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Old 01-10-19, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
You're not far off. I hot wax my chains, so they only get cleaned once, to remove the factory coating-- and with my current wax mix, a typical chain gets waxed around half a dozen times before it goes in the bin. Absolutely no need to try to stretch the life of the chain, much less clean it. A $15 chain and 75 worth of wax blend every 3,000 miles. Can't justify spending more on a chain than I typically do on a cassette.
Why hot wax? Why not use something easy like Squirt? A 15 buck near-disposable chain and Squirt seem to be made for each other.
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Old 01-10-19, 12:27 AM
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Squirt is... okay. But what it builds up on the jockey wheels is inexcusable. And compared to paraffin which cost me around a dollar a pound, Squirt costs a fortune. Even with additives, waxing each bike's drivetrain costs less than $2 a year.
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Not sure how you broke a connex link unless you didn't secure it properly. I've been running them for over 15yrs and have had zero issues.
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Old 01-10-19, 06:30 PM
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The fixed pin broke out of one of the plates, so I had one plate with two pins affixed to it, and one plate with none. Replaced it with one of my backup KMC links, and never looked back.

Fluke? Probably. But bad enough that I'm not dropping $27 on another one-- much less $70 on a chain that includes the link. I get my spare quick-links for around $5 each, and every $15 PC1110 comes with one.
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Old 01-14-19, 03:59 PM
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Where are you guys getting your mineral spirits? Is there a name brand I should be looking for? Thank you.
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Old 01-15-19, 08:47 AM
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Where are you guys getting your mineral spirits? Is there a name brand I should be looking for? Thank you.
Home Depot but you can get it in any hardware or paint store. The Klean-Strip odorless mineral spirits from Home Depot is as good as any. Don't get the "green" mineral spirits which is an emulsion of mineral spirits in water. It doesn't work nearly as well.

If you can't get mineral spirits because of local regulations, look into stove fuel (Coleman or other). That is similar to mineral spirits but has more aromatics in it so its flash point is a little lower. Use nitrile gloves with either but especially if you are using Coleman fuel. And, of course, use it in a well ventilated area...aka outside.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Don't get the "green" mineral spirits which is an emulsion of mineral spirits in water. It doesn't work nearly as well.
Now you tell me!
I picked up a bottle from Home Depot last week.
I just now looked at it.
It is the "green" version.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Now you tell me!
I picked up a bottle from Home Depot last week.
I just now looked at it.
It is the "green" version.
Doh!
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Anyone try Marvel Mystery Oil or SeaFoam to clean their chain? Or even combining the two in a 50/50 mixture?

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Old 01-30-19, 06:27 PM
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I just use a small stiff nylon brush and some WPL (Whistler Performance Lubricants) bio-solvent degreaser. Cuts down all grime and grease from my cassette and chain and makes it all look brand new again.

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Old 01-30-19, 07:02 PM
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^^ that one ^^ hand labor... do the work.
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Old 01-31-19, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
a rag suffices fine. If heavier duty, get the rag wet first with some mineral spirits or kleen streak.
Exactly!

hains are cheap, life is short - Paper towel with a bit of WD40 or other penetrating oil sprayed on it works well enough. I get over 5000 miles out of a chain minimum with this approach. Taking it off the bike and cleaning isn't worth my time when i'm already getting almost a year's riding out of a $30 part.
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Old 01-31-19, 06:38 AM
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I bought a Pedro's and on the second use it basically fell apart,it's still usable but messy and clumsy
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