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Old 03-13-06, 11:41 AM
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drying casset/chain

does anyone know a good way to dry the casset and chain after cleaning them? I thought maybe compressed air, but I don't have a compressor.
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Old 03-13-06, 11:49 AM
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Wipe off excess water with a rag and let them air dry works well. A hair dryer will help if you want to go to the trouble. A 250 deg oven will heat the water past the boiling point and dry the chain out in about an hour - maybe less. Don't put plastic cassette spacers in the oven! Lubricant will tend to displace water as well.
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Old 03-13-06, 12:06 PM
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Lube up the chain and then go for a ride. Spin like crazy, come home, re-lube and wipe down with a rag.

That's how I do it.
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Old 03-13-06, 01:10 PM
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good answers so far.
If you use a petro based cleaning method, hang dry and it'll evaporate. Lube.
If you use a water based cleaner, you can give a final rinse in boiling water. The residue evaporates almost instantly. Lube right away to displace any moisture in the links/pins.
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Old 03-13-06, 04:22 PM
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Wipe off excess water? What are you doing cleaning a chain with water? Citrus degreaser is even worse, being as it's acidic. Brakleen is the stuff. Cleans great, nowater or acid, and it evaporates away. Spray a 1x3" strip on a utility towel and run the chain through it (spinning it on the bike) it doesn't take much brakleen. Repeat 3 times and then clean between the links with ream 'n' kleen pipe cleaners. Once again with the towel and brakleen & you are done. Less than 10 minutes, even on my 'bent. The chain stays on the bike so its easy. However, Y'all mudrunners can forget it.
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Old 03-14-06, 06:22 AM
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I remember reading somewhere that one guy spun his chain around and around, like a cowboy twirling a lasso, to dry it. I expect he took the chain off the bike first.
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Old 03-14-06, 07:01 AM
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Wd-40 is a good water displacer (not a good lube), also evaporates pretty quick. Then Lube it with your favorite recipe.
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I stick it in the parts washer, rise it out with water, dry it off with a rag as good as I can, put it on the bike, lube it, wipe it, and ride. A little water left won't hurt anything, just keep it lubed up.
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Old 03-14-06, 08:12 AM
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My favorite method for cleaning a chain is to use a widemouth Poweraid bottle filled halfway with mineral spirits (paint thinner). Since I use a SRAM powerlink, removing the chain is a snap. I then drop it in the bottle, put the cap on and shake it. After it sits for a while, I shake it some more and fish it out with a coathanger. After pulling the chain through a shop rag, the remaining mineral spirits evaporate quickly and I'm ready to install and lube.

To prepare the solution for the next use, I pour it through a coffee filter into another bottle and discard the old bottle.

For the cassette, I use brake cleaner. John
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Old 03-14-06, 12:54 PM
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Don't tell my girlfriend I did this.. but one time, in order to dry my solvent filled chain in a hurry, I just coiled it up on a stove element. Turned it on high for 3 minutes (with the fan going, and the doors open), and that was it.
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