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Old 03-10-15, 07:32 PM
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Cleanind and relubing chain

I purchased a White Lightning grunge brush, applied some degreaser to the bristles, and 'cleaned' the chain. Bike upside down and back pedaling quite a few times. I then applied Finish Line Dry Lube to the chain by squirting quite a bit on the chain on the cassette. I wiped excess off later on but noticed that the rag turned black. Does it mean the change is still incredibly dirty?

Also when can tell you truly tell that it is time to replace the chain?

I had the bike professionally tuned up last year. I also applied some lube a couple of times during the previous summer.

There are a lot of opinions on chain maintenance. Keep in mind that the bike is 9 years old and this is the original chain.
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Originally Posted by yashinon
I purchased a White Lightning grunge brush, applied some degreaser to the bristles, and 'cleaned' the chain. Bike upside down and back pedaling quite a few times. I then applied Finish Line Dry Lube to the chain by squirting quite a bit on the chain on the cassette. I wiped excess off later on but noticed that the rag turned black. Does it mean the change is still incredibly dirty?

Also when can tell you truly tell that it is time to replace the chain?

I had the bike professionally tuned up last year. I also applied some lube a couple of times during the previous summer.

There are a lot of opinions on chain maintenance. Keep in mind that the bike is 9 years old and this is the original chain.
If you have used this bike more than likely time to replace, I ride a Diamondback Insight and on average a chain will last me 1300-1400 miles I am not real heavy at 165 lbs, I use a chain checker tool that you can buy on-line or at a bike shop, Your LBS will have the tool and can check it for you. If you ride much at all at least learn to replace a chain, its easy to do as Sram and KMC chains come with easy to use quick -links
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As mentioned above, get a chain checker. You need a new chain anyways but it's best to check it from tome to time to prolong the life of cranks and cassette. As for cleaning, bottle shake is your best solution .
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Every few months, the chain comes off and gets degreased thoroughly. As mentioned above, an empty soda bottle works great

Save your old toohbrushes for cleaning chains and gears

Wipe down and lube after a big ride, not before it
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Has anyone here used WD-40 to clean their chain? I've used it in the past on my motorcycle chains and it worked fantastic. I've been using it on my bike chains as well with excellent results.
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I use a Filzer Chain cleaner model CC-2 with simple green. Purchased the cleaner off Amazon for around $20.00 Amazon.com : Filzer Chain Cleaner (CC-2) : Bike Cleaning Tools : Sports & Outdoors. I use it every 200-300 miles. Then use compressed air to remove any simple green. Lube each link with ProGold ProLink Chain Lube. Let it set in overnight and rub off any excess with a clean rag before use. I usually get 6000 to 7000 miles out of a chain. I use only KMC 10speed chains. I also check the chain for wear before cleaning using a Park Tool Chain Checker. Every second chain swap around 12 to 14k miles I replace the cassette with the chain. Ride around 10k/year.
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Originally Posted by Monstermash
Has anyone here used WD-40 to clean their chain? I've used it in the past on my motorcycle chains and it worked fantastic. I've been using it on my bike chains as well with excellent results.
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Don't use WD40

Originally Posted by Monstermash
Has anyone here used WD-40 to clean their chain? I've used it in the past on my motorcycle chains and it worked fantastic. I've been using it on my bike chains as well with excellent results.
I think the general consensus is NOT to use WD40. Some people also don't use degreasers but I think a little will not hurt.
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Originally Posted by yashinon
I think the general consensus is NOT to use WD40. Some people also don't use degreasers but I think a little will not hurt.
As a lube, no. As a cleaner its good, just a bit expensive
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