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    oiling a chain

    Recently oiled a chain on my single speed cruiser-used a multigrade oil and oiled the chain on the bike-

    Big mistake-took the bike out for a ride and oil everwhere-tires spokes hub-

    There must be a better way-can you take the chain off and soak it in a solvent to clean, then soak it in a proper chain oil for lubrication, hang it up to drip out excess and then wipe dry?

    What is the right way??

    Thanks-Bob

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    Please search the forum for :

    chain lube
    chain lubrication
    chain cleaning
    chain degreasing
    degreasers

    Also, review these sites:

    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/CM5.shtml
    http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
    http://www.execulink.com/~dtierney/wmc/SRAM/chains2.htm

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    Hehe- be prepared to do a lot of reading. Folks get all emotional on the subject, and threads tend to go on for pages and pages.

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    Where are you located, and do you ever ride in damp weather? I use a white wax-based chain lube, but would recommend it only to those who live in relatively dry climates.
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    Maybe you're aware of it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to oil on the bike in my opinion.

    I know some people that just squeeze the bottle, tube, whatever and spin the crank. This usually is messy.

    I find that placing a drop on each chain rivet lubes things up nicely. I then crank it several times, and then whipe while cranking with a cloth.

    Maybe this will work for you, maybe not. As bikewer alluded to, everyone has their own method, so play around and find something that works for you.

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    The problem with most straight oils is that they fly off the chain, as you've found. Most bike-specific chain lubes have the lube thinned with a "carrier" which evaporates, leaving a thicker residue that (more or less) stays on the chain. Of course, it usually attracts dirt and grunge as well, shortening chain life and making shifting a pain.
    Wax-based lubes tend to flake off, thus staying cleaner. However, you have to re-apply all the time. Great for mountain bikes used in muddy/wet woods conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mashed_potato
    Maybe you're aware of it, but there is a right way and a wrong way to oil on the bike in my opinion.

    I know some people that just squeeze the bottle, tube, whatever and spin the crank. This usually is messy.

    I find that placing a drop on each chain rivet lubes things up nicely. I then crank it several times, and then whipe while cranking with a cloth.
    Read the FAQ and find out why this is a bad idea.
    http://yarchive.net/bike/chain_wear.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E
    Where are you located, and do you ever ride in damp weather? I use a white wax-based chain lube, but would recommend it only to those who live in relatively dry climates.
    I don't know. I live in Seattle and use White Lightening and have never looked back. You just have to be
    vigilant when it's really pouring.

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    Thanks for the replys and advice-Very helpful

    Regards-Bob

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    Regularly removing a std chain can weaken the links. You can get special removable links such as Sachs Powerlink, which undoes by hand instead of using a chain rivet tool.
    Removing the chain for solvent cleaning is a bit extreme but does no harm. I run 2 chains, on resting in a jar of solvent and swap them every few weeks.

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    John E--I live in South Florida so dampness is an issue

    Michael W-I have a removable link-No problem

    I just tried the soak it in mineral spirit bath process-I could not believe my eyes of what came off and out of that chain-

    The bike only has 700 miles in it and I oiled it once-I think my oiling it caused the dirt problem-

    My biggest concern was the grit in the bottom of the pan!

    After the bath I used high pressure air on it to blow it as dry as I could-Blew out under the rollers as well-Then a 50/50 mineral spirit and motor oil dunk and massage-Hung it up to drip dry over night and then ragged it down real good-It looked like the clean oil/min spirit mix penetrated well-Put back on and then a short ride-Ragged it again on the bike-

    Question--Any idea how long it takes for the mineral spirit to evaporate?

    Thanks for the help everyone--Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW
    I run 2 chains, on resting in a jar of solvent and swap them every few weeks.
    I have always wondered whether running two chains on a bicycle can be a problem in terms of affecting the wear on the chainrings and the cogs. I am talking about the possibility of the two chains wearing unevenly and thus affecting the wear on the chainrings and cogs differently.

    If I can be convinced that this issue would not arise, then I would also like to run two Sram chains that can be changed every two weeks or so.

    What do you think?

    Regards

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    After lubing, wipe off the excess with an old t-shirt. Anything on the outside of the chain isn't lubing anything and only serves to attract dirt.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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