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Old 01-24-2008, 11:41 AM   #21
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ya; 450 for sprockets and chain recently means my chain will get cleaned and lubed alot more...
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:53 AM   #22
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I warm up my chain by riding it before I clean and wax it.

I use Kerosene also. It works wonders. I pour some in a spray bottle and spray the chain, then clean the chain with a shop towel and dry it after that I use Dupont Teflon Chain wax it is also a spray. I use newspaper between the tire and chain so that none get on the tire.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:17 AM   #23
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Sounds like a bunch of folks beat me to the reply. Good on ya for posting worth-while content there Dude.
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:51 AM   #24
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I do it just like your write up!!!

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What do you suggest for cleaning the chain?
Here is the picture of my results....

WD-40 will not harm a thing if you put it on a rag, clean your chain, and finish with chain lube, I've been doin this for 20 yrs!!!!!!
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:34 PM   #25
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Here is the picture of my results....

WD-40 will not harm a thing if you put it on a rag, clean your chain, and finish with chain lube, I've been doin this for 20 yrs!!!!!!
Interesting. Thats for your input buddy

I think I will save the WD-40 for cleaning the rims and go ahead and get me some chain cleaner and the grunge brush.

BTW what do you guys use to clean the wheels? WD-40? Brake Cleaner?
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Lantern fuel is NOT kerosene. It's a type of gasoline with no additives. People used to refer to it as white gas.

For chain cleaning, kerosene= good, lantern fuel not so much.

Lantern fuel is extremely flammable and could dry out the o-rings.

Kerosene is much less flammable and leaves a thin oily film behind.
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Interesting. Thats for your input buddy

I think I will save the WD-40 for cleaning the rims and go ahead and get me some chain cleaner and the grunge brush.

BTW what do you guys use to clean the wheels? WD-40? Brake Cleaner?
FYI.... wd40 makes o-rings swell. i use it to make old o-rings seat properly on fire extinguishers and fixed fire systems...bad for chains because of previously mentioned dry rot and swelled up orings tend to be damaged when the chain twists and tears them.
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:45 PM   #28
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i use a bit of degreaser and soap and water. sometimes i would use brake cleaner for just a quick clean.
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WD40 will make some o-rings swell. Since the o-rings in a chain are made for retaining a petroleum grease, it would seem like WD40 would do little if any harm.
Of course I'm not an expert but, I do know that there are o-rings that are chemical/oil resistant, and if I made MC chains thats what I would use.
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FYI.... wd40 makes o-rings swell. i use it to make old o-rings seat properly on fire extinguishers and fixed fire systems...bad for chains because of previously mentioned dry rot and swelled up orings tend to be damaged when the chain twists and tears them.
Thanks for your input as well. I am going to discontinue use of the WD-40 for chain cleaning and either convert to a brand name chain cleaner or Kerosene

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i use a bit of degreaser and soap and water. sometimes i would use brake cleaner for just a quick clean.
Haven't heard that. Thanks, I'll have to try it sometime. I've found that WD-40 cleans the wheels well but leaves a sticky film on the rims and will attract dirt rather quickly and easily. The brake cleaner seems to leave a much better and of course DRY(non-stick) finish on the wheel....
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WD-40, then the wash..

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Interesting. Thats for your input buddy

I think I will save the WD-40 for cleaning the rims and go ahead and get me some chain cleaner and the grunge brush.

BTW what do you guys use to clean the wheels? WD-40? Brake Cleaner?

If I don't do it this way my rag or whatever gets very dirt, soo I put wd40 on a rag, wipe the wheels then use a good carwash detergent, then dry and wax... My bike is usually very dirty, more into the Mechanics of the thing!!
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Ah hahahaha! My chain is clean! I will probably do it again just cause of this

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i got to do this before i go take my MSF im going to ride a little bit tomorrow and follow these steps and see how it goes over
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