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    Chain...completely seized

    As the title says, my chain is completely rusted solid...quite a few of the links won't move at all, so the chain is mostly stuck in a hoop shape. I've got it soaking in a tub of coke, just to see if it'll free itself and be somewhat usable again, but is there anything else I can do? Does PB-Blaster and Slick 50 work well on freeing up stuck chains? Or, am I basically stuck with having to buy a brand new chain?

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    Do yourself a favor and buy a new chain .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Do yourself a favor and buy a new chain .
    meh, fair enough

    you're not Dremer03 are you?

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    Chains are $20 or less for reliable replacements...get a new chain

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    Depending on wear, a new chain might not mesh with the old ring/cogs, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tm240z
    Depending on wear, a new chain might not mesh with the old ring/cogs, correct?
    Correct...given the limited information given by the OP, one can only give an answer to what should be done with the rusty chain.

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    THIS will help an old rusty chain.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    As the title says, my chain is completely rusted solid...quite a few of the links won't move at all, so the chain is mostly stuck in a hoop shape. I've got it soaking in a tub of coke, just to see if it'll free itself and be somewhat usable again, but is there anything else I can do? Does PB-Blaster and Slick 50 work well on freeing up stuck chains? Or, am I basically stuck with having to buy a brand new chain?
    There is only one solution: replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    THIS will help an old rusty chain.
    Sheldon Brown to the rescue again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    meh, fair enough

    you're not Dremer03 are you?


    No , the farthest thing from it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    THIS will help an old rusty chain.
    Nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    THIS will help an old rusty chain.

    Works fine till you wind up with extra parts .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Works fine till you wind up with extra parts .
    SS then!!
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    THIS will help an old rusty chain.

    Wow! That is time intensive.
    You would need to have a very special relationship with that chain,
    or at least you would when you were done.

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    ah.....

    Quote Originally Posted by bucksaw87
    Sheldon Brown to the rescue again!
    I miss Sheldon. RIP, buddy!

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    sell it on ebay as "art" ... use profits to buy a new chain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2
    sell it on ebay as "art" ... use profits to buy a new chain
    i could hack up a chainring and make some bottle openers with the chain as a handle!

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    spray it with wd40 it worked for my chain and move every link up and down

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    If it is that rusted, getting it moving again is possible, but what you need to worry about is the chain being weaker now, and breaking when you least expect it.
    Avoid cancer, buy a new chain.

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    When you get the new chain get some lube, too....and use it!
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    I would think that having a chain that rusted means other issues also, I would check every bearing on the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
    I would think that having a chain that rusted means other issues also, Rode hard , put away wet
    I would check every bearing on the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
    I would think that having a chain that rusted means other issues also, I would check every bearing on the bike
    ugh, i know.

    i love having a bike rack on the back of the car...especially in the winter with wet, salty roads *facepalm*

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    Oh snap...

    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    If it is that rusted, getting it moving again is possible, but what you need to worry about is the chain being weaker now, and breaking when you least expect it.
    Avoid cancer, buy a new chain.

    Its true, I might be new to getting into this but my first real ride I went on the guy I went with had a fairly rusty but still usable chain, snapped in under a mile of a good up hill.

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    Thanks guys, reading this thread just made my day!
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