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Offline TonyHants

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Hi, just going to do first chain clean and oil.

It's bit fiddly without centre stand does anyone have any tips apart from moving bike backwards/

Also manual says use a sealed drive chain cleaner (I don't have) or water and a 'neutral' detergent. What's that?

The manual goes on to say don't use petrol, kerosene etc or I'll damage o rings.

Just appreciate any tips anyone has picked up

Offline Megashorts

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Re: Chain cleaning, no centre stand, plus which detergent to use?
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 04:16:26 PM »
I like to use WD40 branded motorcycle chain cleaner around every 1000 miles. It blasts the old lube and crap off quite well.

A centre stand makes life so much easier. Its a effortless to check your front and rear tyres, take a wheel off, chain maintenance etc. Not many bikes now even have the option to fit one. A paddock stand is another option.

Offline tookadum

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Re: Chain cleaning, no centre stand, plus which detergent to use?
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 04:20:49 PM »
Hi mate,
Thought I would chip in with my twopeneth ;)

Well the best advice I can give if you don't have a centre stand and intend to service your bike yourself is to get one - I found mine to be invaluable for every time I wanted to work on the bike! You can pick one up for less than a quarter of the price of getting your bike serviced so it will pay for itself pretty soon. Also think about all the things you can't do without one i.e. back wheel removal etc. etc. Failing that a paddock stand or a bike lift can be got second hand. As it happens I have a bike lift for sale lol.

An old toothbrush is ideal for cleaning your chain and if you look in a supermarket there are many non-detergent cleaners available relatively cheaply - fairy pure and clean is an example and a good pair of rubber gloves with water as hot as you can stand.
When I used to clean mine I just sprayed it with wd40 and then washed it off with warm water and obviously oiled it again.
If you go to a bike shop you will be able to purchase an actual bike cleaner spray for about £10 - but why would you!!
Also get a sheet under your bike when you do clean it because you WILL make a mess .
I was born with nothing and I still have most of it left !

Offline Gillo

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Re: Chain cleaning, no centre stand, plus which detergent to use?
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 09:00:30 PM »
I use WD40 to clean the chain, I don't think it degrades the o ring seals. Afterwards I give the whole chain a light oiling with old engine oil then wipe it off with an old towel, so it just leaves a very light coating to stop rust. My chain seems to be in good condition and rarely needs adjustment. I have centre stand which makes the whole job much easier.

Offline mzterg

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Re: Chain cleaning, no centre stand, plus which detergent to use?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2019, 09:32:48 PM »
Hello all,

I've got a centrestand which makes life so much easier.

Re chain lube, I detest the thick, sticky, specialist lubes which harden on the chain.  I prefer to keep my chain clean and lightly oiled.  I use Scott Oil (the type they use in the chain oilers) but just brush it on or pour it into a rag and run the chain through it.  If you do it often (after every ride), there is no need for messy chain cleaning sessions - just wipe over with some clean oil and the chain id good to go  :028:

Offline mzterg

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Re: Chain cleaning, no centre stand, plus which detergent to use?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2019, 09:37:38 PM »
Forgot to mention, for chain "cleaning" which I never need to do except when the dealer sprays the thick gloop over the chain, I use WD40 on a rag - spray onto rag, run the chain through it and give it a rub and clean, then back to my normal old Scott Oil or engine oil (as previous post).

PS - I would NEVER run the chain through the rag with the engine running - that just asking to lose a few fingers.  DON'T DO IT  :110:

Laters  :028: