Wheever wrote:beatle wrote:Wheever wrote:I am a convert to off-the-bike solvent cleaning of the chain. Mineral Spirits in a gatorade bottle or similar. Shake well, let sit for a while, shake again, fish out and wipe and let dry. I don't like water because it's easy for the chain to not get the chain entirely dry without baking. With the mineral spirits, it evaporates quickly. If you lid the bottle, you can use it over and over, making it more economical than water-based solvents.
As to lube, I've been using Rock-n-roll gold, but it does pick up dirt pretty quickly. I've been wanting to try paraffin baths, and seeing how that works. Tried squirt and Ice lube, and didn't really like either.
No matter what, off the bike cleaning is the best way, and a Wippermann connex link is much superior to any of the KMX products.
How long does a Wippermann last?
I've heard they last for tens of thousands of miles. The best part about them is they're tool less, in use, and really easy to work.
Thanks, I have one on my Ritchey breakaway travel bike. With that mileage expected, I needn't think about it.