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Old 12-24-18, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
I'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
Or any other small plastic container that can take the abuse.

BTW... I'm heading to Vegas and I think I can buy Acetone in NV.
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Gatorade bottle(s) and chain quickie link. Great chain cleaning tool(s). No need to overthink it.

Had to replace jockey and idler wheels on people's bikes because they used fancy on bike cleaner machines. They seem to wash the lube out of the pulleys really well and if water based cleaner was used the rust forms in the bushing / bearing. Just be aware.

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Originally Posted by andrew r stewart View Post
i'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
+ 5 . Kb
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Old 12-26-18, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
All you really need is a chain tool and some Q-tips and some solvent.

I wondered when this one would show up.
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Best?

https://www.safety-kleen.com/ Its a service pump circulated over the tank, then the solvent is recyclrd by the company ..

Auto Shops are theit primary customers ..






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Old 12-26-18, 12:34 PM
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I don't think you need "the best" chain cleaner, just "good enough". Anti-chain cleaner guys are always saying how it really doesn't help extend life of chain or whatever. Really all I want is... not filthy... and easy to use.





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Old 12-26-18, 12:36 PM
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This. Switch to wax/paraffin. Or something like Smoove.



Couplafew bucks for five bars a box.




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Old 12-28-18, 10:46 AM
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Can those quick link connectors be re-used?
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Old 12-28-18, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies View Post
Can those quick link connectors be re-used?
In theory, no. In practice, yes. If you want to follow the “theory”, the link is pretty cheap.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post


In theory, no. In practice, yes. If you want to follow the “theory”, the link is pretty cheap.
or.. in theory yes, in practice yes?
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-11r-reusable
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Old 12-28-18, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
or.. in theory yes, in practice yes?
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-11r-reusable
$48?!?!?!? (Grandfather: "I can get a whole bike for $48!)
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
$48?!?!?!? (Grandfather: "I can get a whole bike for $48!)
that's for a card of 6 I think.. so if each link lasts for one chain, it's $8 per chain.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
that's for a card of 6 I think.. so if each link lasts for one chain, it's $8 per chain.
Ah. I didn't catch that.
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Old 12-28-18, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
or.. in theory yes, in practice yes?
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-11r-reusable
Note that link is only for 11 speed. All of the others listed from 6 to 12 speed are “supposed” to be singl use only. Most links are supposed to be used only once.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post


Note that link is only for 11 speed. All of the others listed from 6 to 12 speed are “supposed” to be singl use only. Most links are supposed to be used only once.
I've noticed that most quick links for up to 8 speeds are "officially" (by manufacturer recommendation) OK to be reused, while 9-10-11-12 are more often recommended to be used only once.

The explanation is that (outer) plate material is thicker with lower speed chain, so any damage when dis/connecting a quick link still leaves enough material to hold securely.

Have I re-used the "many speed" ones? Yes, it was fine. Would I recommend it? Only with a warning that it's at one's own risk.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post


Note that link is only for 11 speed. All of the others listed from 6 to 12 speed are “supposed” to be singl use only. Most links are supposed to be used only once.
..pun intended, here's a couple more links.. I'm not sure where you get your info? This is from a manufacturer's site.
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-10r?pp=8
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-9r?pp=8

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I've noticed that most quick links for up to 8 speeds are "officially" (by manufacturer recommendation) OK to be reused, while 9-10-11-12 are more often recommended to be used only once.

The explanation is that (outer) plate material is thicker with lower speed chain, so any damage when dis/connecting a quick link still leaves enough material to hold securely.

Have I re-used the "many speed" ones? Yes, it was fine. Would I recommend it? Only with a warning that it's at one's own risk.
I think the simple answer is really, eg. for KMC anyway, that they sell both Reusable and Non-Reusable variants. Read the product descriptions for the answer.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I think the simple answer is really, eg. for KMC anyway, that they sell both Reusable and Non-Reusable variants. Read the product descriptions for the answer.
Exactly.
And when buying 10s KMC chains in the past, I've randomly found either kind included.
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Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
While very nice, I don't want to spend the money on Park's pro-level metal chain cleaner. What others (made of plastic) do you folks like (Park, Much-Off, Pedro's, etc.)?
A jar with a lid and 1/4 of kerosene. Dump in chain, wait 5 minutes, shake for 1 minute, Pick out and dry chain.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
..pun intended, here's a couple more links.. I'm not sure where you get your info? This is from a manufacturer's site.
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-10r?pp=8
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-9r?pp=8
I stand corrected. However, in my defense, only one of the links is marked “reusable” like the 11 speed chain. You have to read all of the descriptions to find out which are reusable and which aren’t. And, as I said above, most links from other companies are meant for a single use. They can be reused in practice but the manufacturers say they are only good for a single use.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
..pun intended, here's a couple more links.. I'm not sure where you get your info? This is from a manufacturer's site.
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-10r?pp=8
https://store.kmcchain.us/p/missinglink-9r?pp=8



I think the simple answer is really, eg. for KMC anyway, that they sell both Reusable and Non-Reusable variants. Read the product descriptions for the answer.
Agree - it's from product to product. As a (more) general rule - the more speeds, the more of them are one-use only, at least from what I've seen (always read the fine print, especially when installing components for others).
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I remove chain, put in jar with mineral spirits, shake a bit, let soak, shake more, then pull out and wipe clean. Sometimes a second jar with clean mineral spirits is used.

I'm probably going to switch to simple green. A bit more environmentally friendly, and the smell isn't as toxic
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I remove chain, put in jar with mineral spirits, shake a bit, let soak, shake more, then pull out and wipe clean. Sometimes a second jar with clean mineral spirits is used.

I'm probably going to switch to simple green. A bit more environmentally friendly, and the smell isn't as toxic
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Simple Green is more environmentally friendly. You’ll need much more Simple Green to do the same job. While you can use about 1/2 cup of mineral spirits to clean a chain a dozen times, you’ll need more like 2 cups of Simple Green to clean one chain. Plus you’ll need to remove the Simple Green before you relubricate the chain. That means 2 to 4 times the amount of Simple Green or 4 to 8 cups of water. And then you need to get rid of the water either by heating the chain or by chasing the water with a solvent like alcohol or acetone. You won’t need much of either but you’ll need some. Once you do all the washing and rinsing and drying, you’ve created a much larger volume of waste than if you just used mineral spirits.

Finally, the “smell” isn’t what is toxic. It’s the components. Deodorized mineral spirits contains hydrocarbons which have a low toxicity. Use gloves, of course, but you should use gloves when handling Simple Green as well.
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question for u guys who use bottle and solvent and the shakes...

what do you do with the solvent after ward?

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I'm new to cycling but have been around chains most of my life in the ag field. Just what does a top of the line chain for a bike cost? Just an outside perspective but keeping a chain clean and lubed will save the cassette and crank set. But taking a chain off and soaking in solvent seems like a pile of work.
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question for u guys who use bottle and solvent and the shakes...

what do you do with the solvent after ward? throw the bottle into the trash can?
Let the crud settle to the bottom. Later, slowly and carefully pour the solvent into a "new" Gatorade bottle. Discard the old bottle with the layer of crud on the bottom.

You can expedite the process, too-- right after you clean the chain, swizzle a magnet around in the bottle, and sit in surprise at how much of that crud is metal.
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