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It's been asked a million times but what's a good degreaser, main for chain.

Old 08-14-15, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by martslc View Post
It's been asked a million times but what's a good degreaser, main for chain.

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Yes it has been asked a million + times and you still get a million + answer's. :-)
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Originally Posted by series1811 View Post
I actually didn't recommend the boiling water part, I missed that part of cydewaze's post when I quoted him. You are correct. Boiling or near boiling water in a sealed container will pressurize and is dangerous. I use 50/50 room temperature water and simple green in a sealed gatorade container, then follow up with alcohol. Works like a champ.
I probably should have added the disclaimer, "Don't try this if you've got no common sense".

I use boiling water, but I don't shake the container while it's still hot, even though the presence of both the chain/cassette and the added degreaser quickly reduces the temperature. I shake it after it's been sitting several minutes, once the heat and degreaser have had time to dissolve the muck.

I've been doing this for thirty years and have yet to have a problem. I do know a few people who have gotten spray degreaser in their eyes though. I guess pretty much anything can be dangerous.
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Originally Posted by cydewaze View Post
I've been doing this for thirty years and have yet to have a problem. I do know a few people who have gotten spray degreaser in their eyes though. I guess pretty much anything can be dangerous.
So true. As a moron, I found this article extremely helpful-

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I guess I'm in the minority here, but I use the $$$ park chainbrite stuff with a finish line chain machine and works great in my apartment, and doesn't p**s off my neat-freak GF
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Originally Posted by MagicHour View Post
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I use the $$$ park chainbrite stuff with a finish line chain machine and works great in my apartment, and doesn't p**s off my neat-freak GF
I had a Vetta chain cleaning machine many years ago, like in the early '90s, and it wasn't very good. I should probably try a new one to see if they're better now, because it would be nice to have a tidier, faster option than those I have now (i.e. aerosol spray for outside, soapy rag for inside).
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
I had a Vetta chain cleaning machine many years ago, like in the early '90s, and it wasn't very good. I should probably try a new one to see if they're better now, because it would be nice to have a tidier, faster option than those I have now (i.e. aerosol spray for outside, soapy rag for inside).
Especially if you use a master link to fasten your chain, I just don't see the point of not taking it off the bike to clean it. Not arguing with you, just trying to save you some money and disappointment. Aside from the misguided recommendations to use gasoline or boiling water here, the basic method of shaking the chain with solvent in a plastic bottle really works well. An old toothbrush catches anything that might have been missed. Too easy to bother making more complicated.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
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Chains? Kerosene.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Much better. Water soluble degreasers like the Park stuff are a poor compromise compared to hydrocarbon solvents. The only appeal of a water soluble degreaser is...well, uh, its water solubility, lack of flammability, and low toxicity. Odorless mineral spirits with the aid of an old toothbrush will rapidly and completely dissolve all the oil and grease on your chain, inside and out. If you have the time, hang the wet and clean chain in a warm place, like in the sun or a warm garage for a few hours for it to dry. The lube and you are done.
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Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
Chains? Kerosene.
Kerosene, like gasoline, is significantly more flammable than mineral spirits which makes it less desirable on safety grounds. Think of it this way: if it is primarily a fuel, it is likely too flammable to be used safely as a cleaner. If you want to insert, "by morons" here, that's fine with me.
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