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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! different way to clean chains

    hey, i use gasoline to clean my chains. its much cheaper, and it works great. but it may be a little more dangerous. just wondering if anyone else has heard of this. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtryder1000
    hey, i use gasoline to clean my chains. its much cheaper, and it works great. but it may be a little more dangerous. just wondering if anyone else has heard of this. thanks!
    yeah, works great, but there are the danger and environmental issues.

    What do you do with the dirty gasoline when you are done cleaning chains in it?

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    its much cheaper


    Never heard cheap and gasoline in the same sentence in a long time.

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    hahah not too sure if gasoline can be called "cheap" but i have never tried it, works well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnpat
    yeah, works great, but there are the danger and environmental issues.

    What do you do with the dirty gasoline when you are done cleaning chains in it?

    i take it to the place that your supposed to.
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    Using Gasoline is a good way to burn your self crisp!!
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    Gas no thanks..
    Spray or soak your chain in 409 or similar and put in the dishwasher, run it through the cycles dry it off and lube.
    The same way I clean my bar and chain!
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    Gas is not good!!

    Using GAS will actually deteorate the nickel plating on your chain and weaken the metal. A total .. I still haven't found a cheap alternative to quality bicycle degreasers that I'm not scared will damage other parts of the bicycle.

    I personally like to order the Pedros Orange Peelz by the vat (Shopworks size it's called) and it lasts me for a year using the Park Tool Chain Machine.

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    Dhpimp, did you try Simploe Green? I just tried it last night and it worked great. JUst be sure to relube your chain soon after and not the next morning because I was suprised to find rust spots on some of the rollers. Relubing and riding the bike seems to have rubbed the rust away, though.

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    gas fumes - yuck
    WD-40 works well as a cleaner although some lubes do not mix well with it no matter how long you let the chain dry between cleanning and lubing.
    besides the danger from the gas fumes there is the evaporation rate, gas evaporates fast so you would get fewer cleannings per gallon than WD-40.
    I have used mag wheel cleaner too.
    Have not found a citrus cleaner yet that really works.

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    I bought a gallon of auto parts cleaner at a local parts store and its suppose to be a neutral ph product that will not harm metals. I but chain in a small basket and swish it around and let it soak a while. I keep the dirty cleaner and pour it through funnel with a paper coffee filter so I can re-use it again. Then I place chain in an ultrasonic cleaner that I bought at Harbor freight on sale for $25, and I use a neutral ph citrus cleaner, a J&J product, or 409, and cycle a few times, then again with water. Chain is extremely clean.

    I try to clean change every 30 miles or so. I didn't see any benefit by lubing chain between cleanings. I tried wiping with rag soaked in WD40 then re-lubing, but I could still feel grit when chain is twisted. So it didn't make much sense to lube it because liquid is probably washing dirt into rollers.

    Using a sram powerlink on my shimano chain makes it so easy to remove and clean properly, plus, I can get to derailleur rollers? and clean them also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    WD-40 works well as a cleaner although some lubes do not mix well with it no matter how long you let the chain dry between cleanning and lubing.
    besides the danger from the gas fumes there is the evaporation rate, gas evaporates fast so you would get fewer cleannings per gallon than WD-40.
    I have used mag wheel cleaner too.
    Have not found a citrus cleaner yet that really works.
    WD-40 is NOT a cleaner . WD-40 is a Water Displacement utility. It's good for like cleaning humidity off pawls in shifters, but not cleaning chains! For the last 12 years that I have been a mechanic I have advised DIY'ers not to use WD40 or else they end up doing this:

    LWright: For citrus cleaners I still stand by Pedros Orange Peelz

    Quote Originally Posted by newMTBer
    did you try Simploe Green?
    I have heard of this product and looked for it but where I used to live it wasn't available. I just moved to the west coast so I will try to find some and give it a go. Heard good things about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newMTBer
    Dhpimp, did you try Simploe Green? I just tried it last night and it worked great. JUst be sure to relube your chain soon after and not the next morning because I was suprised to find rust spots on some of the rollers. Relubing and riding the bike seems to have rubbed the rust away, though.

    i get those rust spots too. after re lubing and riding as you said, they disappear.

    as for using gasoline, i must ask, why? it smells, it's difficult to dispose of, and its dangerous. the many nice biodegradable citrus degreasers on the market do a much better job, and you can just dump that out when you're done...don't really know why you'd want to mess with that and reinvent the wheel

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    Run more lube through it, wipe the excess off, and get back out and ride again. Whenever the buildup on cogs and pulleys starts to look or feel too heavy, pull out the Park or Pedro's freewhel brush and brush/pick away for a couple of minutes to dislodge the worst of the crud, then lube/wipe/ride again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisJ
    Never heard cheap and gasoline in the same sentence in a long time.
    Ok... compared to the rest of the western world, gas in america is still cheap. How's that?

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    Here's a "different" way to clean a chain....

    Get an ultrasonic bath (available off ebay for about ฃ50 in the UK). Put your degreasing solution of choice in (dish detergent and water is fine) and set it running. This will clean inside, outside, and in places that no brush or cloth or whatever will ever get, and all for minimum effort if you use a powerlink or similar so can easily remove the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtryder1000
    i take it to the place that your supposed to.
    Where is that?

    Is there some place that recycles gasoline?

    Never heard of such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhpimp
    I have heard of this product and looked for it but where I used to live it wasn't available. I just moved to the west coast so I will try to find some and give it a go. Heard good things about it.

    The only place that I have found it at is Home Depot. Try looking there, Lowes, Menards, or any other home improvement stores around you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhpimp
    Using GAS will actually deteorate the nickel plating on your chain and weaken the metal. .
    You have something to back that up with?

    Nickel plated fittings are commonly used with gasoline.
    Male fitting for external fuel tanks, nickel plated.

    Nickel plated. The Strain Relief Fitting is resistant to salt water, weak acids, weak alkalis, alcohol, esters, ketones, ether, gasoline, mineral oil, animal oil, vegetable oil and many other substances.


    Using gasoline will not harm the nickel plating on your chain. It may give you disfiguring burns , but won't harm your chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newMTBer
    The only place that I have found it at is Home Depot. Try looking there, Lowes, Menards, or any other home improvement stores around you.
    Must not be looking too hard.

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    Beside the carcinogins(sp?)...

    you're cleaning metal with gasoline...see spark...brief second of heat...no hair...burnt to a cinder. If you really are this stupid (and that's being nice) enough to use gas for cleaning (yes it does a great job, but other non explosives do too) I only hope no one else gets injured when you go boom, whooosh!

    If only they'd just let all these morons blow themselves up all in one place at one time the world would be just that much better off.

    Lastly...yes it's been done before. Many decades before. Nothing new and it just goes to prove that being stupid still hasn't been genetically erradicated.

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    Do yourself a favor and try odorless mineral spirits from your favorite hardware store (in the paint department). Just as good of a solvent as gasoline, just as "cheap", and MUCH less volatile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    Do yourself a favor and try odorless mineral spirits from your favorite hardware store (in the paint department). Just as good of a solvent as gasoline, just as "cheap", and MUCH less volatile.
    And reuseable over and over. I use a pickle jar filled 3/4. Nice wide opening makes getting the chain in easy. Large dia. makes it easy to coil the chain inside.

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    My great grandmother burned her house to the ground cleaning drapes with gasoline. Is it worth that?

    I tried cleaning parts with gasoline, it left residue on everything.

    I've had good luck cleaning with mineral spirits. It depends on your lube though. It has worked fine so far for Diamontec and White Lightening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhpimp
    WD-40 is NOT a cleaner. WD-40 is a Water Displacement utility. It's good for like cleaning humidity off pawls in shifters, but not cleaning chains! For the last 12 years that I have been a mechanic I have advised DIY'ers not to use WD40 or else they end up doing this
    WD-40 is an excellent solvent, cleans chains very well. But then you have the whole environmental issue again.

    Never heard of getting humidity on pawls in shifters. Is this a UK thing?

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