From the article: Cleaning Your Bike Chain - Quick and Easy Approach
Cleaning your chain can be a messy, complicated business, but experienced cyclists know that there are shortcuts you can take to keep your chain clean and lubricated. Here's the techniques that they use. And if you've got an approach that works for you, here's a chance to share your knowledge with other cyclists. How You Clean Your Chain
- I use CHARCOAL LIGHTER FLUID, ya know, the stuff for lighting barbecues. It's much cheaper than kerosene; folks often curb the stuff before moving out. It's much less volatile than gas, and, being properly filtered, way cleaner than gas or diesel, which have tons of grit that wears out chain parts.
- —Guest Lark
Thanks for the help
- The step-by-step instruction is very helpful and easy to follow. Thanks for the info!
- —Guest Kim
Another chain cleaning suggestion
- If the chain is rusty and/or stiff with old grease & grime, etc., remove & soak for 24 hours minimum in kerosene. After letting it soak, then brush well with a toothbrush or similar tool that can scrub in, around and between the individual links. The chain should be well rinsed in kerosene until it looks clean and shiny. Wipe well & refit to bike. Apply a minimal amount of suitable light oil. I have found this to be an economical & successful form of maintainence.
- —Guest John
- Thanks for the tips. I also ride a motorcycle and the chain is very very important to keep clean. Keeping it clean prolongs the life of the chain...and they can be expensive. Soak it once a season for true cleaning.
- I like to remove the chain and soak it in a mixture of Farm & Fleet degreaser and paint thinner for at least 30 minutes, then let it dry for a few hours. I reapply T-9 next day.
- —Guest Tim