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post #1 of 37 Old 09-26-2009, 11:05 AM
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Chain Maintenance-ATTENTION!!!

To all of you that INSIST on doing your chain maintenance with the bike running and in first gear...well here you have the results firsthand. I know some of you do it...I've read it firsthand.

The following pictures are NOT for the faint of heart!!!

http://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=242261

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Being a card-carrying member of the Faint of Heart's Club Band, Is it safe to assume that blood is a poor substitute for petroleum-based solvents and lubricants?

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... I know some of you do it...I've read it firsthand. ...
I have been guilty of this, but I only sprayed the lube on from behind the rear sprocket. After thinking about it now I just spin the rear tire with my hand. Those pics make a good argument for the latter apprach also

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Being a card-carrying member of the Faint of Heart's Club Band, Is it safe to assume that blood is a poor substitute for petroleum-based solvents and lubricants?
Yes, that would be a safe assumption. Card carrying members of the FHC need not look at those photos.

That is a perfect reason for NOT cleaning a chain with the engine running. I ran a finger through a drill press once when "Something" (to this day I have no idea what) got caught and yanked my arm somewhere that it shouldn't have been. Things like that happen so fast you don't even have time to get the "Oh" out much less the "Crap!".

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Chain maintenance with bike on centerstand and in gear isn't the issue, this is the issue:

"I sprayed the chain down really well and I put the rag up to it and it got caught and took my hand with it through the rear sprocket."

I use the Dupont Teflon spray in a can with a 6" red straw sticking out of the nozzle. At no time are my fingers or hands anywhere within 8" of the chain. I don't wipe down the chain after I am done, I let it dry on its own.

Now for cleaning the chain, that is different altogether, bike is off and I use a kerosene-soaked rag and an industrial toothbrush on the chain and spin the rear tire by hand, even that can be dangerous, I move it about 6 links per spin, or whatever the number of links I can possibly clean at a given time is.

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The following pictures are NOT for the faint of heart!!!

http://www.gixxer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=242261

That is all.
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Chain maintenance with bike on centerstand and in gear isn't the issue, this is the issue:

"I sprayed the chain down really well and I put the rag up to it and it got caught and took my hand with it through the rear sprocket."

I use the Dupont Teflon spray in a can with a 6" red straw sticking out of the nozzle. At no time are my fingers or hands anywhere within 8" of the chain. I don't wipe down the chain after I am done, I let it dry on its own.

Now for cleaning the chain, that is different altogether, bike is off and I use a kerosene-soaked rag and an industrial toothbrush on the chain and spin the rear tire by hand, even that can be dangerous, I move it about 6 links per spin, or whatever the number of links I can possibly clean at a given time is.
Technically maybe so but being around moving stuff with so much power demands concentration like working with table/miter saws. Now I need the saw running to cut the wood I don't need the bike running to spin the rear tire to spray the chain. Maybe it is just me but riding bikes is risky enough, running the engine while lubing the chain is just being risky and lazy when you could spend 5 minutes and do a better job manually anyway.
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I guess that guy is going to need to learn "short-hand" now.
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