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Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?(11 posts)

Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?MXL02
Aug 10, 2002 3:58 PM
After my $40 Pedro's Chain Machine crashed to the driveway and broke into a dozen pieces, I thought maybe I am doing this the hard and expensive way. Before I buy another "machine" is there an easy straight forward way to do this?
re: Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?12x23
Aug 10, 2002 6:20 PM
I use D/A chains with the SRAM chain connector. When the chain is in need of hygiene I remove it by the S-link and drop it in a 2 liter soda bottle with a little mineral spirits, give it a wash cycle (shake like h*!!), remove and hang to dry, and lube with homebrew after drying. I have a clean chain ready so there's no rush to get the dirty one back on the bike.

Between cleanings I lube every 300 miles or so with the homebrew formula. Since I started using HB, I seldom remove a chain for the Maytag treatment unless exposed to really bad conditions.

I prefer this method to machines that drip on the chainstays, bottom bracket area, der. and pulleys, and crankset. And, removing the chain leaves the rest of the drivetrain free for cleaning.
re: Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?wacomme
Aug 11, 2002 11:05 AM
Can you use the SRAM chain connector with a DA chain? SRAM instructions say the connector should only be used with SRAM chains.
re: Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?12x23
Aug 11, 2002 3:39 PM
I've been doin' it almost 9,000 miles now. I have this setup on a couple of bikes and have gone through a couple of chain life cycles with no problems. I do carry a spare link just in case, but haven't needed it yet.
works with Ultegra chain as well - that powerlink is great.PeterRider
Aug 11, 2002 4:35 PM
well, maybe I'll stop saying it's great when it fails - however, I asked on this poard, and people told me that it was not weaker than any other link in the chain.

The powerlink is really 1000000000 times more practical for cleaning the chain.

re: Duh...what's the best way to clean a chain?clintb
Aug 10, 2002 6:31 PM
Depends on the chain you're using. If it's something with the permalink type of press-in pin, then get a Wipperman connex link to replace it. With that in place, you can now take your chain off in seconds and clean it in some Finish Line Ecotech degreaser. Ecotech is seriously mean stuff. I've only used 1/2 a bottle in about a year between 2 bikes and Winter riding.

1. Get a container big enough to fit the chain in. Put some degreaser in and dilute at 1:1 water to degreaser. (A small amount goes very far)
2. Put the lid on, swish it around and go wash your bike while it sits.
3. Put some full strength degreaser in a baby food jar sized container and brush onto gears and derailleurs with toothbrush.
4. Soap up your bike with Dawn and rinse.
5. Now take your chain out and dunk it into the bucket of soapy water and scrub it while it's submerged. Take out and rinse off with water.
6. If you have an air compressor, use a blower nozzle to dry the chain. If not, dry with rag and hang up to dry.
7. Put your chain back on and lube with your favorite product.

Notes: Don't throw away the previously used degreaser. Recycle for next time by filtering through a paper coffee filter.
Here's a link to one of the easier methodsJL
Aug 11, 2002 4:24 AM
Kerry "On how to clean rear cogs, Crank, and chain?" 6/14/02 7:05pm

Works for every time.

Happy riding.

Hey, I was just going to post that! :) (nm)Kerry
Aug 11, 2002 1:08 PM
Always works ;) nmJL
Aug 12, 2002 10:40 AM
Remove all pins in the chain...SnowBlind
Aug 11, 2002 9:09 PM
place all the links, bearings and pins in a blender. Add citrus degreaser, tequila and ice. Place on puree for 30 seconds.

Oh crap! that's how you make a margarita...
maybe you should try this instead.
Remove all pins in the chain...JimP
Aug 12, 2002 10:43 AM
I like your method! Does the result have an oily taste? In reality, I prefer Sheldon's "on the bike" with a chain-box method. I still use an old Vetta chain box with naptha to clean the chain followed by a hot-wax lube. I still have some of the old Performance wax that is pink and seems to contain some Marvel Mystery Oil, at least it smells the same. I usually take the chainrings off and remove the cassette for cleaning so the mess from the chainbox doesn't bother me too much. I don't remove the chain but cover the chainstay with aluminum foil so I don't get hot wax all over it. The wax is heated in a glass jar in the microwave and I drop the chain in it over the chainstay and then rotate the chain a little so it all can be soaked a little in the wax.