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Cleaning a new chain(8 posts)

Cleaning a new chainchazman
Jan 10, 2003 6:34 PM
What the heck is that sticky gunk they put on new chains? How do you get it off "safely". I tried the tree friendly bio-degreaser but it does not work.
ignore it and it will go awaygtx
Jan 10, 2003 6:39 PM
I think it's actually some kind of light packing grease. Nothing wrong with it. I always just put on my normal lube, run it through the rag a few times and go ride. I never degrease my chains, either. Just use a rag to wipe off the crud, relube, wipe of excess, ride, repeat.
Mineral SpiritsGregory Taylor
Jan 10, 2003 7:53 PM
I've never had luck with Bio-degreaser on any serious gunk. Mineral spirits will get it. If you are working outdoors, and really want to get it clean, use automotive brake cleaner/degreaser. Nasty stuff, but it will REALLY clean dirty bike parts. Don't breath while you use it, and be prepared for the dog to go bald for a while...

Unlike the prior poster, I do remove the packing grease from the chain before I lube it. The grease is a dirt magnet, and some lubes (like Prolink -- I seem to recall) say to remove it so that the special coating can adhere to the metal.
re: Cleaning a new chainoffcamber
Jan 10, 2003 10:55 PM
I've never had any luck with degreaser. Try kerosene. For really nasty grime let the chain soak in it for a little while.
re: Cleaning a new chainPDF
Jan 11, 2003 7:45 AM
White gas/Coleman fuel. Cheap and a little goes a long way. Very effective.
WD 40REPO42
Jan 12, 2003 1:28 AM
let it soak for a bit... but it removes most types of grime.. and isn't super harsh....
No. NO. No, dont use wd40 use a degreaser nmbenja15
Jan 12, 2003 8:52 AM
re: Cleaning a new chaincycleaddict
Jan 12, 2003 9:15 AM
Just ignore the presevative the chain comes with and apply you favorite lube.