Originally Posted by operator
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.
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!
Last edited by mike; 08-19-07 at 04:24 PM.