degreasing chain & cassette
I know a lot of people don’t like them but I have one of those chain baths that clips onto the chain and that works fine for me. I use the Finish Line degreaser which works fine although it’s a bit pricey.
I just can’t be bothered to take the chain off all the time.Posted 8 years ago
(why not degrease??)
Grease inside the links is a good thing – why would you spend time, effort and money removing it, only to spend time, money and effort putting it back? Let your chain dry in the shed then brush off the dust and squirt with light lube.
After 20-odd years I’ve found that this method gives longer chain life. I have found that washing the chain sends grit into the links.Posted 8 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
wet lube is terrible stuff for creating that horrible black gunk.
I see what glenp is saying, but is does assume that the lube being used hasn’t attracted any grit either.
I do favour the approach of using dry lube and wiping off the excess.
As for washing, a proper clean requires the cassette to be taken off, and the chain in a jam jar. I have tried white spirit, but have had good results using undiluted Fenwicks FS-1.Posted 8 years agozangolinMember
Chain – use quick link – Connex works best for me. Chain off – white spirit in large plastic pop bottle – shake + change spirit till clean. Dunk in hot soapy water rinse. Hang to dry in sun or on a warm radiator. Re-lube.
Cassette quick clean – remove wheel from bike. Pot of white spirit + 1″ brush. Tilt wheel at angle (so oily mess drips on floor) brush to loosen + soak dirt – blast with pressure washer or hose – wash with car brush + warm soapy water – rinse – job done.Posted 8 years ago
Agree that wet lube is fantastic grit attractor! I always use dry lube. More controversy on the way – I just use cheap, boring GT85. I know what you’re going to say, but experience tells me that it does work and the teflon content is enough. I think my chains basically run on the original manufacturer grease within and a thin film of GT85 on the outside. Anyhow, I get well over a year out of a chain, whereas other similarly used bikes will have done two in that time (having been washed).Posted 8 years agoDusty LilacMember
Agree that less is more when it comes to lube, Pro Gold or Rock ‘n’ Roll are both excellent. But if your chain is really mank (or new and covered in sticky grease) then try paint brush cleaner in the jam jar, toothbrush etc, can be the rinsed off in hot soapy water before a decent lube is applied and wiped clean.Posted 8 years agoMoominMember
I use one of those plastic paint kettles(plastic tub with a handle) from B&Q for about £1. A bit of parrafin in there and a 1″ paint brush. Only do it once a month.Posted 8 years ago
Leave the dirty parrafin in the paint kettle then when stripping parts for maintenance then they go straight in for a clean before going back on bike aswell.
Obvious the parrafin can take the lube out of freehubs and bearings so maintain these to suit. Everything nice and blingy, happy days.The DoogMember
Chain removed, snuck into work, blasted with the indstrial strength karcher. Then sprayed with mind bogglingly expensive German PTFE type lubricant!!! This is only possible when working nights!! Or when you work in the same job as me, all in all crap advice really……………Posted 8 years ago
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