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post #1 of 77 Old 11-26-2017, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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You guys that never clean your chains....

Do you ride strictly pavement, or what? Just curious, as I have a lot of doubt about getting 40k+ miles out of one that goes off road regularly.

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And what is meant by Not cleaning? No solvent and Grunge brush?
I occasionally(5K or so) run the Grunge brush(Dry) to knock off buildup. Otherwise it's lube liberally and wipe with a rag every 300.

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A critical component of the not cleaning your chain strategy is to also not write down the odo reading when you put on a new one. I do lube my chain, but I don't clean it and I don't write down the mileage when I replace it. I don't write down the mileage when I replace my tires or brake pads either. I ride until stuff needs attention. Then I attend to it. There's probably some advantages to tracking all that stuff, but it's never struck me as worth the mental energy. I'm certainly not advocating this approach, but it goes really well with the rest of my character flaws.
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I used to clean my chain more when I used sprays. Like no fling? Sprays, in my experience, built up crud that necessitated cleaning periodically. Once I switched to bar oil/gear lube combo, oiling was cleaning.

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A critical component of the not cleaning your chain strategy is to also not write down the odo reading when you put on a new one. I do lube my chain, but I don't clean it and I don't write down the mileage when I replace it. I don't write down the mileage when I replace my tires or brake pads either. I ride until stuff needs attention. Then I attend to it. There's probably some advantages to tracking all that stuff, but it's never struck me as worth the mental energy. I'm certainly not advocating this approach, but it goes really well with the rest of my character flaws.
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I too replace tires chain, etc. when needed, but I do log the date and mileage. Probably a useless exercise, but it amuses me.
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I used to clean my chain more when I used sprays. Like no fling? Sprays, in my experience, built up crud that necessitated cleaning periodically. Once I switched to bar oil/gear lube combo, oiling was cleaning.
Yep... Same here... I wipe the chain down maybe once per week with 85w synthetic gear oil on a terry-cloth rag. Keeps the chain looking great and very little fling.
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The only time I've seen a chain really need attention beyond a lube is after a sand session but the chain was going anyways.....just speeded it up.

I use Motul paste which sticks well and is easy to see where it goes on. Bit more tedious but it works well and my mechanic who races swears by it.
The critical lube is inside the bearings and that's what you do not want to disturb with solvents or any type of degreaser including detergents.


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My factory chain went 38,000. It saw 900 miles of gravel on the Alaska trip alone.I just oil more thgan any thing.In the winter wipe the road salt off and may run a kerosene soaked rag in a plastic glove covered hand a few times then oil heavy again.Plain old motor oil is all I have used the last 30 of 50 years. Heavy and 70 my choice but 10-40 if no heavy stuff around.
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I am old so I grew up in a time before o-ring sealed chains. I also spent several years racing off road so I got use to chains that took a beating and got very dirty. I got in the habit of cleaning the chain periodically. I use a special chain cleaning brush and a little WD 40 for cleaning. Then the chain gets wiped cleaned and allowed to dry. After that I use my favorite chain lube, Bel Ray, and let her sit overnight before I ride her again. I ride a lot of back roads, some gravel/dirt and live in an area with its fair share of agriculture so there can be a lot of dust and dirt in the air. I like a clean chain..a clean properly oiled chain is a happy chain and happy chains can last a long time and they share this love with your sprockets.

I don't clean the chain every oiling depending on how they look. I don't do over two oilings without a cleaning however.

I don't log oiling or cleaning but I do keep a mental note of them. Besides, I do them by look and feel of the chain. I do log other service like new tires and services so I have a record of them. I just traded off my 2005 Wee and the new owner has a complete record of all the services, brakes, new tires, brake fluid flushes, cooling system service, battery replacements, etc. on the bike. I like that... Besides, if you keep your bike for a lot of years it really helps to remember when you did certain work. Its easy to forget.

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