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    favorite citrus degreaser?

    are they all the same strength? Or do some work better than others?

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    I've only tried the Park Tools version (Chain Brite?), but it was strong enough to do the job quite well. I would imagine they're all more or less the same strength...pretty hard to go wrong there.
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    For what?

    General cleaning?
    Grease?

    Dish soap cleans the frame.
    OMS for the grease.

    Citrus? Maybe for the vodka.

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    Pure citrus solvent is a chemical called d-limonene. It's chemically similar to turpentine, and is clear though it may have an yellow or orange tint. It's fairly expensive, and is a very strong solvent which will break down oils, greases and waxes, but it works best when used in it's pure state.

    However many commercial versions stretch it with water and/or petroleum distillates. Adding water to limonene makes it cloudy or milky, so it's clarity is an indicator of it's purity.

    You can buy d-limonene from a number of sources, but read labels carefully so you get what you pay for.
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    I use the Finish Line citrus cleaner - the liquid version, not the aerosol. It is amazing at removing grease and other gunk without damaging the finish. I use very sparingly and generally clean off with alcohol afterwards. A bottle of it will last for years. And it smells good too.
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    I like the Pedro's and Park Tool degreasers.

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    I've never used one. My "go to" is OMS.
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    I use the Zep Citrus Cleaner from Home Depot. Works very well in cleaning my bikes and is much cheaper than the stuff I was buying from my LBS.
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    I usually use Simple Green to wash my bikes when they need more than a polishing, but when removing black grime I usually prefer Finish Line's citrus degreaser. I haven't tried many others as that was what most of us at the shop used, but it worked very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doolab View Post
    I use the Zep Citrus Cleaner from Home Depot. Works very well in cleaning my bikes and is much cheaper than the stuff I was buying from my LBS.
    Bingo. A gallon costs $9. It lasts forever. I've been using this stuff for years. I use it straight out of the bottle, undiluted. It is very effective at degreasing your bike without harming any metal or paint.

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    The best we have used is Dumonde Tech Bio Green Citrus Solvent. You only need about 2 oz to fully clean a chain from nasty to brand new.

    1.) Take an empty Orange Juice or other 1-2L bottle

    2.) Pour in your 2oz of Dumonde Tech

    3.) Put the chain in and screw the lid back on.

    4.) Shake the hell out of it for 1-2 minutes and let it sit for a few more.

    5.) Remove the chain and rinse it off.

    Looks new and you can repeat the process with the same liquid many times. This stuff is powerful.

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    I went to my hardware store and bought a gallon of whatever citrus cleaner they had. Works great. Probably all the same. I NEVER put it on my bike, only use it to clean components of the bike or lightly wet a rag and clean some parts on the bike. Frame, fork, wheels never see solvents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trekracer20 View Post
    I usually use Simple Green to wash my bikes when they need more than a polishing, but when removing black grime I usually prefer Finish Line's citrus degreaser. I haven't tried many others as that was what most of us at the shop used, but it worked very well.
    I put a chain in simple green diluted 5:1 in a bottle and forgot about it for 24 hrs or so. I took it out and some of the rollers were discolored, but still seem to work fine.

    I'm not sure what simple green has that does that, but I'm not getting it near my frame.
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    Simple green is bad stuff.
    Corrosive.

    Not a fan.

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