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new chain question(9 posts)

new chain questionturtle
Oct 25, 2001 7:26 PM
I need to put a new chain on my bike tonight for tommorrow's ride and don't know the best way to clean the grease off that they pack new chains in. I have heard that you can soak them in gas or a degreaser but I don't have any handy. Can I use water and Dawn? Will that ruin the chain? I could also use a rag and WD-40. Will this get the job done?

Sorry about not posting this in the parts section but it dosn't seem to get as many hits.

re: I'd skip the gasoline, but...Akirasho
Oct 26, 2001 2:46 AM
... you can indeed use water and Dawn to degrease the chain... and the "WD" in WD 40 stands for water displacement and it will do this once you've scrubbed, rinsed and towel dried the chain before applying your final lube.

While WD 40 should not be used as a primary lube, it also has the ability to "clean" the chain a bit... that is, it has solvents in it's aerosol component which also act as a mild degreaser.

Just make sure you remove as much water as possible (towel dry) before hitting it with WD 40 (and again towel dry (in a well ventilated area) and allow a bit of time for said solvents to evaporate).

While some may disagree with me, I've essentially used this method for chain cleaning for years with no adverse effects.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
And don't forget to re-lubeKerry Irons
Oct 26, 2001 3:51 AM
Yes, feel free to clean the chain with WD-40 (essentially aerosol kerosine) or soap/water. Using ProLink will accomplish the same purpose, while also lubing the chain. In any case, be sure to relube after you're done with the cleaning!
!!! Unleaded gasolene is a carcinogenic....John-d
Oct 26, 2001 4:56 AM
.... beware of using gasolene as a cleaner. It is dangerous to inhale the fumes and to get it on your skin.
it's for engines ONLY, unless you like the burn ward. -NMTig
Oct 26, 2001 10:31 AM
Make sure it works before the ride.vanzutas
Oct 26, 2001 5:56 AM
If your chain is worn out, there is a good chance that the cassette is also worn out. If you are doing this for a big ride it is not a good idea to do it the night before because there is a good chance the chain will skip.
About a month ago I changed the chain on my mountain bike 4 days before a big race. The cassette and chain were new in the spring. The New chain did not work on the (not so old) cassette. Since I did it 4 days ahead of time there was time to switch back to the old chain. If you don't have a chance to test the new one bring the old one with you just in case (Not on the bike but in the car, an extra chain might add a little weight).

Just slap it in and go!Nessism
Oct 26, 2001 7:25 AM
There is no reason to degrease a new chain. The oil/grease that comes on the chain is fine and will lube it for the first couple of rides. After that, just lube with your favorite flavor.
I do agree with the others that WD-40 is a good chain cleaner. Just make sure that you spray your rag and wipe as opposed to spraying the chain itself - too much spray go down into the rollers where is just sits. Good luck.
Just slap it in and go!UncleMoe
Oct 26, 2001 7:46 AM
I've heard both schools of thought but don't know who is right.

1. The gook that comes on a new chain is a sticky substance to keep the chain from rusting suring packaging and shipping. If it is not cleaned off prior to lubing and riding, it will attract all sorts or dirt.


2. The gook is fine to leave on. Just put lube on it and go.

How do you know which one to believe? I just replaced my chain and had a heck of a time getting the chain to NOT be sticky. I gave up and just lubed it and rode. Seemed fine and didn't pick up more dirt than normal. But it still felt sticky until 3-4 rides.
re: new chain questionTooCool
Oct 26, 2001 8:55 AM
I found a lube that does it all in one, cleans (yes new chains too) and lubes all in one ap. Its called Rock n Roll lube, and is hard to get but the search is worth the work in the end. I had to end up buying it from, behind the bars, a mail order joint from NY. If you use it once you'll never try anything ever again.