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Chain maintanance(4 posts)

Chain maintanancelostinconfused state
Mar 3, 2002 3:20 AM
Can someone give me a simple step by step explanation of the ABC's of chain care.

1. How often
2. Steps...do you clean first and then lube or what
3. What are good products--friend states he uses pro link lube
4. anything else ???

as you can see I have no idea. Just want to do it right and keep my bike productive. Thanks
re: Chain maintananceroxlamb
Mar 3, 2002 7:06 AM
Hey, It's simple!
1) start with absolutely clean chain that's been stripped of packing residue
2) apply White Lightning Lube
3) re-apply every 150 miles or so under normal conditions
4) once in awhile wipe chain clean with denatured alcohol
5) re-apply White Lightning
6) replace chain every 4000 miles
Plan B.Kerry Irons
Mar 3, 2002 8:53 AM
1. How often depends ENTIRELY on the lube you use and your local riding conditions. Relatively clean (not too dusty, not riding in rain) means you can get 350 miles between ProLink applications (see item 2). If you get caught in the rain and you're using White Lightning, you need to relube during the ride, as you chain will be squeaking as soon as the moisture drys out.

2. Here's how to do ProLink
Assuming we're talking road riding, use the following technique for successful ProLink application and use:
1 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
2 - sluice on ProLink while pedaling (forward is better) so that the chain starts to drip lube. Aim the lube between the side plates and between the bushings and the side plates.
3 - run through all the gears several times, front and back.
4 - wipe the chain, cogs, pulleys, and chainrings clean with a rag.
5 - repeat 2-4 if the chain was really dirty

3. You may sense that IMO ProLink is a good product.

4. There is no perfect chain lube. Perfect means it lubes well, attracts no dirt, lasts a long time between applications. Get used to some tradeoffs.
Lately, I just replace them ...Humma Hah
Mar 3, 2002 4:06 PM
Lately, I've taken to just buying good-quality chromed chain, already lubed, and leaving it alone. The factory lube tends to last longer if I don't cut it with added oil, and the chain stays cleaner. Either way, I get no more than 2000 miles from a chain.