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clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)(9 posts)

clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)BikeViking
May 6, 2002 12:17 PM
Are they worth the money? I us WD-40 and shop rags to keep my drivetrain relatively clean and I lube it with Rem-Oil (teflon lube), but half of the gunk winds up on me!

Every time I go to the LBS, I see them and wonder "Do they REALLY work?"

If anyone has any input (pro or con), drop a post and help out someone with perpetual bike gunk hands.

re: clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)StmbtDave
May 6, 2002 12:20 PM
My experience with a Park cleaner is that it's a waste of money. They are messy and they don't get the chain clean. I now have a removable link in all my chains and remove them from the bike to clean them. You can do a much better job and the solvent doesn't get all over the bike.
re: clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)jtolleson
May 6, 2002 12:28 PM
Bought one a few years back and decided it wasn't worth the trouble. I can accomplish just as much with a stiff bristle brush and Simple Green. I don't remove my chain for cleaning, but still feel like I can do a decent job on the bike without the hassle of the chain cleaner.
re: clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)Galibier
May 6, 2002 12:32 PM
I use the Park and spread newspapers against my rear wheel and under my bike to catch the overflow. Seems pretty effective and easy to me.
This lazy one uses a clip-on chain cleanerPdxMark
May 6, 2002 1:14 PM
I'm with Galibier... I use the Bibox (from Performance) and spread newspapers against my rear wheel and under my bike to catch the overflow. Seems pretty effective and easy to me. Removing the chain will get it cleaner. For my minimalist maintenance mindset, though, the chain cleaner gadget gets me to do it more often than I would otherwise...
Me, too--Bibox & Pedro's get 'em clean as they need to be.cory
May 6, 2002 3:16 PM
I bought the Bibox, then somebody gave me a Pedro's cleaner. Haven't taken a chain off since except to replace it. I imagine the people who say they don't get the chain REALLY clean are right. But...well, it's a bike chain. How clean does it have to be?
Park tool is less than impressive...Lone Gunman
May 6, 2002 4:46 PM
It works the first few times but you use alot of fluid each time, the stuff always winds up all over the place, after a while the valve in the tool clogs up with gunk and gets sticky.

Go to a Sram chain with the easy removable link and a mason jar with degreaser or kerosene. Saves time and money as all the gunk goes to the bottom of the jar and you can transfer to another jar and reuse the old cleaner fluid. You can put a piece of wire on the link hole and use a stick to keep it out of the fluid and let it sit overnight and pull it out and dry the chain off the next day. Ready to lube and ride.
re: clip-on chain cleaners (Park, Finish Line, etc.)Me Dot Org
May 6, 2002 7:28 PM
I've used the Finish Line Cleaner for nearly 2 years now. It cleans pretty well, and seems easier to me than a stiff brush and Simple Green. I put a floor mat down to catch the spatters. I wash 3 cycles with a degreaser and then one with alcohol. After the alcohol I let the chain dry while I clean the rest of the bike. Then I go back and use ProLube on each link, spin the crank a few times, and dry the outside of the chain.

I wore out a set of brushes after 18 months. I ran into a Finish Line rep at a bike race once and gave him my name and address and he sent me replacements.
Finish LineGeekRoadie
May 6, 2002 9:50 PM
Occasionally I will use Finish Line's cleaner for my road bike. Most "normal" cleanings are done with a rag with a bit of degreaser. I good wipe down after every ride is usually sufficient IF you don't load up your chain with excess lube.

MTB's are a whole different story... I usually use the chain cleaner after 2 or 3 rides along with a good washing. If you plan on doing any trail riding, I think the chain cleaner would be a worthwhile investment.

FWIW- Finish Line sent me some replacement brushes with just a phone call. Nice folks, to boot!