........
  5. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Aagh, definitely not! You'll end up with a stripped chain with no lubrication inside, where it matters. Go for the Mickle Method.
  6. MajorMantra

    MajorMantra Well-Known Member

    Have you checked it for stretch? You may need a new chain anyway.
  7. al78

    al78 Veteran

    No you won't. Clean the chain when you are not going to be using the bike for a few hours and then leave the lube to soak in for a few hours after application (ideally overnight). Alternatively, rotate two chains and store one in a tub of chainsaw oil whilst the other is on the bike.

    The Mickle method gets the outside of the chain clean but does little to shift any grit that has worked its way inside the rollers, so it will just turn into a grinding paste the moment you apply lube.
  8. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Hmm. You get a minimal amount of extra life out of the chain for a huge amount of extra work and mess. Not worth it IME.

    Just keep the chain on the bike like normal people.
  9. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    ...on the slake
    :biggrin: tee hee!

    Mickle it
  10. Garz

    Garz Squat Member


    I was waiting for someone to join my side of the fence on this. Id hardly call it 'huge amount of extra work' using my chain pliers on a power link takes what a second?

    soak chain for few hours then wipe dry, let rest evaporate and most importantly re-apply decent lube. Wipe excess off just before next ride.
  11. al78

    al78 Veteran


    Wipe outside of chain - 10 seconds
    Removal of chain using powerlink - 5 seconds
    put chain in plastic container, submerge in white spirit, put lid on and agitate vigorously - 45 seconds
    remove chain, wipe dry with kitchen towell and hang up to dry - 1 hour, but can get on with cleaning rest of bike and doing a proper job of cleaning the drivetrain now the chain is off the bike.

    Putting chain back on and lubing - 1 minute

    Hardly a huge amount of extra work and very little mess.
  12. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Clean in petrol, allow to dry off, then soak in "Hot" chainsaw oil, don't remove chain from oil till all cooled down. wipe down with cloth and refit. result = chain like new.

    Alternative, instead of spending a couple of hours mucking about with chain, petrol, oil and heaters. Do an hours overtime at work get LBS to fit new chain, result = more money in pocket and more time to spend riding bike.

    For some reason that i fail to understand I go for the first solution:wacko:
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    28 years of chain cleaning by every single method mentioned above (and more) has convinced me that the Mickle method is just peachy. No mess, no solvents no fuss, and just as much (I'm certain more) life than using solvent based methods.
    Wet-wipes do a good job getting the crud off too.
  14. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    Aha! After a similarly long and varied chain cleaning career, I may have learned something I didn't know ;)
  15. Mista Preston

    Mista Preston Veteran

    yep the wet wipes first then a bit of mickling !
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