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Rust on my new chain !!!(6 posts)

Rust on my new chain !!!benja15
Apr 3, 2003 6:44 PM
My road bike is less than a year old, i ride regularly and have cleaned my chain with a park snap on cleaner several times to get rid of the black buildup.

I always rinse the chain with water afterwords and apply plenty of dry lube, and wipe off the excess

i generally apply dry lube after every other ride and wipe off the excess

i have noticed recently that my chain has some spots of rust on the sides

is this bad?
You have to be careful...Matno
Apr 3, 2003 10:16 PM
You can get rust on a brand new chain in a couple of hours if you leave it wet. At least, that's my experience. As long as it's minimal, I wouldn't worry too much about it. One idea I've tried that seems to work well is to run the chain through the cleaner one last time using rubbing alcohol instead of water. It helps to get the water out and dries out really fast. Unfortunately, I tried the same thing using acetone and it fried my chain cleaner! :^( My bad.

You need to make sure you get rid of the water as much as possible with a dry rag or paper towel, then let it dry for 15-20 minutes before applying the lube. Good luck. Hope this helps.
Rinsing with water = rust. Don't. (nm)micha
Apr 4, 2003 3:03 AM
re: Rust on my new chain !!!grandemamou
Apr 4, 2003 4:40 AM
I have always used water to rinse my chain. I just dry it off really well with paper towels and set it in the sun. A little bit of surface rust shouldn't hurt anything though.

I did have a rusting problem when I tried using prolink. I live in a very moist and wet climate. I liked the lube but it did not work well in this environment.

I went back to Dumonde Tech. It's not as dry as some dry lubes but doesn't get as gunky as most wet lubes.
re: Outside not importantMike Prince
Apr 4, 2003 7:02 AM
Surface rust should not concern you. Much of it comes off through riding and wiping the chain down. It will not hurt anything. The important thisn is what's inside those pins and rollers. Using acetone, alcohol or other aggressive solvents cleans out too much of the lube inside the chain and can make even a new chain noisy.

For what it's worth, here's what I do: after every ride wipe down the chain with a rag. Just hold the rag around the chain and backpedal. This will remove exterior grime and surface stuff. Every week or so (depending on conditions) I use Prolink and wipe down everything really well. That's it.
I always dry chain with GF's hair-dryer after water rinse.czardonic
Apr 4, 2003 12:35 PM
Low setting.