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post #1 of 8 Old 02-13-2014, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Chain cleanliness

Guys, I am kind of curious here. I see people talking about cleaning their chains all the time and I've never really had to clean mine. I usually put it on the stand and rotate it and spray on lube about every 300 to 400 miles. Admittedly I only rode about maybe 1000 miles last year due to my work commitments (travel out of town) but before that I've usually ridden all spring summer and fall (Well, OK, in DFW its more like summer, summer and summer). I've taken off my front sprocket cover and there was some grease build up that I knocked out with a screw driver and a rag but aside from that I just don't have a ton of build up normally, at least none to where I have to physically get town and scrub on the chain. Usually the most I have to do is take the pressure sprayer and the scrub brush at the car to it while I rotate the rear wheel on the stand.. Am I alone in this or do other people kind of never seem to suffer from the huge amount of gunk build up?

For lube I am using the Maxima brand chain wax in the big 13.5 ounce can...

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I would just consider yourself lucky. Sounds like your chain wax is keeping your chain pretty clean. The low miles probably has something to do with it too. I wouldn't hit it with a pressure washer as the water may get past the o-rings and wash out some of the factory lube.

I usually just spray some WD-40 on a rag and wipe my chain off while spinning the wheel by hand.

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Ditto that, NEVER use a pressure washer, or any water based anything, really, to clean your chain. WD-40 to clean, then lube with a good chain wax. Done.

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Well, I will correct myself. I use the high pressure wand at the car wash but I just use it with the low spray when I am addressing the chain (not squeezing the handle to blast mode). The most aggressive I get with it is usually spraying the soap on once it comes out, (still lower pressure), then I swap to the brush attachment with the foam going and I just get busy with the chain, then I rinse it off with the lower pressure of the wand as well.

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Be careful with the brushes as well, they can still harm the o-rings.

Also, water is water. Still damages the chain to some degree - that's why it's best to immediately clean and lube the chain after riding in wet weather. Let it sit and you're asking for rust.

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then I swap to the brush attachment with the foam going and I just get busy with the chain,


No offense intended, but I hope the next person in the car wash using the brush attachment doesn't have a heart attack when they find chain lube/mung all over their paint job.

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No kidding! I'd be pissed if I started to wash my car and instead of cleaning it I was smearing chain lube and road grime all over the paint!

I never notice too much lube build up on the chain or the sprocket cover. As others have mentioned, after washing the bike I spray the chain with WD-40 to displace the water, and wipe off the excess with a rag, then spray it with chain lube, and again wipe off the excess with a rag. Quick and painless, and I don't notice too much gets flung off.

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In his defense, the brush with foam is supposed to be used on wheels, not on your cars paint. At least that's how my local car wash has it labeled.

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