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    What brand of chains does Trek use on their Road bikes

    I am at the office and I am wondering what brand of chains Trek installs on their road bikes. I want to clean the chain tonight.

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    OK, I'll bite. What difference does brand make when it comes to cleaning a chain? It's not like the chain is going to disintegrate when degreaser is applied. But in direct response to your ? FWIW, my yr. 2000 TREK road bike came installed with a Shimano
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    Thanks. If it Shimano then I need to pick up either replacement pins or a master link. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Chef
    Thanks. If it Shimano then I need to pick up either replacement pins or a master link. Thanks.
    May I suggest getting the SRAM link? It makes for easy chain removal and reinstallation and lasts a long time.

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    How about the Park, or Pedro's, or other, chain cleaner. Then you don't have to remove the chain at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalanche325
    How about the Park, or Pedro's, or other, chain cleaner. Then you don't have to remove the chain at all?
    You will be able to easier, and better, clean the chain if it's off the bike. Also considerably less messy. Often those 'chain cleaning tools' can/will leak. I have my "bike shop" in our upstairs family room and have to keep it pretty clean. My wife insists on that. Or I'm relegated to an unheated garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davet
    May I suggest getting the SRAM link? It makes for easy chain removal and reinstallation and lasts a long time.
    Yes you may. Thanks a lot! I thought about just gettting a new SRAM chain but the one on it has very few miles. The bike is an 04. Someone bought it and after Lance won the 04 Tour they decide they need to get a new Madone like Lance's.

    I use teflon based lubes like Rock 'n' Roll or Finish Line. The lube on this chain is one of the messy black ones. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalanche325
    How about the Park, or Pedro's, or other, chain cleaner. Then you don't have to remove the chain at all?
    Tried one of those (I think it was a 'Barbieri', but I'm not sure) and was not impressed. It was messy and not very effective.

    For me, taking the chain off the bike every once in a while is the only method. As somebody on BikeForums suggested, I believe Khuon is to be credited here, putting your chain in a bath of solvent and placing it on top of a running washing machine works like a charm: amazing how much dirt particles are caught this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Chef
    I use teflon based lubes like Rock 'n' Roll
    Just remember that most Rock'N'Roll lubes are meant to be streamed on and then just ridden... not dripped on like a normal lube. They're supposed to clean and lube at the same time. I use Rock'N'Roll when I'm in a real hurry (read: must go in ten minutes) otherwise I remove the chain and soak it in a degreaser/cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruco
    As somebody on BikeForums suggested, I believe Khuon is to be credited here, putting your chain in a bath of solvent and placing it on top of a running washing machine works like a charm: amazing how much dirt particles are caught this way.
    Yep... it works great. A pretty good substitute if you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner... which I don't.
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