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Old 05-10-06, 07:19 AM   #1
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Chain cleaning devices

Hello,
I am wondering if anyone has any experience with any of those evices for cleaning chains (plastic containers with brushes and reservoirs for soap through which chains are run and consequently cleaned).
I am still the most successful when I take the chain off and carefully clean it with a rug and some degreasers but that takes time. Do these little plastic gadgets with brushes and cranks actually work? If yes, how good and reliable are hey? Are they worth the money ?
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Old 05-10-06, 07:22 AM   #2
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Please do a search, this topic gets covered about once a week.

http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=192431
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Old 05-10-06, 07:45 AM   #3
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My .02:

Yes, they work pretty well in my experience. But you have to clean the cleaner as well, so it's a messy and time-consuming process either way you approach it, IMO.
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I have found the most effective way is to take the chain off, put it in a water bottle with degreaser and shake. Take the chain out and wipe clean with a cloth. Please dont use your rug All the chain cleaning systems work well if you dont have the time/need to take the chain off. The water bottle system gets it cleaner though and gives you a chance to inspect your chain.
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I have found the most effective way is to take the chain off, put it in a water bottle with degreaser and shake. Take the chain out and wipe clean with a cloth. Please dont use your rug All the chain cleaning systems work well if you dont have the time/need to take the chain off. The water bottle system gets it cleaner though and gives you a chance to inspect your chain.
+1. Also, there's some thought (mentioned in some of the threads linked by Landgolier) that brushes can force dirt further into the interior of the chain.
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