- How to keep your drivetrain running nice?
Some of this.
A lot of the cleaning regimes above are perhaps overcomplicated, and while using GT85 as a lube on it’s own will eat your chain, as an interim between cleans with the cleaner, just spray some on, wipe, then use oil.Posted 7 years agoMunqe-chickMember
(Mr MC posting)
when I was a scientist I used to make use of the ultrasonic baths and acetone stored in my lab, came out looking new and the vibration displaced all the internal grit that causes the wear. Surpised Park Tool havent marketed one given they happily charge 15 quid for a disc rotor straightener (google image it) ❗ 🙄
If you dont want to buy a chain cleaning device (we bought a Park Tool this summer, but whilst on holiday in US and on sale so it was cheap as chips) for the last couple of years I’ve used a nail brush that came in a christmas cracker, its perfectly sized for the cassette and makes a good job of the chain.Posted 7 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
Here’s my regime:
Wipe excess oil from chain
Roughly wash bike
Clean and lube jockeys
Spray GT85 on the chain
Wipe with cloth
Run a generous amount of wet lube inside surface of the chain, never the outside, and spin the pedals to move it around
GT85 is not a great lube, but it is very good at getting into the links, driving out water and helping to release mud, grit and old lube when you wipe the chain down. It also helps transport wet lube into the links where it is needed. And then it evaporates, leaving lube in-place. You must wipe surface oil away before starting the next ride or it will just draw grit into the links.
Every now and then, it’s worth unlinking the chain was soaking in white spirit, wiping and then soaking in oil, and then wiping (a lot)Posted 7 years agomissingfrontallobeMember
It’s the lube/grease between the roller & the pin that matters. I don’t use a chain cleaner, just apply lots of my chosen lube, wipe with cloth, repeat until I’m happy that the lube/wipe technique has removed as much of the surface dirt as possible. This means no degreaser penetrating the space between roller & pin removing the grease that stops the dirt getting in in the first place.Posted 7 years ago
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