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Old 06-03-08, 07:42 PM   #1
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Chain & sprocket grit

What do you guys do after a day of riding and your chain is fulla dirt and grime sand and junk?
I road where it was real dusty and when I was done riding I was wiping my bike down and grabbed the chain, when I moved it back and forth I could feel and hear the gritt grinding in the rollers, imagining this could lead to serious wear if left unattended. I sprayed with wd40 just to wash out the crud and it made a paste so I went to the water hose with pressure and rinsed it off. Dryed it all up real good and put some chain lube then wiped the excess down.

My real question is, I dont think I could do this every time I ride it took me like a couple hours. Whats the best way to keep your chain as clean as possable with out taking too much time to do it, and how often do you do it?
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Old 06-03-08, 07:55 PM   #2
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My real question is, I dont think I could do this every time I ride it took me like a couple hours. Whats the best way to keep your chain as clean as possable with out taking too much time to do it, and how often do you do it?

1. Between rides wipe chain w/ rag and relube. Repeat.
2. For thorough clean, shake in plastic bottle filled w/ mineral spirits. Wipe with rag. Reinstall.

SRAM's Powerlink is a time saver.
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Old 06-03-08, 10:46 PM   #3
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I've been taking the extra time to remove the cassette, RD pulleys and chain, soaking them in 1 part degreaser, 5 parts water for an hour. Clean the bike while they're soaking, remove from solution, dry with microfiber towel, reassemble. Just like new.
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Old 06-04-08, 07:29 AM   #4
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Hose off the chain and gears, spray with Simple Green, hose off again, air dry, re-lube the chain.

It doesn't get the chain perfectly clean but it does take the worst of the gunk out. Once a month or so I take the chain off, soak it in citrus degreaser, clean with a toothbrush, rinse with water, air dry, and re-lube. I do the same to the rear cassette at the same time.

I also hose down the bike and squirt a little WD-40 in to the ends of the cables to get the water out of the housings. I know that I'm probably breaking a dozen "thou shalt not" rules of bike cleaning with this simple procedure but it's served me well for years.
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I hear ya chris I thought I would get flogged for saying the wd40 word as well but I think it does have its places.
Thanks for the tips.
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