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Old 08-19-07, 01:57 PM   #1
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Cleaning and Lubricating

What kits are their out their that include both cleaning and lubricating tools for keeping your bike in good nick as im new to this and have just purchased a new bike. the only kit ive found is the muc off, doesnt include many items apart from the brushes that look good.

Could anyone tell me if they know a good kit or a good combo of items that they use for their bike that work well, please list your entire kits for your cleaning and lubricating tools , thanks and please reply
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You don't need a "kit". You really need

1) environmentally friendly degreaser
2) chain tool if your chain is not masterlinked/quick link
3) chain lube

Take the chain off, throw it into a bottle shake with degreaser, rinse and reattach chain onto bike. Lube, finish.

Or what I usually do is just use rock'n'roll lube directly without taking the chain off.



Goes on, VERY clean. Best lube on the planet.
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That muck off kit is pretty good- although that is probably down to th Muck off rather than the kit of brushes. I have one and use it all the time.

However- The best kit you can get is hot soapy water- A toothbrush- A 1" stif brush and elbpw grease. Far cheaper and just as effective as the fancy kits. EXCEPT- for a chain cleaning device. These are worth their weight in gold for the time saved in cleaning a chain.

Now on The muck off liquid- I use it at 50% strength and it works just as well.
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If you mostly ride pavement, and clean your chain regulary, there is no reason to take it off the bike. A shop towel with nap, (costco has great ones) and braklean will do the trick. I soak a 2" spot on the towel & run the chain through it several times, then several repeats with dry towel. I do it till there isn't much smudge left. Then once around the chain with a pipe cleaner folded in half, then once more with the dry towel. Wipe the jockey rollers. Lube sparingly. Time spent' 12 minutes. bk

Note how there WASN'T ANY WATER or ACIDIC DEGREASER on your chain!
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right i think ive got an idea of what i need to get and ive come up with a list,

muc off kit, i need everything in it so it will be able to help me clean my bike

Degreaser to be used on the casette, chain, mechs and cranks.

cable lube, for cables

extreme chain lube, for casette, chain, mechs, cranks, pedals and any other moving part (is this ok)

Grease for seat post and forks.

can someone just check that for me and tell me if it is wrong of if im missing something thanks, please reply
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Note how there WASN'T ANY WATER or ACIDIC DEGREASER on your chain!
Awesome method dude. The bonus with this is that instead of water or degreaser, you wash all the **** back into your chain. Not only does your chain not get clean, it gets dirtier the second you go out riding. Woohoo!

Other than that, great lubing method though.
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You don't need a "kit". You really need

1) environmentally friendly degreaser
2) chain tool if your chain is not masterlinked/quick link
3) chain lube

Take the chain off, throw it into a bottle shake with degreaser, rinse and reattach chain onto bike. Lube, finish.

Or what I usually do is just use rock'n'roll lube directly without taking the chain off.



Goes on, VERY clean. Best lube on the planet.

Yes, -OR- the cheaper version:

1) Non-environmentally-friendly engine cleaner (that works better than the enviro-friendly stuff)
2) Two brushes from the dollar store and a couple of old tooth-brushes.
3) Water blast from garden hose.
4) light-weight motor oil (new, of course). Oil the chain, ride around the block to work the oil into the links, and wipe off the excess on the outside of the chain.

I clean the chain while it is still on the bike. I think that breaking the chain causes more harm to the chain than the little bit extra much that you might get off by removing the chain.

SO:
A) SQUIIIIIRT the engine foam onto the chain and derailures and crank and chain rings.
B) Have a cup of coffee and wait for it to work in.
C) If you are feeling anal that day, then SCRUUUUB with the brushes (hold the chain between two brushes and let your neighbor turn the crank for you to pass the chain through the brushes).
D) Rinse the chain with a garden hose. (Or don't if you are freeky about water getting into your chain). Let air dry or dry with a rag.
E) Appy light grade motor oil.
F) Ride around the block
G) Wipe off excess oil
H) Notice how nice your chain, crank, and derailures SPARKLE SPARKLE
H) Go for a ride.

- and people ask me how I get thousands of riding miles out of my chains. Jeesh - it's the maintanance plan, Maaaan!

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Here's what I don't get... you put cleaner (I use orange cleaner) on the chain to get the muck off. The you put oil on. Doesn't the residue cleaner mess with the oil?
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