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Park Chain cleaner(13 posts)

Park Chain cleanerAztecs
Jun 13, 2002 12:44 PM
Got one of these because I am lazy. Seems messy. Fluid seems to leak out of it as I run my chain. Is this natural? Am I doing something wrong?
re: Park Chain cleanereschelon
Jun 13, 2002 1:03 PM
You paid too much for something that does a half-ass job of cleaning your chain.

I use an old tooth brush and Simple Green degreaser.
Park Chain cleaner - a good starting point.unchained
Jun 13, 2002 1:39 PM
Every chain cleaner I have ever used has leaked. Get a small bucket or old coffee can, rags, etc. to catch the drips.

Removing the rear wheel and running the chain through a Pedros "Chain Keeper" really makes the task easier.

After you run the chain through it is helpful to rinse the chain with clean hot water from a plant sprayer to remove the degreaser and any grit that has not flushed out.
an example of bike industry "snake oil" at its best....Spirito
Jun 13, 2002 1:44 PM
they never will work properly and as has been said a waste of money.

contact Park and tell them their product is crap, doesn't work and you would like to return it for a full refund.

then get yourself a chain with a super link or similar (like a sram). it doesn't take any science to take the chain off, soak/shake it in a coffee can with deisel or hot water with degreaser. finish with a little tooth brush scrubbing. dry the chain on some old towels or paper and give the chainrings and derailleru cages and pulleys a quick wipe. add lube to the chains inner pivots and rollers (this is where it actually needs it). attach the chain (perhaps find a third arm, for a minute to do so). ride again.

the chain will last longer and will be much more clean as a result as well. a little effort for lot better results and perhaps cheaper in the long run. your bike will run better too as a clkean chain is smoother and wears less. if his is too hard i would seriously think about whether you should be riding a bike in the first place. basic maintenance is part of cycling - trust me as i learnt just like you are about to.

re: Park Chain cleanermr_spin
Jun 13, 2002 1:49 PM
My cat peed on my bathroom rug one time and I couldn't get the smell out. Now I place it under the stand to use during cleaning. The rug, not the cat. It catches all the crap and drippings. You are always going to get drippings.

I'll loan you my cat if you like. She's always looking for something new to pee on.
re: I like mine for what its worthcollinsc
Jun 13, 2002 2:04 PM
Dont have any fancy permalink or chain tools as I am poor, toolless and in college. Does a good QUICK job, I think. its messy sure, just do it outside.

Snap it on, dump in any kind of degreaser, spin cranks a few times = fairly clean chain easily and quickly
Don't need any tools - old sock will do (nm)Stampertje
Jun 13, 2002 3:01 PM
Jun 13, 2002 3:28 PM
I own a park tool cleaner, and here's my rating for various chain cleaning methods, with 1 being lo wand 10 being high.

old rag held in hand - 5
chain tool - 6
pulling chain off and soaking - 10
Jun 13, 2002 4:45 PM
as I said, when pulling chain off and soaking isnt an option...even on your scale it beats a rag, which was my old method. I found using a rag quite a pain, hard to clean the recessed links.
I always run out of old socks before my chain needs cleaning...elviento
Jun 14, 2002 9:33 AM
re: I like mine for what its worthstoutga
Jun 14, 2002 5:50 AM
I like mine as well. Very little spill if chain is parallel to ground and seated in the first cog type cleaner brush. I do have a permalink.
An alternativeKerry
Jun 13, 2002 4:51 PM
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

If you do this every 300 miles or so, you will not get any significant gunky buildup, and you won't have to clean the chain.
re: Park Chain cleanerJimP
Jun 14, 2002 1:10 PM
You can hold a rag around the chain while you backpedal to reduce the mess but there still will be some. The "chain box" cleaners are all messy but do a much better job than other methods since the chain is moving and the links are flexing while passing through the fluid. Simply soaking and brushing doesn't get the gunk out that is inbetween the plates or inside the roller. Keep refilling the box until the fluid coming out is clean.