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Interesting. I think I may give the Simple Green a try!

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Goop (non pumice) works great. Use with a grunge brush to clean rinse with water then i let it air dry for awhile then spray with WD-40 to dissipate any remaining water then lube....

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I love how he demonstrated the danger of using WD40, then contradicted himself twice.

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The only thing cleaning does is make the outer plates shiny.
Don't clean, just relube and wipe with a rag while sstill tender.
My chains went 50% longer like that, and I no longer see pink dust (rust).
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I got a 'kick' out of his description of the balloons as being 'rubber' - I always thought that balloons were plastic or elastic...?
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Latex. I know because I'm allergic. Which, by the way, if not as much fun as you may have heard.
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Great video as always from FortNine. I have gone to spraying my warm chain after a ride with my lube of choice, chain wax spray. I wash occasionally with Kerosene, works for me.
BTW I use a purpose made chain wax on my bicycle. I am the only one in my group that does not wear out chains. Maybe something to this?
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Use a heat gun on mild setting warm up the chain and spray with chain cleaner quick and easy. Lube with Kawasaki all purpose grease and never need to do again till 1000 miles.
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I did not like the wax lube, forget the brand but it was a premium brand $$, left a residue on the swing arm that is very hard to remove, and I had tight spots in the chain prematurely. I am currently using dupont chain lube with teflon. The carrier dries quickly so very little drip off and there is very little dirt adhering to the chain. I lube the chain every 200 -300 miles (in the habit of doing it before I head out on a ride) and clean with Kerosene occasionally. You can get Dupont chain lube at waly world for $7 a can. Works for me
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I use citrus cleaner to clean and it smells good. Wonder why Ryan didn't use one?

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👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 For DuPont. Works great on my FZ 6. 45,000 miles and still on original chain and sprockets. No obvious signs of wear!
Of course that me be cos I donít thrash it in any gear 😄.

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Wise words from my old man when it comes to cleaning your chain: don't overdo it!
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I committed THE cardinal sin of chain cleaning yesterday.

I'm my own defense, I had to get it done in under 5 minutes due to the weather forecast and my crazy work schedule.

But, yeah... I cleaned it with brake cleaner. Wiped it down, let it dry, applied a fresh layer of chain wax.

This off and on rain has been pretty annoying. Can't keep that chain clean to save my life. Like it's dirt neodymium.
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I committed THE cardinal sin of chain cleaning yesterday. .... I cleaned it with brake cleaner....
IMHO - much BETTER to leave it dirty rather than putting brake-cleaner ON.

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I'd been doing just that, but kept feeling that gritty clicking of the chain not straightening smoothly off of the front sprocket at low speed when cold.

Oh, and I failed to mention the wife induced desperation part... I like to leave my commonly used tools and chemicals, you know... where I use them most often.

She doesn't like cans of chemicals in front of the house, so she has the kids "put them away" at random times.

"Put them away" evidently doesn't mean the same thing each time, either.
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