Cleaning your bike chain

Bakari45

New Member
I’m not sure if video embeds can be done on this site, but I thought I share a 1 minute video took of my bike chain being cleaned. The maintenance guy (Trek bike shop) did a great job of explaining it. He said based on my much you ride you bike, to clean the chains like every 3 to 4 weeks.



Unfortunately I have to take my back again to the shop in order to get a new tube for the back tire. It was my first tire puncture since I started riding the back a month ago. Maybe I can record how he takes off the back tire and replaces the tube, because I have no idea how to do it.
 

Bakari45

New Member
I don't clean my chain, unless I get string or johnson grass tangled in it.
I get ~5000 miles per chain. I do lube it biweekly, with 5W non-detergent oil.

So is the maintenance guy in my video lubing the chain? I’m not sure what the difference is.
 

Gionnirocket

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USA
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Y. O.
I concur

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BCBeaver

New Member
In the shop I work at when I get an especially gross chain (often) I take it off and throw it in the ultrasonic cleaner for 5 minutes. It comes out clean as new. A little tri-flow on it and it's good to go.
 

dmays

New Member
Park, Makes a good chain cleaner and the best chain lube, in my opinion is white lightning it uses a carrier that dissipates and leaves the lube dry on the chain
 

Sierratim

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USA
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Nevada City, CA & Paradise Valley, AZ
Chain maintenance and lube become almost a religion supporting very long threads. To add to this one, there have been a number of tests trying to identify the best lube.

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This data was published by cyclingtips.com in 2018. Posts on other threads support their findings re Squirt and Rock-n-Roll lubes.

Haven't seen any data that includes 5W oil, ATF, etc, but others swear by these 'alternative' lubes. I'm using Finish Line Dry now but will probably change to whatever is on sale when this runs out...

Ride On!
 

fooferdoggie

Well-Known Member
as long as the lube lasts a week (without rain) and keeps the chain clean thats all I care about. rock and roll does that I have to use the blue stuff in winter. but no gunk buildup
 

FlatSix911

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USA
City
Silicon Valley
Chain maintenance and lube become almost a religion supporting very long threads. To add to this one, there have been a number of tests trying to identify the best lube.

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This data was published by cyclingtips.com in 2018. Posts on other threads support their findings re Squirt and Rock-n-Roll lubes.

Haven't seen any data that includes 5W oil, ATF, etc, but others swear by these 'alternative' lubes. I'm using Finish Line Dry now but will probably change to whatever is on sale when this runs out...

Ride On!

I love that this test included
Mobil-1, Vaseline, and good old 3-in-1 Oil... gotta give em credit for trying everything. 😉

I use Squirt wax and Muc Off Ceramic dry lube depending on conditions... YMMV.
 

Gionnirocket

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USA
City
Y. O.
If we rode in a laboratory I could say that these test have some validity... but since we don't I say they are boooolshit perpetuated by the guberment.
IMO the devil is contamination... so the best solution is cheap, easy and often and not how long it last or how few watts burned in a lab.
Wipe it down, Flush it with new oil, Repeat.
 

Lightning P38

Active Member
In the shop I work at when I get an especially gross chain (often) I take it off and throw it in the ultrasonic cleaner for 5 minutes. It comes out clean as new. A little tri-flow on it and it's good to go.
Yes, the best way to clean chain is to remove it, and have a shop clean it for you. I lube my chain when I can hear it is dry, and then wipe off the excess. If you have a shop lube your chain, be sure to wipe the extra lube off, as it gets your wheel greasy and attracts dirt.