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Feb 18, 2002 2:18 AM
any tips making cleaning the drivetrain easier?, any good products, grease removers etc?. It's such a chore!!
re: cleaningzero1
Feb 18, 2002 4:56 AM
have you tried's a motorcylce will work....ride safe
Have you tried...Lone Gunman
Feb 18, 2002 6:16 AM
Zep, a citrus type of degreaser from Home Depot, comes in gallon or spray bottle works pretty well. The key is keeping after the drive train so it is not horribly dirty and you can limit the dirt by using a dry type lube.
Pick up a Park CM-5 and any citrus degreaser...Cima Coppi
Feb 18, 2002 6:24 AM
This combination has made drivetrain cleaning a piece of cake, and the park chain cleaner does a really thorough job cleaning the links.

Ditto on the ParkElefantino
Feb 18, 2002 9:46 AM
It's best used with Orange Clean concentrate, which you can pick up at any Wal-Mart. Mix it about double strength, put it in the Park and soon you'll have a new-looking chain.

Also use it double strength on the cassette, with a good stiff brush.

If you can't get the Orange Clean concentrate, regular Orange Clean is good, too. I like it better than Simple Green.

Can you use Oxy Clean Orange with the Park CM-5LOL
Feb 18, 2002 10:11 AM
You know what I'm talking about the stuff that is sold on the infomercials by that cheezy guy with the real annoying voice. It'll make your whites brighter your stains drier blah blah blah
No, but you can have Billy Mays clean your chain. (nm)Elefantino
Feb 18, 2002 1:00 PM
Full Metal Jacketjbrown2036
Feb 18, 2002 7:42 AM
Cleaning your drive chain is an act of love for your bike. I like to use Pedro's Citus Degreaser (pleasent smell, but always wear gloves when handling solvents) and a soft brush. Pull off the cassete and chain and drop them into a bucket to sit for an hour or two. While they are in the bucket use the soft brush to work the chainring. Wipe and dry.

Wipe and dry the cassette and chain. Grease and replace the cassette, then the chain. Throw on some ProLink, work it in, run the chain a bit, wipe off the excess, marvel at a thing of beauty.

I know it's a bit much to do, but you will get a good long life out of your components, and a better idea of exactly how your parts are wearing and what needs replacing when.

Or you could sit there like the guy in Full Metal Jacket lovingly assembling his rifle-talking to himself.
re: cleaningDINOSAUR
Feb 18, 2002 7:53 AM
I clean my chain after every ride as part of my wipe down on my bike. I started using a home brew of 1 quart of motor oil to 3 parts ordorless mineral spirits. My chain never really gets dirty and the driveline is nice and quite.
re: cleaningwoo hoo
Feb 18, 2002 8:11 AM
Here's my method:

Get a plastic gallon milk or water container and cut off the bottom 3 inches to make a tub. Buy a gallon or so of diesel gas from the local filling station. Don't worry this stuff is about as safe as Kerosene, unlike gasoline! Now, get an old toothbrush and some newspaper to spread on the floor underneath the drivetrain. Pour a quanity of diesel into tub and hold this under chain while turning chain and brushing solvent into chain links. Works Great! Doesn't have to be messy with a little practice and is cheap!!
Feb 18, 2002 10:31 AM
Be sure to smoke while doing this and dump the remainder down the kitchen sink drain.

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Dieselwoo hoo
Feb 18, 2002 1:51 PM
Ahimsa, do you live in a trailer?

Most of us have the luxury of a garage where the six-pack and smokes are in the kitchen with the dysfunctional family member not the bike enthusiast.

Just making a joke, don't take it personally!
I am the dysfunctional family memberAhimsa
Feb 18, 2002 6:40 PM
...and never refer to my Airstream as a "trailer".

Simple GreentheBreeze
Feb 18, 2002 10:44 AM
Safe, non-toxic, bio-degradable. Spritz on a damp sponge and wipe down drive train every couple rides or so. More often if your rides are really dirty. Scrub with an old toothbrush for stubborn spots. Keeps things nice and clean.
Dido on Simple Green - works nicely with chain cleaner tool [nm]jagiger
Feb 18, 2002 5:44 PM
Dawn takes grease out of your way!merckx56
Feb 18, 2002 2:43 PM
remember the commercial? dawn takes grease out of your way!
get a bucket of hot, soapy water and a long handled toilet brush. pre-treat the chain with some dawn, or other household dish soap, just like you were lubing the chain.
let it sit for a minute or so and then scrub the drivetrain with the toilet brush. the long handle keeps you out the the grime and the dish soap breaks down the grease. how do you think pro mechs wash a drivetrain? it ain't with some wussy park (marketing) tool! btw-wear latex gloves too. you can still feel almost everything but your hands are clean! drizzle, not spray, water to remove the soap and re-lube everything!
Feb 19, 2002 8:57 AM
Those litle pipe cleaner you used to make animals and crafts out of in grade school work super at cleaning your chain, and cheap too.... I spray it down with some simple GReen (a friend of mine drank some once on a bet he got sick for about two days but he is still alive and now knows the taste of carbon) then weave it through your chain and pull. All the dirt comes right out it is great....