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Postby GSXR1 » Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:37 pm

My thoughts are you should be fine, as long as you take care to keep degreaser away from bearings (hubs/bb) and dry chain well to get rid of as much degreaser and/or water before you lube chain
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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:19 am

Be careful where you spray the stuff (and the water rinse) and you should be OK. Keep it away from bearings.

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Postby Kalgrm » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:56 am

cjrich wrote:Question.

For a quick chain and sprocket clean can I use a cheap aerosol auto degreaser like those in the discount shops? Then hose it off, dry the chain and apply chain lube.

Some websites say degreaser is too harsh but local bike shop says you can use anything as long as you lube straight away.

Your thoughts?

Be aware that even a "quick clean" should involve taking the chain off the bike to do this. Spraying with degreaser while everything is on the bike may contaminate your braking surfaces and pads, reducing their effectiveness.

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Postby Aushiker » Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:34 pm

G'day

Chris and Jordan in the booklet, Save my bike: A beginner's guide to bike maintenance suggest for a quick clean, taking
a clean rag and put a little methylated spirits on it. Then simply back pedal, running the chain through the metho soaked part of the rag - make sure aren't just cleaning the sides of the chain, you want to be getting the rollers in the middle too.
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Postby Aushiker » Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:51 pm

G'day

This is a video on the topic from the Bicycle Tutor ...

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Postby acw » Sat Jun 21, 2008 6:27 pm

For those that use a mineral solvent (turps or kero etc) how do you dispose of the waste? surely it doesn't go down the sink?
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Postby Chuck » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:13 pm

Aushiker wrote:G'day

This is a video on the topic from the Bicycle Tutor ...

Andrew


Good one, thanks Andrew.
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Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:25 pm

acw wrote:For those that use a mineral solvent (turps or kero etc) how do you dispose of the waste? surely it doesn't go down the sink?


I use and reuse kero, splash and evaporation would be the only losses.
Filtered muck dries in the filter paper and gets binned.

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