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post #1 of 16 Old 07-07-2014, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone cover the chain when they wash their bike?

I wash my bike quite a bit, nearly every other day because it gets a layer of dust on it.

The chain gets a small amount of water (usually NOT direct spray). I oil the chain with 85W about every 300 miles or so. I want to get an auto-oiler, but haven't yet.

Q. Do you guys cover the chain when you wash your bike?

Q. Do you wash down the tire/rim area to get rid of the oil that flings off?

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No I do not. But instead of washing it all the time look into mother's ( or miguiars, my preffered brands) detail spray and wax. It'll suprise you with how good it looks.

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I say wash, but really it's just a quick spray and wipe down to get rid of the dust layer. I suppose I could just use a spray detailer, but this is quick cheap and easy.

One bad habit is that I usually ride right after, so the water doesn't evaporate off the chain.

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I wash my bike quite a bit, nearly every other day because it gets a layer of dust on it.

The chain gets a small amount of water (usually NOT direct spray). I oil the chain with 85W about every 300 miles or so. I want to get an auto-oiler, but haven't yet.

Q. Do you guys cover the chain when you wash your bike?

Q. Do you wash down the tire/rim area to get rid of the oil that flings off?
I never cover the chain when I wash it - I don't even think about whether I get water on it, since it's a sealed chain and has a good amount of lubricant on it to resist the water anyway. Having said that, I wouldn't blast it with a pressure washer...

Yes, I do try and get rid of the muck that has been flung off it - I get a lot fetching up on the LHS rim of the rear wheel, so I rub it with a cloth and some kind of solvent to chase it away. I keep clear of the tyre.

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I wash my bike quite a bit, nearly every other day because it gets a layer of dust on it. The chain gets a small amount of water (usually NOT direct spray). I oil the chain with 85W about every 300 miles or so. I want to get an auto-oiler, but haven't yet. Q. Do you guys cover the chain when you wash your bike? Q. Do you wash down the tire/rim area to get rid of the oil that flings off?
1.no. 2.yes but never had chain oil on the tire, just on the rim. I wouldn't worry about the chain getting wet, just make sure you don't blast it with the power washer. After you wash your bike, degrease the chain with wd40, wipe it clean and reoil.

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I never cover the chain when I wash it - I don't even think about whether I get water on it, since it's a sealed chain and has a good amount of lubricant on it to resist the water anyway. Having said that, I wouldn't blast it with a pressure washer...
+1 The easiest thing is to not worry about it and just clean and lube the chain afterwards.

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I've got a harem of women who's role in life is to keep my chain happy.

OK, fine, that's a lie, flat out.

I just try to avoid direct contact as much as possible -

With the chain by the water, that is.

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+1 The easiest thing is to not worry about it and just clean and lube the chain afterwards.
This is one of the concerns, I don't clean and lube the chain afterwards because I would be cleaning and lubing the chain 3 times a week.

[re-phrased to avoid TWSS, but try anyways ]

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1.no. 2.yes but never had chain oil on the tire, just on the rim. I wouldn't worry about the chain getting wet, just make sure you don't blast it with the power washer. After you wash your bike, degrease the chain with wd40, wipe it clean and reoil.
Been doing the same since 1978 without an issue with your choice of lube.



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This is one of the concerns, I don't clean and lube the chain afterwards because I would be cleaning and lubing the chain 3 times a week.

[re-phrased to avoid TWSS, but try anyways ]
You're gonna wear the paint off the bike.

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Lube. ....

And no, never thought to cover the chain

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Until the chain starts rusting, clanking and squeaking, I think you can worry a lot less about contact with water - it's pretty robust, can even cope with hours of steady downpour...

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Lube. .... And no, never thought to cover the chain
. TWSS.

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Another option is to just stop washing your bike! Seriously though, I do basically the same as others have mentioned - wash your bike and don't worry too much about water getting on your chain, spray WD-40 on the chain to disperse the water, wipe off the excess, apply chain lube, wipe off the excess.

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+1 The easiest thing is to not worry about it and just clean and lube the chain afterwards.
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