But if you don't periodically deepclean, how can you get rid of the grit and general debris that inevitably collects on a chain over time?I think the whole notion of degreasing chains is wrong. Clean with an oily rag by all means, then add a bit more clean oil. The manufacturer goes to a certain amount of trouble to get oil into the inside rollers and it's then harder for you to get new oil back in, apart from any new oil getting diluted by degreaser residue
That sounds excessive. And expensive. And a waste of fuel/energy. Why does the chain need to go in an oven for an hour?I use Jizer in an ultrasonic bath and then rinse it many times with detergent and water. It then goes in the oven at 70C for an hour before re-oiling.
Jizer is water soluble, so I rinse it off with repeated water/detergent, and then plain water. I want to get any water out of any tiny spaces between the pins, rollers and plates. That needs heat. Hence the oven.That sounds excessive. And expensive. And a waste of fuel/energy. Why does the chain need to go in an oven for an hour?
I clean by shaking the chain in degreaser in a 1 litre plastic milk bottle - you only need a bit of degreaser at the bottom.
Rinse thoroughly. Wipe dry with a paper towel - maybe air a bit on the washing line. Fit back on bike and then as I drive it use a clean brush to remove any small bits left between links. Oil. And ride. No oven needed.