How do u clean your chain?
How do you keep your chains looking clean, I can put a new good quality chain on a bike and with a few rides its black and horrible.
I lube it regularly and wipe off the excess, clean the jocky wheels, chainrings ect but the chain always ends up looking cack.
is there an easy way of keeping these clean?Posted 5 years agocheekyboyMember
White spirit or diesel, pour into an empty 2 litre pop bottle, drop chain in bottle, put lid on bottle and vigorously shake until fed up of shaking, pour white spirit back into original bottle straightaway before all the sediment settles back to the bottom, remove chain and dry with a rag, re-lube.Posted 5 years agogrievoustimMember
Ss bikes – just wipe it with a tag and add more wet lube. Black gunk doesn’t seem an issue when there are no jockey wheels
Geared bikes – I clean new chains in white spirit. Then use squirt lube – which doesn’t go black and doesn’t require constant chain cleaning.Posted 5 years agoBrickManMember
swarfega jizer. Dirty cheap, recyclable and its got a funny name. What more do you want!
But seriously, I use this stuff for just about everything. £20 buys you 5 litres (or more) of the stuff, which goes a hell of a lot faster than any bike dedicated/priced up product.
Safe enough on paint (wouldn’t leave it alone eating away at your bike though), and washs off with a hosepipe. Also ecologically sound.
I use it in £5 ebay chain cleaning device and its amaze balls.Posted 5 years agofootflapsSubscriber
I spray citrus degreaser on it and the cassette whilst turning the cranks to make sure it all gets a coating. Wait 5 mins, then spray chain with hose (mid chain stay, so away from any bearings). All grease and dirt gets blasted off and chain looks mint.
Couldn’t be bothered with taking it off to clean….Posted 5 years agoskiboyMember
I use ambersil, it’s used to clean f1 engine parts, I buy it from Cromwell industrial supplies,
I just stick a little in my chain cleaning type thing give it 20 sec or so, scrub the crank and mech with a brush using the dirty cleaner from the chain type thingy , quick hose down , dry , relube , donePosted 5 years agobillytinkleMember
Wash off with the rest of the bike, give it a good wipe off with an old rag/towel/whatever, use a chain cleaning device with degreaser followed by isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol – available cheap enough on amazon) every few cleans or when I think required. Then GT85 to disperse moisture prior to lube,
I found it more important to lube sparingly and use just one drop of oil on each roller on the chain to prevent vast amounts of crap building up. Anal, but working for me after lots of experimenting and no chain removal.Posted 5 years agoesher shoreMember
Following the advice of shimano and kmc? At the most extreme; washing with warm soapy water and rinsing. Then lubing with dry lube. Wiping chain with clean rag whilst in middle chainline and using rag pulled down to put chain under load. Followed by more lube and wiping off. NEVER using solvents or chain cleaning machines…Posted 5 years ago
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