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How to Make Sure Your Bike has a Clean Chain
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My favorite way to clean my chains is with an ultrasonic chain cleaner (it's sold on Amazon as a jewelry cleaner). Here are the steps:

1. Locate the master link
2. Undo the link and take the chain off and place in the cleaner
3. Cover with degreasing fluid
4. Run the cleaner for about 5 minues
5. Remove the chain and wipe down
6. Place the chain back on the bike.
7. Lose one of the pieces of the master link
8. Go buy a new chain and install that.
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ROTFLMAO!

> 8. Go buy a new chain and install that.

Or just buy a new master link (or take the spare master link from your on-bike tool kit--you do have one of those, right?




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ROTFLMAO!

> 8. Go buy a new chain and install that.

Or just buy a new master link (or take the spare master link from your on-bike tool kit--you do have one of those, right?




-- posted by vkan

The chain has a master link.???
Be safe everyone.

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ROTFLMAO!

> 8. Go buy a new chain and install that.

Or just buy a new master link (or take the spare master link from your on-bike tool kit--you do have one of those, right?




-- posted by vkan

The chain has a master link.???
Be safe everyone.
-- posted by Bikeman630


Perhaps better called a quick link these days.


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The chain in question is a nickle-plated single speed chain. I have replacement master links for my 9-speed chain but it isn't compatible.

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Single speed chain does not need to be replaced due to wear.

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Single speed chain does not need to be replaced due to wear.
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What.???

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Single speed chain does not need to be replaced due to wear.
-- posted by maschwab
What.???
-- posted by Bikeman630
The components of single speed chain are a lot wider. The force applied by bicycling is not enough to exceed the material strength to wear down the metal. Only when you get to 8 speed chain does wear of a clean chain / cog start to become a problem.

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I have been riding this bike with an internal-geared hub for a long time. I have had to replace the chain a couple of times but those might have been due to neglect since they would rust after riding through multiple Chicago winters. This one wouldn't need to be replaced if I could get a new quick link.

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And, no new chain. I opened the garage door yesterday to go on a ride and immediately spotted the missing piece so I put it on. Chain isn't as clean as a new one but clean enough. Apparently while I was on my hands and knees sweeping the area where I thought it was with a magnate, I was kicking the link with my feet.

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And, no new chain. I opened the garage door yesterday to go on a ride and immediately spotted the missing piece so I put it on. Chain isn't as clean as a new one but clean enough. Apparently while I was on my hands and knees sweeping the area where I thought it was with a magnate, I was kicking the link with my feet.
-- posted by Redsfan

The case of the missing link - Solved.
be safe everyone.
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