How To Clean Drivetrain

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  1. TrekGuy

    TrekGuy New Member

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    How do you clean your road bike drivetrain and how often do you do it.
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  2. xxamr_corpxx

    xxamr_corpxx New Member

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    Buy a chain cleaner. Less than $20 online. Use a solvent that won't kill you.

    I usually wash my chain when it looks like there's a bit of grit/dust on it, but I have only done this twice over a year and a half.
     
  3. sogood

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    People clean their chains b/n every 100km to never. Pick a reasonable number in between.
     
  4. djk202020

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    I will prob catch sh#t for this but I use brake cleaner. You can get it at auto parts stores. you dont even have to use a brush it just cleans everything off. Just remember to relube.
     
  5. capwater

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    Yup, toss some of that sh#t my way cuz I use a Gatorade bottle and gasoline. Unhook your FD, drop in yer chain and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Cheapest redneck chain cleaner on the market!
     
  6. Archibald

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    dude, that's what sram links are for - so you don't need to do that!
     
  7. alienator

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    Once a week, I spend 5-10 minutes putting Pro Link on my chain and then wiping off the excess. The application of Pro Link cleans the chain. Chain's happy, and I'm happy.
     
  8. sogood

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    So when do you actually clean the chain? :)
     
  9. domaindomain

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    barbieri chain cleaner and fluid

    takes about 90 seconds once every month or two, depends on weather conditions that I ride in
     
  10. capwater

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    When it's dirty. Not being a smartazz, but it's as simple as that.
     
  11. capwater

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    Yeah, I love the powerlink. Not every bike I own has one though.
     
  12. OoAmericanGirl

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    I clean maybe once every 200 mi, lube often. I found a cheap brush (for golf clubs) that really works for cleaning the casset and the cogs on the derailer (have no flippin clue the correct term). I finally broke down and bought a chain cleaner and I'm happy I did. My dad actually takes the chain off, puts in in a bottle of degreaser and shakes it around until it's clean :eek: . I keep telling him that he's going to pull out all of the factory lubing, but then again he only cleans his bike once a year:D .
     
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    Factory lubing? Is there really such a thing? Doesn't it get worn out or off anyway? I'm so confused.
     
  14. sogood

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    My earlier comment was specifically directed to Alienator's post. When does he actually do a full degrease clean of his chain? Unless capwater is another ID of Alienator?
     
  15. alienator

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    I do it when it's way dirty, which almost never happens. My Pro Link tx keeps the chain clean and oiled. It easily passes a close visual inspection. Many people "clean" their chains this way, and just as many people are getting very long lives out of their chains. Note that when I do my Pro Link tx, the chain ends up dripping Pro Link a bit; then the cranks get turned for a while; and finally the chain is wiped down to remove excess. Presto chango: clean, oiled chain.
     
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    Very interesting approach and ProLink sounded like an interesting product.
     
  17. artemidorus

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    Every time you clean your chain with solvent, or apply any oil, you are washing out the factory grease. Many people get rid of it before even fitting a new chain. Whatever you do, it'd all be gone within a few months. No matter, that's what you're oiling it for.
     
  18. artemidorus

    artemidorus New Member

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    I used a similar product, called "Krytech", which is a "dry" teflon-containing lubricant. I don't recall ever having to clean the chain while using it. I've since switched to Prolink (Cheeky Transport in Newtown stock it).
    Given that I can buy a DA/XTR chain on ebay for A$45-55, it just isn't worth my time to haul the chain off, shake it in a bottle, wash it under the tap, bake it in the oven, refit the chain and then spend 10 minutes washing my hands and wiping the floor. It's not even a given that doing all this extends chain life when you're using a "dry" lubricant.
     
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    Thanks for the pointer on a local stockist. I'll give it a go when my present spray-on stuff runs out.
     
  20. garyj

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    I use mineral spirits (kerosene/diesel fuel) and a paintbrush to clean the chain and sprockets. First, I use a plastic container (like a large CoolWhip container) about 1/3 full. The chain at the rear derailleur can be submersed into the liquid and spun backwards. This takes all the grime off the chain. Then I coat the chain with White Lightening. I do this usually after one to three rides, depending on how much grime is on the chain. About every third time I use a spray cleaner/conditioner before the wax lube.
     
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