Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I get asked how to clean a chain pretty often. It is very easy to do and it only takes a couple of tools to do it.
First you need a bucket, a couple of different size brushes, degreaser( i prefer finish line citrus degreaser) and Simple Green. If your chain is super dirty, spray a little citrus degreaser on it, but do not let it sit for more than a minute or so as it can affect the finish on some paints. With the citrus still on it use a brush and scrub the chain on both sides to break loose the dirt and oil. Once it looks reasonably clean rinse it off with a hose. Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the bucket and pour a little Simple Green in. Use your brush with the Simple Green mixture and finish cleaning your chain. Make sure to rinse this off one more time very thoroughly. Once your chain has dried you can relube the chain. If you do this every couple of weeks it should only take a couple of minutes and your chain and the rest of your drivetrain will last much longer.

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