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Steaming ........

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Saddle bum, 8 Feb 2008.

  1. Saddle bum

    Saddle bum Über Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Anybody any experience of using a mini steam cleaner on chains?

    Gunk the gloop off with a soluble degreaser and then steam clean.

    Seemed like a good idea at the time. :wacko:
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I'd be wary of doing it on-bike, your paint might not like it.

    TBH, I think all this TLC people heap on chains is a waste of time. A paintbrush and solvent to clean followed by some oil is the best method. It does the job and won't wash the manufacturers grease from the pins. I went through all those fancy cleaning methods on motorcycle chains and came to the conclusion that although they shone like a new pin they ended up knackered much more quickly.
     
  3. jashburnham

    jashburnham New Member

    Just give it a good clean with a rag (and some degreaser if you must) lube, wipe down thoroughly, relube, gentle wipe, done.
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    deedy, OCD some on here

    it's a chain, it's supposed to be oily, and it's a replaceable part
     
  5. RedBike

    RedBike New Member

    Location:
    Beside the road
    I wouldn't of thought a steam cleaner would be much help. The lube shouldn't absorb the water or react to the heat.

    If you want a snazzy cleaner for your chain you can buy a sonic cleaner for jewellery (used to be very cheap at Aldi). Personnely I would stick to using a rag, or a dedicated chain cleaner if it's very mucky.
     
  6. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    nice link hub and I think that shows what the mighty Sheldon thought

    bless him
     
  8. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Bang on Tynan.
    Great guy, great site, great sense of humour. The world is a lessor place now.
    May Sheldon always have a tailwind.