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Old 12-24-18, 01:39 AM
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Best chain cleaning tool?

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.)?
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Old 12-24-18, 04:47 AM
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I have this one and it has served me well

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I also use the blue plastic one linked to above. It came with a few other cleaning tools, and works fine. The one I have has lasted years. YMMV
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I'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
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I have used the Park plastic cleaner for a while now and it works just fine. I was not happy with it at first- but found that learning to use the tool properly gets much better results. After running out of Park's cleaning solution I switched to simple green and it works as well as the factory product.
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i'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
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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
+1

On that and alternatives pros and cons:
https://bike.bikegremlin.com/44/best...-chain-lube/#4
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i'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
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While the chain is off you can clean the cogs and rings easily. You will be amazed how long a chain last.
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a rag suffices fine. If heavier duty, get the rag wet first with some mineral spirits or kleen streak.
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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.
So this post opens that pandora's box of whether cleaning off a chain with rubbing a rag on the chain's outsides is doing anything to the insides, where the wear and tear happens. This is why when talking with customers I qualify my chain cleaning advice. If they want their legs to stay clean then wiping off the chain is fine (and a positive feel good exercise). But if the goal is to keep the chain from grinding/wearing, it's self or the teeth, at a faster clip then it might mere outside cleaning isn't the trick.

I usually make the analogy to one's car. Washing the car makes it look nice. But changing the oil makes it run nice. Andy
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A steel baking dish , an old tooth brush , some solvent and elbow grease is too much trouble.. , it is Cheap ...
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Bob- I was going to suggest this too but I find the greater splatter factor is beyond many people these days. So many are dirt phobic. Andy
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Our LBS uses that , Plastic (Formica) counter-top wiped up ... lots of the 'deluxe tuneup' is cleaning the customer's bike , they brought in grimy..
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...if you have one, an ultrasonic cleaner works well for this. But you have to be very thorough in relubricating your chain, and vigilant in making certain the chain interior spaces are completely dry before you relubricate or the lube will not penetrate to where it needs to be.

The plastic soda bottle is a lot cheaper, works just about as well, and will preclude your purchase of an ultrasonic cleaner. I used one for years, and still will from time to time unless it's worth setting up the ultrasonic because I have other stuff to clean in it.

If you do use an ultrasonic, you can just seal the chain into a smaller container or Ziploc bag with the mineral spirits or your chosen solvent like simple green, then fill the rest of the cleaner chamber with water.
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Exactly!
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[QUOTE=Sy Reene;20717477]a rag suffices fine. If heavier duty, get the rag wet first with some mineral spirits or kleen streak.[/QUOTE

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/chain-care.html
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I'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
Gotta agree with the one caveat that a Gatorade bottle works a bit better because itís easier to get the chain out without cutting the bottle
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So this post opens that pandora's box of whether cleaning off a chain with rubbing a rag on the chain's outsides is doing anything to the insides, where the wear and tear happens. This is why when talking with customers I qualify my chain cleaning advice. If they want their legs to stay clean then wiping off the chain is fine (and a positive feel good exercise). But if the goal is to keep the chain from grinding/wearing, it's self or the teeth, at a faster clip then it might mere outside cleaning isn't the trick.

I usually make the analogy to one's car. Washing the car makes it look nice. But changing the oil makes it run nice. Andy
Iíll add one thing. People donít think about what the wiping action does. Yes it removes some of the material on the outside of the chain but it also push stuff into the innards of the chain.
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I'll put in my usual vote for a chain removal and soda bottle with solvent method. Andy
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then soak overnight in chainsaw bar oil
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..I wouild add that ever since I found out I could buy KMC chains of the sort I prefer for about ten bucks apiece (less if you buy 5 at a time), I don't think I've actually cleaned a chain.
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Iíll add one thing. People donít think about what the wiping action does. Yes it removes some of the material on the outside of the chain but it also push stuff into the innards of the chain.
Stuart- Yes I completely agree. I said as much in another (of the many) chain cleaning threads a number of months ago. But I was kind of put down for being so blasphemous. Cleaning a chain with a rag is so often quoted AS the way, by so many including a lot of the LBS workers I have shared a paycheck with. In my view it's pretty obvious, I could never understand why others didn't see this too. Andy
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All you really need is a chain tool and some Q-tips and some solvent.

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Before the advent of Indexed shifters it was said that chains have the greatest number of parts for any one component. Andy
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