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Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?(13 posts)

Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?mdehner
Aug 31, 2002 4:29 PM
I am looking to get a tool for cleaning the chain without removing it - any preferences or suggestions?
re: oddly enuff...Akirasho
Aug 31, 2002 5:35 PM
I purchased my very first chain cleaner this year... I always thought they were "gimmicky"...

I picked up a Park Cyclone at a swap meet for next to nothing... and when loaded with Goo Gone (citrus based solvent) that sucker really sparkles up the chain (still have to get in there with rags and brushes to get your cogs and rings). The only caveate... it's messy (crap dripped on the basement floor (not for your living room or carpeted area)).

I'm glad I picked it up (maybe you can find one on the cheap too).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?Spunout
Aug 31, 2002 5:41 PM
Finish line degreaser 1:2 with water, in a rectangular basin. Throw a drop-sheet on the floor, around the bike.

Old toothbrush and a park gear brush and go to town! Sparkles! And, I clean one piece of chain at a time, dry, and move to the next.
2 liter Coke Classic bottle/min spirits or citrus degreaser,12x23
Sep 1, 2002 6:15 AM
and a Sram powerlink to ease chain removal/installation.
Toothbrush, diesel fuel as solvent (nm)Breakfast
Sep 1, 2002 6:19 AM
re: Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?mdehner
Sep 1, 2002 6:42 AM
OK, this is one thing (among many) I've never figured out: Is there any earth-friendly way to dispose of the fouled mineral spirits/degreasing agent once you're done?
re: Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?Jon Billheimer
Sep 1, 2002 6:56 AM
An Axiom chain cleaner filled with citrus degreaser works fine. I run my chain through it after every ride, rinse it with water and a little dishwashing soap, dry the chain with a rag, then reapply a little Finish Line teflon chain lube. The whole process takes about three minutes and my chain and cogsets are perpetually clean.
The used stuff...Lone Gunman
Sep 1, 2002 7:28 AM
Put it in a jar and the gunk settles to the bottom, you can reuse. I gave up on the degreaser tools and went with the Sram and a jar of kerosene and a rag.
My fave way!Bikez
Sep 1, 2002 8:16 AM
I put my chain in an empty container(I use an old Gatorade powder mix),add degreaser, and alot of shaking! Old toothbrushes, and rags for the chainrings, and cogs! No splatter, and it's quick (10min. for everything!)
re: Chain Cleaning Tool - Any Faves?Dadecityroller
Sep 1, 2002 8:52 AM
I'm quite the neat freak, after 2 years my chain and sprockets still look and perform as new. My secret is Simple Green (seven bucks/gal at Home depot) I use a toothbrush on cog sets and front chain rings and a finish line roller/brush type gimick that attaches to chain. Pedal backwards 20-30 revolutions, remove, rinse and repeat. Dry thoroughly. (compressed air work well) My drivetrain gleams!!
Simple Green + garden hose4bykn
Sep 1, 2002 1:10 PM
I put my bike in the work stand in the driveway, spray SG liberally on the chain, let it sit for 5 minutes, give it a quick scrub and then use the garden hose to rinse all the crud away. Let it dry for a few minutes (enough time to go inside for another beer) and lube well.

My next chain will be SRAM, easy to remove without tools, no special pins to re-install.
No need for oneKerry
Sep 1, 2002 2:57 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.
a 1/2 gallon bottle, and some citrus cleanerAlexx
Sep 1, 2002 4:06 PM
of course, having a powerlink makes this easier to do. Those chain cleaners only get the surface dirt off, but do nothing for the deep-down gunk, inside the pins. I get at least 3000 miles before they stretch .5%, so it must be working.
FWIW, Simple Green is a detergent, and it will leave detergent behind on a chain, which will attack the lubricant you put on it later (especially wax lubes). It also contains acids that will etch bearing surfaces. Only use simple green on frames and stuff-never on chains or bearings.