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You can keep your chain from being corroded by cleaning it regularly. Working with your chain is obviously not too hard. You can even use any old things like old newspaper and old t-shirt. Please keep in mind to have your bike outside while working with your chain as the lubricant can contaminate your floor.
The following tips provide some basic pointers for cleaning your chain, properly applying lubrication, and other ways to take good care of your chain
Do a "quick and easy" cleaning using a rag and some degreasing solvent.
You can get most of the built-up dirt, grease, and gunk off of your chain using this method.
- Lean your up again a wall (or put your bike in a worksand if you have one) so that you're able to freely rotate the pedals backwards.
- Take a rag and fold it over a couple of times, then pour or spray a generous amount of degreaser on it.
- Wrap the rag around the lower part of the chain and hold it in place with your left hand while you pedal backwards using your right hand
- Hold the rag firmly enough to wipe the gunk, but loosely enough that the chain is able to move freely.
- Apply pressure to the chain alternately to the sides and the top and bottom. Remove and re-apply the rag so that you re-position the chain to a clean area of the rag.
- Repeat this process several times until the chain appears about as clean as it's going to get.
For a complete and thorough cleaning, use a chain cleaning device.
A chain scrubbing device is ideal for giving your chain a complete cleaning. You fill it with liquid degreaser, place the chain inside the device and spin the pedals around (you don't have to remove the chain from the bike). As the chain moves through the device, several sets of brushes get inside all the nooks and crannies of the chain to thoroughly clean all the gunk off.
Apply lubricant to the chain and wipe off the excess
- Shift your bike into the middle gear on your cassette or freewheel.
- With your left hand, hold the tip of the chain lub bottle over the chain near the gears, and pedal backwards with your right hand.
- Squeeze the lube bottle to make a light but steady stream onto the chain. You want to lube the chain only; it's not necessary to put lube on the gears
- Keep spinning the pedals until you're sure you've gotten lube on the whole length of the chain and then take the lube bottle away, and spin the pedals a few more times and let it sit for a few minutes to be sure the lube has a chance to work its way into the rollers and pins of the chain
- Then, take a clean rag and wipe away excess lube from the outside of the chain.