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View Results: How do you clean your chain?
Leave it on the bike 76 87.36%
Remove it from the bike 2 2.30%
I ride an expensive import and let the mechanic clean it while I ask for Grey Poupon 9 10.34%
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:54 AM   #16
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We are supposed to clean these things??

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:02 AM   #17
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Spray a rag with some WD40, lift the rear wheel and spin the chain through the rag. I don't spray WD 40 directly on the chain.
For a really dirty chain covered in lots of road grime and old chain lube I may go a step further and use some simple green and a brush then hose the chain off.
My bike equipped with a Scott Oiler, almost never needs the chain cleaned.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #18
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How do you clean your chain?

1. Leave it on the bike.
2. Remove it from the bike.
3. Never. I let the mechanic do it.
I would like to see one more option. Mechanics do it occasionally with the pressure washer. Which I don't approve.

4. Never, but the mechanics do it without consent. So does a rain and river crossings.


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We are supposed to clean these things??

No, we are not. I only lube the chain when it's new or after a rain. Just to prevent rust. No need to clean it.

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Nowadays, I spray it with lube when I fill the tank (center stands rock) and ride the thing. Chains always still last longer than advertised.
I would like to hear how long your well oiled chains last? I typically change the chain after 2-3 rear sprockets. Usually at the same time with the front sprocket.
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Old 07-12-2013, 04:34 PM   #19
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I run O-ring or X-ring chains and they don't need to be cleaned.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:18 PM   #20
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Cleaning

Tools: stick + Rag and/or brush
Material: Kero or diesel (if kero not available, e.g. on a trip)


Use stick to remove gunk from sprockets + chain .. the big bits.
Use rag/brush + kero to wash dirt off chain/sprockets.

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The next question is lube?

For wet weather (raining/mud): oil - chain lube or gear box oil if not available

For sand/dust ... a wax type lube .. or nothing .. grit + oil = grinding paste.

For road riding - either of the above.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:16 PM   #21
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We are supposed to clean these things??

Not really, but it is like yourself ... one can probably still be ok with only one bath a year

Call it waste of time or wathever .. but I like my bike clean such as my body, my firearms, my car, my house, my dog and so on

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Old 07-12-2013, 09:24 PM   #22
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Really? Even if you use that super sticky synthetic stuff? I have been using the synthetic lube and it seams to be collecting a lot of sand and grit. Will the my Wee o-ring chain still be ok?
I don't lube them either. The lube is on the inside. I do spray Teflon Chain lube on about every 300-500 miles for the chain to sprocket contact... Other than that leave them alone and they last longer and are WAY less messy.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:01 AM   #23
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Not many choices in the poll. How about for example I don't (with no additional garbage about having someone else do it). Or maybe I don't, I let my chain oiler deal with it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:02 AM   #24
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Not really, but it is like yourself ... one can probably still be ok with only one bath a year
Whether I need it or not?
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:36 AM   #25
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I normally lube with Wax or silicone. but to clean I use spin off lube (the type for dirt bikes) and run a few hot miles on the highway. When i get back the thin shines like a diamond in a goats ass. A quick wipe down with a rag and back to the wax.

I do tho use the carwash pressure washer to get the spun-off lube from my shock, fender and roller plate.

BTW.. I have wasted a chain with a Pressure washer.. but i was being overly stupid with it on a cheap o ring chain.. It put a "bind"-section in the chain that was so bad the tire almost locked up when it got to the front sprocket.. I thought it was a wheel bearing .

I sprayed so close that it split a section of 4-5 o-rings and then let it sit wet for a week before i lubed /rode again.
I still have the piece of chain on my wall as a reminder.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:28 AM   #26
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On a warm chain rght after riding:

Spray on Maxima chain wax on the section of exposed chain, then scrub/wipe off excess with a rag. Rotate rear wheel to move chain to new section, then rinse and repeat. I never really "clean" the chain; the wipe down with the rag pulls off most of the worse mess. Then I won't ride the bike until the wax has had several hours to set up.

I got 22K out of my last chain with this method, and the chain could have gone longer. I only replaced it because it was getting noisy and starting to vibrate more -- it wasn't stretched to the limit and it had no stiff links.
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:29 AM   #27
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Hi all ! We never clean our chains because they never get dirty . We are in the dry lube camp . Those sticky commercial chain lubes just collect dirt and make a nice grinding paste for your chain . We put brand new chains and sprockets on both our 450's about a year ago . We have adjusted the chains only once and that was only 2 points ( a third of one turn) .
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:38 AM   #28
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I never clean my chain. It's on the inside.











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Old 07-17-2013, 03:50 AM   #29
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Wipe the dirt off now and then with a paper towel.

Chain oiler, any dirt isn't hanging on that hard so a wipe does it.

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Old 07-17-2013, 05:50 AM   #30
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Clean occasionally with kerosene on a rag. Mostly lube with my last can of DuPont teflon dry lube using a Grease Ninja to ensure the lube goes where I want it to go:
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