I know we all have our own rituals and voodoo magic when it comes to chain cleaning, but I thought I would do a little purchasing today to try something different from my usual routine.
I came up with 2 new items, and one tried-and-true, while at work and decided to use my employee purchasing powah:
The brush is the Grunge Brush. Here's a site with decent info on it:
Cyclegear does carry it, but I didn't want to sound like a sales whore. The one I purchased didn't come with the bottle of cleaner or whatever though. The large bottle is a can of Motorex 611 Chain Cleaning Detergent and the smaller bottle is Maxima Chain Wax.
The brush and the detergent are a true time saver. Normally I use WD-40, a stiff scrub brush, and a shit-load of rags. WD always worked decent, and I usually didn't have to chain wax afterwards, but it was always messy. It would run and when it did, I usually didn't bother cleaning it up which makes a bigger mess later. And with this new method, I could go a little longer between chain cleanings since the wax is bit more water and fling resistant than WD40.
But this Motrax combined with the Brush was sooooooooo much nicer. The 611 is the only thing I could find readily available that was a cleaner as well as being X-Ring and O-Ring safe. It goes on easy and smells DAMN GOOD, but I'm pretty sure it's not good for you.
What I did was spray on the 611 and let it sit for a minute or 3, then use the brush in 2 different places so I can get all sides of the chain. With the bike on the rear stand, I spun the chain through the brush a couple times then used a rag to clean it off. Then sprayed it one more time with the 611, let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wiped it down with another rag. That's it! About 8 minutes for the cleaning including some Skoal! Considering I haven't examined my front sprocket area in about 8000 miles, the chain really cleaned up nice. Maybe I'll check it tomorrow.
Then just follow the destructions on the Maxima can which is ride for 5-10 minutes to heat the chain, get the bike up on a rear stand, spin the chain and spray on a thin layer, and then wait 20 minutes to let the wax set.
Just as important as saving time (I mean I'm sooooooo busy right? ) was the lack of mess. I use purple nitrile rubber gloves because, well, my hands are too pretty to get dirty... and I probably didn't even need them.
The 3-Piece kit will run you under $30. I have a feeling the 611 will last for quite a long time and they also make a bigger can of the Chain Wax if needed.
Just thought I'd share!