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New chain prep.(6 posts)

New chain prep.Muskrat
Apr 20, 2003 6:16 PM
I have a new bike with a Dura Ace chain.How should I clean it in order to use a dry lube such as White Lightning or similar.Brand new and has not been ridden. Thanks.
on or off the bike?jw25
Apr 21, 2003 8:39 AM
If it's yet to be mounted, I'd toss it in a Gatorade or similar bottle, add hot tap water halfway, a generous teaspoon of Simple Green, and shake like it's going out of style for a minute or two. Then remove chain, rinse thoroughly, repeat if necessary, shake dry, let air dry (or blow-dry with heat-gun or hair dryer).
If it's already on the bike, and you aren't using a powerlink or similar, or don't want to break the chain again, I'm a big fan of the new Park chain scrubber. I think it's the Cyclone, it has a detachable handle and a magnet to catch particles. Fill it with hot tap waer, add Simple Green, run chain through for a minute, repeat twice, rinse with clean tap water and the scrubber two or three times, and wipe the chain dry. I like to blow them dry with a heat gun afterwards, as wet chains rust in a heartbeat, but wiping it down with dry rags gets most of the water off, and letting it dry in the sun is usually fast enough.
I'm not a big fan of factory-applied "lubes", since most are preservatives first, chainlube second, and tend to be much too sticky. They keep the rust off in transit and while waiting to be ridden, but don't belong on the bike.
Either of these should leave the chain bare, and ready for a dry lube. If using something like Prolink, which has solvents in it, you can just apply heavily, backspin for a minute or two, wipe dry, and reapply lightly.
Paint thinnerEl Kabong
Apr 21, 2003 12:21 PM
If it has not been cleaned already, the chain is probably covered with some very sticky stuff - Cosmolene or the equivalent. Take it off and throw it in a jar of paint thinner overnight, then rinse with dishwashing detergent and hot water and hang to dry. Reinstall, lube, ride. Whatever you do, don't soak the chain in degreaser or detergent for any length of time (more than a few minutes) as it will weaken the chain.

BTW, if you have not done so already, get a master link to make this job easier next time. SRAM PowerLinks or Craig SuperLink IIIs will work, and you won't have to pay for one of those silly Shimano pins every time you want to work on your bike.

El K.
re: New chain prep.Akirasho
Apr 21, 2003 7:01 PM
... for years, I resisted chain cleaning machines as being too gimmicky... then, found a Park Cyclone at a swap meet for a song (and a little dance).

I put a bit of Goo Gone in that sucker... and voila! Clean chain in minutes. Caveat... said cleaner is messy so this is a job best done where cleanup is easy (basement for me) or not an issue (outside).

Goo Gone (citrus based) is a great bio friendly degreaser.

Be the bike.
re: New chain prep.kenyonCycleist
Apr 21, 2003 9:41 PM
white lightening make a product for that called 'clean streak' me is a spray that evaporates and leaves no residue
re: New chain prep.boyd2
Apr 22, 2003 4:09 AM
That Clean Streak is top notch stuff. It is a strong solvent that will not attack plastic or rubber. I used it to clean out my 105 STI shifters and it worked like a dream. It is pretty pricy to use often (14USD for me).

My LBS had me switch to Psyco Lube on my last chain. It is a 2 step aerosol product. So far so good. Anyone have any experience with this stuff?