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Cleaning Your Bike Chain - Quick and Easy Approach

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Prepare Your Workspace and Assemble Your Supplies
supplies needed for bike chain cleaning: wd-40, brush, rags, solvent
David Fiedler

For cleaning your bike, first either move outside or find a place such as a garage or basement where it won't be the end of the world if you drip on the floor.

You'll need the following items:

  • Old newspapers
  • Rags - old t-shirts work well for this
  • Solvent of some sort, such as WD-40 or isopropyl alcohol
  • An old toothbrush
  • Quality bike lubricant, such as Boeshield T-9 waterproof lube

Locate where you're going to work, and spread out newspapers on the floor below your bike. A spot where you can lean your bike against something to keep your hands free while you're busy is ideal. Shift the gears on your bike while while turning the pedals so that the chain is on the largest ring in the front and on the smallest socket in the back.

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