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Old 02-11-19, 12:40 PM
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There is simply not enough rust there to bother with any removal. If there were, you would want to scrap the chain. Most comments seem to be coming from desert dwellers who have never seen rust. Every chain around here looks like that or worse, a little oil brings them back with no fuss. (This chain is not presently suitable for compulsive waxing, though it could be after riding it a while with oil.)
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What happens if you break a chain on a recumbent? I'd think you'd just spin your legs around and look a little dumber than normal for a second.
If you look at an Easy Racer recumbent, you'll see there's an idler on the bottom run of the chain, halfway between the derailleur and crank. It's there because the chain came off of the original prototype and dragged under the rear wheel, causing a crash. On the OP's TerraTrike this is less of a problem but still possible.
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If you look at an Easy Racer recumbent, you'll see there's an idler on the bottom run of the chain, halfway between the derailleur and crank. It's there because the chain came off of the original prototype and dragged under the rear wheel, causing a crash. On the OP's TerraTrike this is less of a problem but still possible.
I was going to make some joke about recumbents crashing. Then I kind of hemmed, and thought that's really not that nice. I mean, it's not automatically funny when something low to the ground tips over. Someone could get hurt, even if it's not far to fall. Then I looked on YouTube for recumbent crashes. I'm sorry, but every one made me laugh.

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The variety of opinions on here has been enjoyable! What I did was 1, buy the trike, 2, find KMC chains were $7 on Amazon as an "add on," 3, bought three of them and a jar of elbow grease to get over the "add on" price threshold. Maybe 4, I'll play with some of the ideas here with the old chain. I was going to try wax anyhow. On the chain, I mean.

The Terra Trike does have an idler to hold up the chain. With this SGS Shadow derailleur at its lowest, the pulley is nearly scraping the ground.

I'll post in my thread in the recumbent forum about the trike once I've ridden it a bit. So far with its rusty chain I've only raced it a block to the park with my kid on his 16er, and that was fun.
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The variety of opinions on here has been enjoyable! What I did was 1, buy the trike, 2, find KMC chains were $7 on Amazon as an "add on," 3, bought three of them and a jar of elbow grease to get over the "add on" price threshold. Maybe 4, I'll play with some of the ideas here with the old chain. I was going to try wax anyhow. On the chain, I mean.

The Terra Trike does have an idler to hold up the chain. With this SGS Shadow derailleur at its lowest, the pulley is nearly scraping the ground.

I'll post in my thread in the recumbent forum about the trike once I've ridden it a bit. So far with its rusty chain I've only raced it a block to the park with my kid on his 16er, and that was fun.
So, who won the race?
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Keep a chain breaker and a master link on hand. Ride. If it breaks, mend the chain and ride some more.
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I was going to make some joke about recumbents crashing. Then I kind of hemmed, and thought that's really not that nice. I mean, it's not automatically funny when something low to the ground tips over. Someone could get hurt, even if it's not far to fall. Then I looked on YouTube for recumbent crashes. I'm sorry, but every one made me laugh.

https://youtu.be/iyfxio8qSOU?t=104
Oh, heck... my wife and I were out riding one day when we crossed a street that had been flooded with mud then drained. We hit the patch of mud and our wheels slid out in unison. We just sat there laughing at each other.

A number of my recumbent-riding friends have gone down at various speeds. I think the worst injury has been skinned buttocks. Painful but it's easier to deal with than a broken collarbone.
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