Kerosene all the way. I just got my bike back from its valave check up and the mechanic said that my chain is the cleanest and most healthy chain he has seen in a while. Can't argue with that I guess. Iwish I knew about Kerosene on the chain years ago.
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my question exactly cbrf293! My bike just turned 2500 miles and while at the shop last week (nothing major, thank God!) the service guy said my chain looked like it had the original lube on it. I informed him that wasn't the case.
I usually clean with a degreaser via toothbrush, then wipe excess off, then spray lube, then wipe excess off. Lately I've resorted to paint thinner to get the thick goop off the sprocket and it works well on the chain too, but I use it sparingly. I get a small spot of shop rag wet with it, then wipe the chain. No biggie, and it keeps the chain clean. I always lube after a clean, and I do it after every long ride, or couple times a month.
Now this is what I've read cause I researched it alot before settling on a methode...Many seem to advocate that WD-40 will kill the O-rings (make them swell up and actually dissolve the grease inside which has to stay there), Keroseen seems to be the weapon of choice as for application the "kersoseen on a rag" is probably what I'm gonna try tonight...I'll see what happens.
Yours prayers have been answered. How you say?, kerosine in an aerosol can for less than a buck. Where you say?, your local auto parts store. What is it you say?, Gunk engine degreaser or if they have one, the store brand version. Been using it for years with no ill effect on the o-rings. If you have a really manky chain, get the foaming formula so it clings to the chain and soaks in.
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