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cleaning chain

I have a long sandy / rocky drive way and have noticed that sand is sticking to the chain. what is the best way to clean & what oil should I use?

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If it were me, I'd clean it one time really well with WD-40 and a rag, get the rear wheel off the ground if you can and run the WD/rag through the chain until its clean. Let it dry then spray it with Dupont Teflon lube. When its dry (about 10min tops), nothing seems to stick to it. I haven't got a long sandy drive, but been on some very dusty logging/forest roads for over 100miles at a time and it stayed just fine.

Then lube it on a very regular basis, I do mine every 300miles or so and have over 20k miles on the chain and sprockets.

BTW, once I got mine clean, I've never cleaned it again, just add more Dupont stuff. BTW, only place I have found you can get this stuff is at Lowes hardware store, typically at a display by the checkout stands, not wit the other lubes.


Do a search on this forum, you'll come up with a load of different opinions, this happens to work well for me.

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+1 on the blue stuff. I found mine @ Lowes. Home Depot didn't carry around here it at the time.



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Thanks for the information. I'll get right on it.
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+1 on the blue stuff. I found mine @ Lowes. Home Depot didn't carry around here it at the time.
Got mine at Lowes also. Best I've ever used and wayyyyy cheap compared to the motorcycle name brands.

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+1 lowes teflon superduperluber
It took me quite a while to find it. It was over with the tools and machining stuff, not with the outdoor stuff or WD40 or anything.
They have 3 different varieties with different base liquids, I use the one pictured.
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+1 one more...it seems to clean the chain pretty well when you apply it to the chain.

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+1 on the dupont at lowes
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I started using the Dupont blue about a month ago, and it works great! Nothing sticks to it, and does not sling all over back wheel.
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Thanks again for the tips. I'll ride over today to lowes and find this.
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Dupont now makes that lube for MC chains. Here's the link. http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/motor...n-chain-saver/
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How much is the right amount of the dupont stuff on the chain?
I did exactly what Machog does, and the WD cleaned it so well. I just need to know if the amount I sprayed over the chain is enough... I did two full circle of the chain. Thank you!
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what are you all doing to catch overspray and WD getting everywhere?
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what are you all doing to catch overspray and WD getting everywhere?
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/chain-drain/
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I believe that is the over done answer to the question that we all solved with cardboard.

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I believe that is the over done answer to the question that we all solved with cardboard.

Pretty much what I was thinking...





But hey, to each his own...






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I believe that is the over done answer to the question that we all solved with cardboard.
cardboard is what I've been using...so I'm glad to hear that's the typical way to do it. I'll stick with it. God knows we seem to generate enough extra of it at my house....
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Im using a wax based chain lube also, to clean mine I just warm a section of chain with a hair dryer (to soften the wax) then wipe it with a rag, works great.

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Hold the phone, I bought a Chain Drain from the guys that make it at a bike meet. I've used cardboard and plastic trash barrel lids. (my fave) Since I bought the Chain Drain I can't wait to lube my chain. It was the best 30 or 35 bucks I ever spent. A little extravagant I'll admit but the right tool for the right job.
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I believe that is the over done answer to the question that we all solved with cardboard.
I use the cardboard (Cheerios big box works great!) propped up between the chain and wheel and also hold a folded up paper towel behind the chain as I spray. After making a couple of rounds, I spin the wheel and let the chain slide through the soaked towels. That cleans what little grunge might be on the chain, but since I started using the DuPont lube, there usually isn't anything there. That stuff is amazing!
I'm thinking about trying the DuPont on my bicycles too. I don't know how it works on non-sealed chains, but since hardly anything sticks to it, it should be pretty good.


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