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    Isopropyl alcohol as chain cleaner?

    Hi Guys,

    I dont usually apply any degreasers to my chain unless they are gunked up good and need a good cleaning. I always clean my chain with a small brush and re apply lube and run through a rag.

    When I do use degreaser I use the ecotech stuff and let it sit on my chain for a few minutes and then run it through a rag until no more crud comes off. After that I spray warm water on the chain to make sure I have the degreaser off before reapplying new lube.

    What I want to know is instead of using the ecotech stuff can I just use 99% Isopropyl alcohol as a degreaser? I assume as it would evaporate fast I would have to do the whole rinsing of the cahin before applying new lube.

    Thanks for any tips guys

    One of these days I will get a chain that has removable links, Im sure it would make cleaning a chain easier



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    1) Use biodegradable mineral spirits; put spirits and chain in a 2 liter bottle; shake; save and reuse it.
    2) Use alcohol to rinse off the mineral spirits.
    3) Lightly lube chain.

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