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Chain cleaning increases speed?(9 posts)

Chain cleaning increases speed?niteschaos
Jan 30, 2003 7:18 AM
after I clean my chain it feels like I've just increased fitness. Does anyone else notice it? I ride dirty roads in Atlanta, so maybe I'm unique.
it must have been really dirtycyclopathic
Jan 30, 2003 7:24 AM
there's ~5wt avg power loss btw cranks and rear hub; mostly chain. If chain was really dirty it may have been enough to feel the diff.
what if you clean the whole bike?mohair_chair
Jan 30, 2003 7:28 AM
You can probably beat Lance.
Imagine if you cleaned the road! nmdzrider
Jan 30, 2003 7:34 AM
re: Chain cleaning increases speed?lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Jan 30, 2003 8:42 AM
I probably ride the same kind of conditions that you ride in, backcountry roads with sandy shoulders. I absolutely notice a clean well lubed chain. I just feels smoother. I've never tried to fing out if its actually any faster though.
Atlanta dirty roads?? no way,,,african
Jan 30, 2003 9:23 AM
clean chain does feel sweet, get a new chain it feels even better.
with new chain I'm the Incredible Hulk!niteschaos
Jan 30, 2003 11:57 AM
For my next race I'm going to get a new chain and use it only for races. ;-)
re: Chain cleaning increases speed?lav25
Jan 30, 2003 10:05 AM
No, chain power transfer is not lost due to being dirty, or increased by being lubed ( not much heat transfer ). However, the life of the drive train and shift quality is put at risk when dry and dirty.
re: Chain cleaning increases speed?mapei boy
Jan 30, 2003 2:06 PM
After cleaning my chain, I always seem to be able to run a gear or two higher. Yeah, I feel it in my legs.