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Old 10-31-18, 03:26 PM
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How long chains last depends on how they wear and how you measure the wear. I really can't believe that any modern 10 or 11 speed chain would ever last for 16,000 miles. A Campy chain may show almost no elongation, even over it's entire length after 6,000 miles but that does not mean that it's not worn out. Check the side clearance and it's likely to be twice that of a new chain and the rollers will have severe wear. I use a plug gage that's about .230 inch wide and if it drops between the rollers, the chain is shot, IMO. Another hint of excessive wear is the roller on the end of the chain falls out when it's taken off for cleaning. I use 3 chains in a regular rotation with one cassette and expect the cassette to last the life of those three chains.

If only one chain is actually used for 16,000 miles with one cassette, the cassette will never work with a new chain, so both would be trashed at the same time.

Why use a water soluble cleaner and then have to remove the water before lubing?

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Originally Posted by mtb_addict
I used to clean parts with mineral spirit without gloves.
Gasoline is good....feels all tingly afterwards. Might be a shortcut to cancer or such.
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1. Completely strip chain with mineral spirits. Allow to dry completely overnight.

2. Set chain in a medium-sized skillet. Brush on extra-virgin olive oil. Yes, olive oil.

3. Heat on low, 3 minutes, being sure not to allow oil to smoke. The goal here is to simply warm the chain and oil. Remove from heat.

4. Promptly sprinkle a *very* light coating of powdered sugar on your chain....less is better. Heat again on medium/high for 1 minute or until light brown sheen appears on chain. This is the caramelization phase.

5. Remove from heat, allow to cool, reinstall chain.

6. Enjoy an all-natural, food grade, "dry" lube that won't collect dirt and that is very water resistant!
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