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Old 05-27-08, 06:54 PM   #1
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Cheap degreaser for Park chain cleaner

I've been using the Park brand chain scrubbing device ('Cyclone'), and it's worked well enough tor me. I've used Chainbrite and Pedro's Bio-Clean as a degreaser, but they seem a little expensive for regular use. What's the cheapest option as a substitute degreaser? It seems unlikely, but will dish soap and hot water work? What about simply diluting the above-mentioned degreasers with warm water? Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 05-27-08, 07:07 PM   #2
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Try Simple Green, it's pretty much the same thing as Bio-Clean.
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Soap doesn't work at all. You need a plastic-safe solvent.
Cheapest solution is a non-Shimano chain, a chain tool, a tin can, and kerosene.
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my favorite degreaser is el duke's - it's made from soybean oil and is the product of a small business. biodegradable, non-toxic, safe to work with.

works excellent and quite inexpensive. highly recommended.

www.eldukedegreaser.com
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Try Simple Green, it's pretty much the same thing as Bio-Clean.
Thanks, I was wondering about Simple Green. They have a lot of formulations; were you referring to something like this http://www.staples.com/office/suppli...&ci_sku=494052 or more something like this http://www.acehardware.com/sm-simple...i-1308422.html ? Thanks again.
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Kerosene works well. It is not so bad on the environment as long as you keep out out of the water - like sewage drains, etc. Find a lonely place around the outside of your house to dispose of it. If you pour it onto the surface of the soil, it will break down naturally.
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http://www.simplegreen.com/products_bike.php

This foams up nice and then sticks to whatever you hit it with - which is good for using it on your bike. The other simple green formulas seem to be "spray" types. $7-10 should get you 20 ounces.

Not sure how the other "liquid" forms of simple green may work in your cyclone though-
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I clean a chain by shaking it for a few minutes in a PET bottle containing diesel or kerosene.

Allow the gunk to set on the bottom of the bottle. Then gently pour it when the liquid is clarified. The kerosene can be reclycled almost endlessly. I can rinse a chain for at least 20 times using the same stuff over and over again.
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Kerosene works well. It is not so bad on the environment as long as you keep out out of the water - like sewage drains, etc. Find a lonely place around the outside of your house to dispose of it. If you pour it onto the surface of the soil, it will break down naturally.
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Kerosene or diesel fuel. Take a metal can to your nearest convenience store and fill it up from a pump.
I'm using mineral spirits from a gallon can that I bought in a hardware store. We keep mineral spirits in the garage for a number of purposes including home brew chain lube (mixed with 25% Mobil One Synthetic).

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simple green 50/50 with water
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