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Old 11-14-22, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Vinnems View Post
For the chain, I take it off and throw it in the ultrasonic cleaner with acetone. Simple green works good too, but I find it takes the luster off some chains and takes a few washes to get fully clean. Acetone works faster.
Everything else, I like the citrus cleaners because they're cheaper, smell good, and doesn't dry my hands out. I take the back wheel off and spray the cassette and use a stiff paint brush to get the muck off it. The rest of the bike, I spray it on a rag and wipe off things as needed.
I would caution that unless it's an explosion-rated ultrasonic cleaner (not all that common), if you use a flammable solution (like your acetone), you should put the solution (and item to be cleaned) in a sealed container (we use glass containers with screw lids) and use a water bath in the cleaner. The ultrasonic waves will travel through the glass.
Most ultrasonic cleaners (especially homeowner-types) are not explosion-proof.
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Old 11-14-22, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by KC007 View Post
intend to clean a bunch of oil, dirt and crud out of my Sachs Aris Freewheel on a Mountain Bike...
Why not overhaul the freewheel? It's super easy. Leave it on the hub and use a hammer and punch on the lock ring. It's likely reverse threaded. After it's removed, you can take the cog cluster off the body of the freewheel, remove all the bearings, clean everything, and then repack with fresh grease. Use WD-40 on the cluster of cogs only.
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Old 11-14-22, 05:21 PM
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Old 11-15-22, 09:54 AM
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Yes, you were. You went off half cocked and tried to cow me.
I was stating fact. Yours was opinion.
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Old 11-15-22, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by KC007 View Post
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I intend to clean a bunch of oil, dirt and crud out of my Sachs Aris Freewheel on a Mountain Bike that I own. Will a new bottle of mineral spirits do the job or do I need to go with a more expensive product like WD-40 Bike Degreaser? Please help!
Kerosene or diesel also work well. I usually scrape off the worst of the crud with a small screwdriver that can get into the corners. A wire brush is also good for pre-cleaning on components that it won't damage. A stiff nylon brush helps the solvent to shift dried-on muck. When I clean a chain or cassette this way I usually finish with dish soap and rinse with very hot water, followed by drying on a radiator or stove; this can shift the last of the fine grit and leaves a clean surface for adding lubricant. When you're done leave the solvent to sit in a closed jar and most of the crud will settle out so you can use it again (or filter with a coffee filter).
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Old 11-16-22, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by KC007 View Post
Hello Forum Members:

I intend to clean a bunch of oil, dirt and crud out of my Sachs Aris Freewheel on a Mountain Bike that I own. Will a new bottle of mineral spirits do the job or do I need to go with a more expensive product like WD-40 Bike Degreaser? Please help!
Drop the freewheel in a jar with Odorless Mineral Spirits, let soak and take it out several times and give it a few good spins to dislodge the gunk. Save the dirty OMS as the gunk will settle to the bottom of the jar and can be re-used over and over again making it less expensive and less toxic waste.
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