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Fast, cheap 'n dirty chain cleaner

Hi all,

Inspired by the commercial chain cleaners, I made this in 20 minutes with a few bits 'n bobs... Namely a cheap plastic brush, a take-away plastic box and the top from a detergent bottle... ... Tools: A hot glue gun and a mini drill with plastic cutting disk.



The small hole in the box cover is to spray cleaning oil in there while cleaning. I used WD40.

Notice the gap between the brushes (about 1cm?)... I think that I if hadn't left that gap, it would clean better between the chain rollers... Next time...

This is so fast and cheap to make, that I don't know if I feel like cleaning that mess... ... It's an use-n-throw-away cleaner!!

And that's it... Fast, cheap 'n dirty, but it works!!... No more dirt/oil sprinkled all over the bike and the garage floor.

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Thanks, guys!! ... Always looking for cheaper ways to do things... Deep economical crisis is among us, here in Portugal.

I think it's obvious, but... The bike is jacked up in the rear stand... Holding the box against the muffler (10th picture) was the best position I found to have one free hand to rotate the real wheel.

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Your method looks great but have you tried using a pickle?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/chain-pickle/

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Your method looks great but have you tried using a pickle?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/chain-pickle/


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With my V on a rear stand I just hold a piece of cardboard (roughly 18" x 12") between the chain and muffler, then spray maybe 8" of lower-run of chain from w/ WD40, rotate the wheel for the NEXT 8"..., and repeat till it's all wet. Then I spin the wheel HARD three times w/ my foot to get the WD40 thru the whole chain, then get down on my knees w/ an old sock over my hand, and wipe the excess off.

This way is REALLY cheap.... (Tho' you DO need to wash-up after.)


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http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/chain-pickle/
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Did you notice the published date of that article....Published Date: April 1, 2011
That's the organic method!!...

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Your method looks great but have you tried using a pickle?

http://www.webbikeworld.com/t2/chain-pickle/
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That is awesome! Dang, there are some creative dudes and dudettes on this board!
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Brilliant idea, thanks for sharing!

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Thanks guys ... You're welcome.

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Wow !!!

This is great !



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Love that the mess is all contained.
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Ok, I liked it so much I ran out to the dollar store and for $2.15 USD I bought a brush and (3) containers. I made one similar to yours but I found out a couple things. Next time I will get a stiffer brush. The stiffer the better. I had an issue with the WD40 dripping out the chain slots. I was thinking of gluing in some sponge on each side of the slot to catch some of the drips. My first box may have dripped a bit, but I got really good results and it did keep all the spatter in the box. It was actually fun to clean my chain, if that's possible... Thanks for the Idea!!
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Hi Stud Muffin,

You're welcome ... Glad you liked the idea and took advantage... Thanks for the feedback.

My container was a chinese restaurant take-away box, I have loads of these... So this was free

Agreed in the stiffer brush, it cleans better... But don't make the chain slots too wide... Maybe that was the cause of your issue with dripping from there?...

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Other possible improvements to this cleaner:

- 4 slices of brush (instead of 2), one for each face of the chain?...
- Like the commercial ones, something/some way to hold the box in place so you have 2 free hands while cleaning?...

Experiment!... Funny about these things, is you can always improve you design... Don't like it or have a flaw?... Toss it and make another one... It's easy and dirt cheap to make!

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