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How To: Clean/Lube Your Chain.

You should clean your chain every 300-500 miles depending on where your ride the most. If your mileage is mostly done on the freeway then you don't get as much dirt and debris and could get away with 500 miles in between cleanings. If you ride mostly back roads where dirt and debris builds up more on the roads I would suggest 300 miles in between your cleanings.

Materials that are needed: WD-40, Bel Ray chain lube(or any other motorcycle chain lube), old tooth brush (or your wifes), and a old rag. Try to find a cotton rag, they seem to be a little rougher which is better for wiping.

Step 1: The best time to clean your chain is when you just get back from a ride, 10 minutes minimum. Reason being is that your old lube is softer when it is warm. Take the WD-40 and spray your chain in between the links as well as the out side of the chain its self. If your thinking "Why WD-40 my chain doesn't squeak" WD-40 is actually a type of degreaser and a good one too.

Step 2: Scrub the chain with your tooth brush to loosen up tough debris. Make sure you scrub the out side of the chain as well as the inside. After getting the thick stuff off spray again and wipe it down with a rag until all old lube is off.

Step 3: Now that the WD-40 is dry you are now ready to apply your chain lube. Hold your rag behind where you are spraying the lube to prevent over spray. Make sure to spray in between the links.

Step 4: Spray the two metal looking dots on the chain(there is two on each side), those are pivot points in the chain and allows the chain to hug the two sprockets.

Step 5: Inspect your chain and make sure you didn't miss a spot or two. Then you are ready to ride. Have fun, and most importantly Be Safe!

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Nice write up
Did you do that without a rear stand?
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Nice write up
Did you do that without a rear stand?
Thanks, sure did

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Good write up! A lot of people will not use WD40 on their chain, but I've used it on both of my track bikes. The F4i's chain lasted for over 15k using nothing but WD40 to clean.
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Good write up! A lot of people will not use WD40 on their chain, but I've used it on both of my track bikes. The F4i's chain lasted for over 15k using nothing but WD40 to clean.
Yea I think it is the best to use because its not a super stronger degreaser but its not weak either. It has the right amount of eating power.

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Just make sure not to get too much WD-40 on your tire if you don't use a rag. That would be GG. Good write-up, mate!
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Almost forgot, you can also use kerosene as a degreaser, if you don't want to use WD40.
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Almost forgot, you can also use kerosene as a degreaser, if you don't want to use WD40.
Yea good point, I should add "cover your chain in kerosene then light it. Make sure all the scum burns off" Just kidding but I have heard that it works pretty well, but how many people do you think have kerosene laying around?

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Thanks for this post...I am now an expert on how to lube my own chain mwahah
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Can we maybe set up a poll in this thread for different brands of chain lube.

And then list the pros and cons of each as people post about it.

I have been using PJ-1 Black Label and it is killer chain lube but it flings all over everything and is a pain to clean off.

I have always used it for off road machines but I am going to find a different brand for my street bikes.

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