Re: How to remove Rust from ChainOn Mon, 26 Apr 2004 21:07:25 +0100, "Just zis Guy, you know?"
>On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 20:04:30 GMT, "evsolutions"
><email@example.com> wrote in message
>>Am too cheap to buy a new chain and wondered if anyone had a fast-easy-cheap
>>way to remove rust from a bike chain. I need to do a 40 mile hike Tuesday
>>and the chain is totally creamed in rust/
>Assuming it hasn't already, riding on that chain will ruin the
>sprockets as well.
Perhaps. Most rust I've had on my chains was on the outside of the
links and of no interest at all. Run it throught an oiled cloth for
appearance purposes and it cleans up well enough. The interior running
of the chain seems to hold up better (at least from road riding - all
of this assumes road) than people give them credit.
I'm guessing that it would take a pretty eroded chain to damage the
cogs from rust alone and it would be fun to see if the chain
disentegrates before the cogs are damaged. Stretched chain with the
chain climbing up the cogs might not be a great thing though.
I'd run the chain through a completely saturated oiled cloth, but not
dripping, just to see how it cleaned up. If it cleans up and the
bushings seem to be free, I'd ride. If the rust is deep and the metal
corroded, I'd think seriously about whether I wanted to walk back 20
miles from the ride.
Curtis L. Russell
Odenton, MD (USA)
Just someone on two wheels...