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Postulate: What would happen to a Campy C9 chain if...(12 posts)

Postulate: What would happen to a Campy C9 chain if...Kristin
Sep 30, 2002 7:09 AM
Left in a gatoraid bottle to soak in Park solvent for 12 months...oh yes, and exposed to the elements for the duration?
Really clean!jtlmd
Sep 30, 2002 7:44 AM
re: Postulate: What would happen to a Campy C9 chain if...Me Dot Org
Sep 30, 2002 7:54 AM
Okay, is this a hypothetical question? Exposed to the elements for the duration of what? 12 months? While still soaking in the Park Solvent? Top still on the gatorade bottle?

At the very least, I thing the chain would be lonely, and probably suffering from separation anxiety, but more info is needed...
Yes, in GatorAid bottle w/cap on sitting outside in ChicagoKristin
Sep 30, 2002 8:06 AM
I found it last weekend while packing. I had only intended to let it soak for 20 minutes. I must have shuffled off to make lunch and completely forgotten it.
Chicago? That changes everything!Me Dot Org
Sep 30, 2002 8:29 AM
Now you have to consider the Richard Daley gravitational pull, which sucks the nickel plating into a slush fund dedicated to...oh, never mind.

Assuming the bottle was sealed, I can't imagine how even prolonged exposure to solvent could damage the nickel plating. Of course I'm not a metallurgist...

I'd just use it and keep an eye on it...
Kristen, you really are a piece of work!!GregJ
Sep 30, 2002 6:33 PM
This was the best post of the day. In 20+ years of cycling I have never misplaced a complete chain. Although not long ago I removed the computer from my bike to give it a bath, I set it down and I never did find it. Maybe it will turn up when I move.
Well aren't you special?Kristin
Oct 1, 2002 7:44 AM
Really, you should congradulate yourself for being very nearly perfect. Tonight, treat yourself to a fine import beverage. I'd treat, but I've likely lost my wallet.
so what happened?DougSloan
Oct 1, 2002 11:47 AM
So what happened to the bike that you removed the chain from? Stop riding it, and it sat there with no chain? Or, did you happen upon the bike again, thinking, "Hmm. Seems like something isn't quite right. The bike won't go..." And then you took it to your LBS for diagnostics? Or did you think, "Hmm. No chain. I wonder what happened? Oh, well, I'll just throw a new one on."

I believe I'll have one of those imports, too; thanks. :-)

No, I've been riding...just only downhill. My spinning has improved greatly.Kristin
Oct 2, 2002 5:45 AM
No, no. Last summer I had this brilliant idea. See, I really suck at cleaning my bike after a ride. I'm always rushing. I figured that I'd have to buy a replacement chain eventually right? So I bought a second chain, and installed a power link on both of my chains. My intent was to periodically remove one chain and clean it completely but at my leisure. Well, you can see how well my plan worked.
Actually, it rusts.Kristin
Oct 2, 2002 6:25 AM
It looks rusty. It smells rusty. My guess is that its rusty. The outter plates are still shinny and can be scrubbed clean. The inner plates, however, are very discolored and look rusted. Is it the chain is only nickel plated? Are some peices straight steel with no alloy?
Oct 2, 2002 6:52 AM
Sure looks trashed. You said it was in solvent the whole time? Was that a water based solvent, as opposed to a petroleum solvent? Looks like it first corroded a bit, then started rusting. If it had been in something like kerosene the whole time, I'd guess there would be no rust whatsoever.

Park says it will not harm alloys. WellKristin
Oct 2, 2002 11:36 AM
I don't have a list of the ingredients, and my bottle is packed right now. It might be Chainbrite BIO, but I don't think so. Here's what Park says about the regular Chainbrite:

"ChainBrite is specially formulated for use in the Park Tool CM-5 Cyclone Chain Scrubber®. It removes the toughest grease and grime buildup from chains and components and leaves a light, protective silicone shield. Although ChainBrite® is a powerful cleaner, it will not harm alloy, plastic, or painted parts. Regular use of ChainBrite® and the CM-5 (along with regular use of a quality chain lubricant) will reduce gear system wear and friction and promote smoother, quicker shifting. A handy flip-top lid on the 16 oz. (474ml) bottle makes spill free pouring easy."

Of course it was made for use IN the scrubber. And I doubt they intended for it to be applied for an entire year and left outside through a Chicago winter.