truth is spoken... and on that note:bhd1223 said:Haha. This right here goes along with the "Best tires" and "Best oil" threads. Everyone you ask does something different and swears it is right. ;D
Actually, the service manual mentions kerosene or diesel oil by name as a method to clean the chain.cstem said:If yo uhave an oring chain (highly recommended), using kersosene may or may not damage the orings (depending on which cheap little chinese factory made the orings and you willnever know) so I do not use it. Besides, the argument that kerosene or anything can help lube the chain is flawed. An oring chain by design is to hold its lubrication in, on the inner pins and against the inside of the rollers. IF any liquid can get in there, it will quickly be forced out by centrifugal force along with the lube redering the chain and its little orings useless.
LOL. Had my eyebrow raised a second there.... hehehehderf said:Or you could just take the chain off the bike, throw it in the dish washer, add some degreasing dish washer fluid and set on "pots and pans" (or highest possible setting) and then wait through the rinse and dry cycle.
If you don't have a dish washer, use a clothes washing machine instead, just make sure you put it on the setting that will get it the cleanest. Also make sure if you use a washing machine and use a detergent without bleach (cheer with color guard is a good brand) otherwise your chain will come out blotchy. I think it might also mess up the O rings but all in all you should be all right.
Even though your dish washer (or washing machine) may have a rinse cycle the chain will not be dry enough so i would use your dryer. make sure that you put the dryer on permanent press though, this is very important. you definatley don't want any water left on the chain after or you will have to go through the whole washing process over. If you don't have a dryer that can dry the chain, just hang it up outside in a sunny place for a few hours. In an extreme case where there is no sun try to use a hair dryer.
When it is done just throw the chain back on the bike and call it a day. I personally recommend doing this every other week or 500 miles whichever comes first. If you have to wait longer between cleanings be careful because you might have to hit the chain up with a wire wheel, specially if it shows signs of aging, wrinkles under the eyes, crows feet etc...
hold on my washing machine just beeped ;D