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Old 09-25-06, 09:30 AM   #1
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New chain

I just installed a new wippermann chain on my Lemond Buenos Aires. I'm getting conflicting advice, so I thought I would consult the collective. Am I supposed to clean off the coating that came on the chain and then re-lube, or should I leave it on. Sheldon Brown's site said to leave it on, but others have told me that it will gum up the rest of the drive train. Who's right?
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I always wipe off the outside surfaces of the new chain as lube there does nothing but attract dirt. Do not soak the chain in solvent to remove the factory lube from inside the pins and bushings.
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Sheldon Brown's site said to leave it on,
I always go with experience. Sheldon Brown has a lot of experience with bicycles.

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I like the idea of wiping the outside of the chain. Logically, it would have no effect on the working lubrication, but, as HillRider, mentioned it would keep dirt from sticking to the outside of the chain. Thanks for the reassurance in your responses.
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I always wipe off the outside surfaces of the new chain as lube there does nothing but attract dirt. Do not soak the chain in solvent to remove the factory lube from inside the pins and bushings.
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