How do you clean/lube your chain?

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  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    I've read conflicting advice about using WD-40 as a lubricant / cleaning solvent.

    What do you guys use / recommend?
     
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    as for cleaning, i just use a degreaser, soak the chain, let it sit, and use a stiff brissle brush to clean it. then rinse it really well with water, and apply chain lube i got at the dealer. i wouldnt use WD40, its too watery and will spray every where once you get up to a high speed, then there wont be much left on teh chain itself.

    i do all of this on a bike stand, pop it in first gear, and let it roll at idle speed.
     
  3. mtnbikekid08

    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    I use degreaser to clean the chain, then I use 90wt oil in a little bottle to oil the chain.
     
  4. Snafu

    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Kerosene with Grunge brush.

    Lube with Dupont's multi purpose spray.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    Lube every 500 miles (steps 3-5 only)
    Clean chain every 1000 miles (steps 1-5)

    Steps:
    Bike on stand
    Kerosene with a tooth to clean the chain and sprocket
    quick 5 minute ride
    bike on stand
    Klotz KLR Chainlube spray while chain is still warm

    About $10 for a 16oz can shipped
    [​IMG]
     
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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    Snafu more than meets the eye

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    I've heard of people losing fingers this way :o
     
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    i can see this happening, but my fingers are always at least 6 inches from the chain. i use a long handled brush, plus the little straw that you use to apply the lubricant.
     
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    thanks for the info. I'm going to do all of this soon and wasn't sure the best way.

    Where can you go to pick up a quart of kerosene or something though? Can you get that at the hardware or auto repair store? :o
     
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    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    i got a gallon of the stuff from Ace Hardware for like $8
     
  12. Snafu

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    2 types of kerosene you can buy. One at Home Depot/Lowes or the type you get at a gas station that sells kerosene. The ones that are sold in gallon containers at HD/Lowes are better refined (doesn't smell as much) and more expensive.

    I usually get some at the gas station as I have a kerosene heater that I use in the winter. I have it stored in those blue gas cans.

    Just make sure that when you use it, have the garage door open or you're outside when you clean.


    Gas staion around here sells kerosene for about $4 a gallon.
     
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    :coold:

    I'll just go to Lowes or whatever and get it.
     
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    chain?

    ¿que es?
     
  15. BlkDrgnZ28

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    a lot of people on my bike forum use wd-40 for cleaning and a quite a few use it to wipe they're wheels down with? :nuts: i tried it a few times and it left great shine but attracted dirt and dust like crazy but did a good job on getting the motorcycle chain grease over spray off the rim, i've been keeping a small can of repsol lube under my passenger seat for when i get caught out in rain i give it a quick spray down and i have a 3 sided brush i picked up from my buddie for scrubbing down the chain not sure were he picked it up though
     
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    i think i have this same product...stuff drys like a wax kinda....i recommend it.....ive never used anything else but I imagine oil is alot messier
     
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    that teflon stuff is awesome
     
  18. Bugalu

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    I use wd to whipe down and clean the chain and my wheels. it eats the motul spray on lube that I use, I love it
     
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    yeah i quite using a nasty looking lube so i don't have to deal with the overspray
     
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    I got some chain cleaner stuff I ordered just to qualify for free shipping once. Normally I use simple green to soak the chain and let it sit for a min or two. Then I use a brush and clean the chain. I rinse with some water and usually go ahead and wash the bike at this point. Then I spray some chain lube I got from the local place and let it sit for about 10 or 15 mins.
     
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    The last 5 years or so I have been using spray on white lithium grease. My last chain I bought came with a heavy residue of it already applied so I thought I would just continue. Seems to work great, no chain wear I have been able to notice in 15k miles or so.
     

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