Before you guys shoot all these links at me about previous posts, i have searched them. I need to know when I'm using wd-40 to clean my chains, could i use a old tooth brush to scrub all that gunk off? What do you use to manually clean your chains?
Where I got my first service from, the owner used a plastic container, filled it with this cleaner and it snapped to the chain, then he rotated the rear wheel and the chain went through the lube, thus cleaning the gunk off. He then hosed it off really well, dried it and lubed it up with chain wax.
He sells it, everything comes with it. I will try and get a pix next time I am at the shop.
Two cheapo toothbrushes taped together, and a rag. Kerosene for the solvent. Be careful when you clean though, last time for me I was not paying attention, the rag caught in the sprocket, pulled my thumb in which resulted in many bad words and a lot of blood. That was rotating it by hand, for god's sake don't ever try the engine running in first gear method.
heh anyone had an accident where the kerosene caught fire while cleaning their chain? I'll go find a grundge brush and go at it with some kerosene...Do I have to use heavy weight motor oil to lube it? Or will WD-40 do a good enough job?
I just don't clean it. I still got 20,000 miles out of the last chain so for the saved time and effort, I think that's good enough to not have to deal with it. I have heard of people getting 40-50k out of their chains with meticulous maintenance but I am just too lazy/time starved/ lacking a bike stand. Then again I don't wash my bike either.
Your local bike shop should have a bottle of 'chain cleaner' to use rather than WD-40 specifically meant to do your chain and other parts on the bike. I just bought that from the saleman's recommendation who also rides an SV.