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Old 6th December 2018, 04:20 PM
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Default Cleaning a chain

Lads,
I always stick my bike up on the stand and give her a few revs while holding a rag up again the chain.
Is there a better way to do it?
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Old 6th December 2018, 04:30 PM
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Any other way than that. Prepared to loose some fingers if you keep that up. Not a pretty sight.
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Old 6th December 2018, 04:45 PM
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Go to YouTube, type the words 'Chain Thumb' into the search box and watch the first video in the results. Or don't if you're squeamish.

Only ever rotate the chain by hand. Or else you'll end up having your hand rotated by the chain.
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Old 6th December 2018, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Boots2008 View Post
Go to YouTube, type the words 'Chain Thumb' into the search box and watch the first video in the results. Or don't if you're squeamish.

Only ever rotate the chain by hand. Or else you'll end up having your hand rotated by the chain.

Just watched it, he'd fool a fair few people with that hanging out the zipper of his pants... Sorry I'm dirty minded.
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Old 6th December 2018, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by livefastrideslow View Post
Lads,
I always stick my bike up on the stand and give her a few revs while holding a rag up again the chain.
Is there a better way to do it?
Count your fingers before you start. Drive chain and sprocket makes
a very efficient finger chopping machine.

FWIW, I have never cleaned any of my bike chains. Lube with
gear oil once a week (or every tank of fuel) and wipe off surplus
oil using a clean cloth. My current chain is at 18,100 miles and still
has life left in it.
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Old 6th December 2018, 05:24 PM
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For the love of fuck, dont do that...

Get some chain cleaner or even brake cleaner works very well, with a rag. If you want to avoid the rag, get whats called a Grunge brush, 3 sided brush that works well for cleaning a chain, I use them.
Also, look at getting a scottoiler, handy piece of kit to have if you do serious mileage like I do, over 1,000km a week on the bike, just top up the scottoiler whenever its low and it oils the chain as you go
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Old 6th December 2018, 05:41 PM
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if its very mank a drop of kerosene will clean it easy enough but as has been said, lube is more important than cleaning, i clean mine maybe once or twice a year but lube very regularly, i also have a scotoilerr on my winter hack, great piece of kit but can be fair messy alright.
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Old 6th December 2018, 06:04 PM
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I use one of these. Its mega overkill and still messy as fook but its a good clean.

https://www.louis.ie/artikel/kettenm...evice/10003114
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Old 6th December 2018, 06:30 PM
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don't fucking do that.....
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Old 6th December 2018, 06:33 PM
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In case not already mentioned.....
Don't do that !!
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Old 6th December 2018, 07:14 PM
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Ffs
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Old 6th December 2018, 08:16 PM
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Riding will be interesting without fingers.
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Old 6th December 2018, 08:21 PM
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How many fingers do ya think yer holding up?
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Old 7th December 2018, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by livefastrideslow View Post
Lads,
I always stick my bike up on the stand and give her a few revs while holding a rag up again the chain.
Is there a better way to do it?
Cringing just reading this

My youngfella a couple of weeks ago decides to clean his chain by putting his bike up on centre stand and sticking it into first gear. Holds my chain cleaning brush up against it that gets whipped out of his hand and sprocket snaps it in half

I lashed him out of it thank f**k he didn't hold a rag against it.

Anyway alls it cost him was a good lesson and a new chain brush for me
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Old 7th December 2018, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by livefastrideslow View Post
Lads,
I always stick my bike up on the stand and give her a few revs while holding a rag up again the chain.
Is there a better way to do it?
Get a mate to hold the throttle wide open - it will get the job done even quicker
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Old 7th December 2018, 11:13 AM
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^ ffs
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Old 7th December 2018, 11:18 AM
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Yeah, seriously though, don't do it again!

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Old 7th December 2018, 11:20 AM
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Try a chain brush maybe?

5 fingers is way too many for a hand anyways...
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Old 7th December 2018, 11:42 AM
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Default Re: Cleaning a chain

Originally Posted by CodeJACK View Post
I use one of these. Its mega overkill and still messy as fook but its a good clean.

https://www.louis.ie/artikel/kettenm...evice/10003114
tell me more about this thing. is it practical?
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Old 7th December 2018, 12:20 PM
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I'm hoping he's talking about clutch drag spinning the wheel in neutral...
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