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Chain rust(5 posts)

Chain rustYatesie
Aug 26, 2002 8:35 AM
Does anyone have a good method for removing surface rust on chains?
Ride, ride often (nm)Wheelz
Aug 26, 2002 9:40 AM
re: Chain rustburdiman
Aug 26, 2002 9:58 AM
I wouldn't ride a chain with rust on it. After breaking
a chain in a sprint (broken helmet and lost skin) I wouldn't recommend skimping on parts like chain, cassettes, etc...

Get a new chain and replace every 1500 miles. You will be safer and reduce wear on your chainrings and cassettes.
re: Chain rustYatesie
Aug 26, 2002 4:25 PM
Good advise. Do you have any experience with the Wipperman stainless chains?
Matters Notgrzy
Aug 26, 2002 4:55 PM
Surface rust on a chain doesn't cause it to break. The rust is a symptom that the chain has been neglected and not seen lubrication or much maintenance. A freshly cleaned and degreased chain will rust overnight if you don't apply lubricant. You can do this to a new chain. What causes chains to break is fatigue and stress - too much of either and it will fail and it has nothing to do with surface finish. It's pretty easy to determine this by measuring the chain - a magic number like 1500 miles may work for you but it means nothing to some one who is 120 lbs. and doesn't race. I bet you'd be really really really safe if you replaced your chain every 100 miles (and bought them only from me). See my point? You can also fail a chain if you install it incorrectly which is pretty common.