Chain Advice

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xxxpancho    pirate
15/06/2012 at 02:48

Help Please, Can anyone offer some advice on cleaning a chain I have a prouduct called muc off to clean the chain but what do i use to clean the cassette and the front fly wheel also the 2 little wheels on the gearing system. The other issue that I'm really lost about is which chain lub to use wet dry or wax any advice appreciated

Doozer.    pirate
15/06/2012 at 07:59
Use muc off to clean it all and rinse thoroughly with water. Then spray it with gt88.

Use an old tooth brush or a set of bike cleaning brushes.

My mechanic always recommends dry lube all year round!
Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/06/2012 at 08:47

Pipe cleaners are good for getting between the cassette rings.  Much easier with the wheel off the bike.  Sounds obvious I know.

Front fly wheel - I guess you mean the chainrings - dead easy if the chain is off, a bit of muc off and a rag.

The two derailleur wheels can never be completely cleaned, it's one of the unwritten rules of bikes.  You think they're clean, then you put the chain back on and they're covered in muck again.

cougie    pirate
15/06/2012 at 08:57
If you take the chain off you can take out the jockey wheels and clean them. Remember which is which though.
Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/06/2012 at 09:06

You can do that, and you'll think they're clean, but in the time it takes to re-fit them and get ready to ride they'll be filty again.  They're the black hole of the bike world, dirst gets sucked in and never escapes.

cougie    pirate
15/06/2012 at 09:28
15/06/2012 at 09:45

once a year I strip the whole mech down including chainrings, cassette, jockeys, chain etc and soak them in degreaser.  give them a good clean, slap them back on and bingo - you hear the silence!

pain in the arse job but worth it after all the winter crap

and as CD says, you never eliminate all dirt but you can get rid of a load.

next is to buy a cheap ultrasonic bath to use the degreaser in - that should make cleaning easier.

OCD me?? 

15/06/2012 at 12:51

The proper way to clean a chain is this

http://sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html

Probably not something you'd do every ride - maybe once a week or so.

Doozer.    pirate
15/06/2012 at 13:18

I think Id prefer to buy a new chain than do that Pops

I have a park tool chain cleaner works pretty well, bought a bottle of degreaser from Halfords to top it up - get it cleaned properly at LBS after 6 months and replace once a year.

Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
15/06/2012 at 14:57
Citrus degreaser and a brush ....simples !! ( but don't buy the citrus degreaser from halfords as its ??10 a litre , buy it from a cleaning supplies company for about ??14 for a 5 litre tub !!!)
Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
15/06/2012 at 14:58
?? not ??
Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
15/06/2012 at 14:59
It's supposed to be pound sign but coming out as ?? !!!
cougie    pirate
15/06/2012 at 15:08

Apparently Fenwicks is a cheaper alternative to MucOff too - I'm getting some of that when I've run out.

15/06/2012 at 15:43
Doozer. wrote (see)

I think Id prefer to buy a new chain than do that Pops

I have a park tool chain cleaner works pretty well, bought a bottle of degreaser from Halfords to top it up - get it cleaned properly at LBS after 6 months and replace once a year.

Once a year!!!

The original chain is still on my first road bike which I bought aged 16.

 

I'm now 40

 

To be fair it probably hasn't done too many miles.

15/06/2012 at 16:58

cougs - I've got some Fenwicks - MucOff is still more effective so worth the extra

xxxpancho    pirate
16/06/2012 at 04:53

Thanks everyone Mucoff chain cleaner it is one other question is which lubrication would you put on your chain ?

Edited: 16/06/2012 at 04:54
Doozer.    pirate
16/06/2012 at 06:51
Gt85 and dry lube
16/06/2012 at 14:10

GT85 for the chain ?   Probably better than nothing it's more of a water displacement spray/penetrating lube.   

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/gt85-lubricant-400ml-aerosol/

For me the dry lubes are a waste of time unless you apply them liberally pretty much time you go out - much prefer something with a bit more staying power like Finish Line ceramic wet.   

18/06/2012 at 05:41
popsider wrote (see)

The proper way to clean a chain is this

http://sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html

Probably not something you'd do every ride - maybe once a week or so.

Please tell me the link is a wind-up and that people don't actually do this...

I'd rather buy a new chain every week. 

I'd also rather tear my face off with hot pliers.


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