What do you guys use for your chain etc? I recently bought some citrus decreaser from CRC but I’ve almost ran out now due to servicing a few work colleagues bikes.
Would something like this be ok?Posted 4 years ago
I’m not wanting the decreaser for my own chain but for when I sort out work colleague and friends bikes.
Even though I’ve told them what to use on their chains, the lads at work take advice from our maintenance guys and start putting horrible grease on the chain. Couple of weeks later and said chain is almost solid with grease and grit. They know how to ride but are clueless with maintenance.
Wet lube is the best option for me to use on their chains, Doesn’t need reapplying as often as dry.Posted 4 years agoDoctorRadSubscriber
White spirit is a petroleum distillate and should not be disposed of down drains. Take it to the tip and put it with the used oil if you must use it, I think it’s horrible stuff.
I use janitorial citrus degreaser concentrate, about £15 for 5 litres, and can be diluted up to 100 times for general cleaning purposes.
I soak chains in it after every winter ride, then rinse with hot water until the water runs clear. WD-40 or air dry then relube.
If you don’t clean your chain properly, the micro-grit it picks up as you ride stays in the crevices and acts as lapping compound, wearing your chain faster.Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Put chain in a jar of petrol and shake vigerously.Posted 4 years ago
Leave to soak if needs be, usually only for as long as it takes ot clean the rest of the bike.
Spray with GT85 (or more recently Wurth Sabesto as I keep breaking the nozzle on GT85 cans and have now given up on it)TuckerUKMember
Not as a degreaser, but as an effective cleaner (with mild lubrication/anti-corrosion properties) I use heating oil (Kerosene) because I get it free; my mum has oil fired heating! But even when paid for Kerosene is one of the cheapest cleaners.
For the umpteenth time, never ever use petrol! I used it for chain cleaning all the time until the vapour was ignited by who knows what. I lived to share my warning. There’s a reason why petrol station forecourts are covered in warnings.
And no, I don’t wear a helmet, do shoot, do fly, ride MX, and drive very enthusiastically.Posted 4 years agoJohnClimberSubscriber
I’ve found this to be awesome and it lasts for ages as you don’t use that much.Posted 4 years ago
Comma engine degreaser. Works fantastic. Much cheaper than those specific bike lubes. I also cant see how ‘over cleaning’ a chain can be detrimental to its life. I degrease, scrub it, dry it and relube in 10 mins, so if regulary done, the grime doesn’t stick like pooey stuff.Posted 4 years ago
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