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Tried gasoline before and all it did was muck up my chain lube.
Rather than searching and re-posting links, here is a thread from a few years ago.Walt Dizzy said:Link please?
Here is what I do and it works very well.Finch Platte said:Tried gasoline before and all it did was muck up my chain lube.
Easy solution = ride steel. :thumbsup:11 Bravo said:Regardless, it can't be argued that Simple Green is known to cause corrosion of metal and this is particularly true with aluminum. I have personally seen it etch bare aluminum surfaces and change the look of some anodized parts. I don't use the stuff on my bikes.
Thanks for the info.sopwithcamel said:Hey Walt,
Here is the link:
Simple Green is highly alkaline so you need to becareful with it.
To there credit Simple Green has come out with some new products but I haven't tried them yet. Simply because I just haven't the need too. Blue Dawn dish washing soap is cheap, enviromentally friendly and does a great job cleaning my bike. Blue Dawn and Lemon Pledge are the mechanics secret weapons.
I'll take you suggestion and stick with kerosene. Thanks for the tipsWalt Dizzy said:Thanks for the info.
Please note that any soap or detergent has the potential to etch aluminum. Aluminum is an a highly reactive metal and it can be attacked by either acid or base. Or even salt in water. Steel is stable with regards to base (cast iron engine blocks are degreased in vats of lye), but can be attacked by acid.
Easiest way to think of it, if it dissolves in water, don't leave it on the bike.
Chains can be safely stored in non-polar solvents like kerosene or mineral spirits.
BTW, I'm a chemist.
this works for me... Prolink will remove the sticky factory stuff and lube the chain. Do it on the bike...no reason to soak or wash. No risk of drying out the chain and leaving the metal bare.Zoke2 said:I use ProLink, it gets rid of the original thick stuff and lubes the chain at the same time
I knew my comment would bring out the lube elitists...sopwithcamel said:Water Displacement WD40 has no bussiness being used on a high performance bicycle. It's a poor degreaser, poor pentrating oil, and poor lubricant. It will do in an emergency but there are much better products for each of those catagories.