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Old 04-24-12, 09:02 AM   #1
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Lubing bike chain and such.

I know these threads are everywhere but I wanted to ask if what I am doing exactly is bad.

I was going to take the chain off.

Soak in Mineral Spirits for 2-3 hours

take out let it dry

Buy some kind of lube ( need recommendation)

Then wait for lube to dry and reapply chain to bike

Yes or no?
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Old 04-24-12, 09:12 AM   #2
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from what i understand, you are supposed to soak it in gatorade.

but what you are doing sounds legit.

lube recommendation: whatever works in your area, ask the bike shop. ATB, Rock n Roll, T-9, all good stuff.
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Lol i think you mean in a Gatorade bottle?
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I prefer using an old Peanut butter jar. Easier to get the chain in and out of. I'm trying Dumonde Tech LIGHT this year. So far so good. ProGold, TriFlow, White Lightening and what PSNAZ suggest are all good names. But the conditions you ride in might be better suited to a wax than an oil. My area is very dusty, 1/4" of rain so far this year! Dumonde rep says his stuff is the best for this area, but I think he lives on commissions.
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I know these threads are everywhere but I wanted to ask if what I am doing exactly is bad.

I was going to take the chain off.

Soak in Mineral Spirits for 2-3 hours

take out let it dry

Buy some kind of lube ( need recommendation)

Then wait for lube to dry and reapply chain to bike

Yes or no?
To clean the chain you do need to do more than soak it and let it dry.

I choose to shake the container vigorously several times to give force, to not just disolving but actually removing, gunk from the chains inner surfaces. (Chances are if you just let it soak you will see little darkening of the MS.)

After Soaking/shaking/soaking/shaking I immediately (after last shake) pour the dirty MS into a second container for reuse after gunk settles. I pour clean MS into container with chain and repeat Soaking/shaking/soaking/shaking. If the MS is clean after that the chain is clean.

Disadvantage - It takes 2 peanut butter containers.
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Old 04-24-12, 02:45 PM   #6
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What tool for taking the chain off the bike?
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Old 04-25-12, 09:42 AM   #7
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one like this will work unless you've got a quick master link.
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Old 04-25-12, 09:17 PM   #8
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I gotta buy one of those.
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