homebrew question chain
As chain gets black, is there ever any need to clean (wash in water&soap,dry) it? Does this black create wear products?
That black IS mostly wear products. But you can wipe it off the outside of the chain with a rag moistened with a little solvent.
There are many approaches to chain cleaning, from the occasional wipe-and-relube to the guys who weekly remove the chain for a solvent soak in an ultrasonic cleaner. Do a search, and you can find many lengthy and animated discussions on this board.
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[QUOTE=JCavilia;4396305]That black IS mostly wear products. But you can wipe it off the outside of the chain with a rag moistened with a little solvent."
Does this remove the lubrication?
No, it just turns into a gritty, oily mixture that will increase wear instead of reducing it. Wipe as much off the outside of the chain as you can, and keep the cassette cogs and chainrings clean.
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Wiping with a rag simply cleans the exterior of the chain and helps to keep dirt and grit from sticking. It won't remove the lube from the pins and rollers on the interior parts of the chain.
If you remove the chain and soak it in solvent, you'll want to relube once you put it back on the bike.
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Spray some WD-40 on a rag. Grip lower chain run with rag. Backpedal by hand. Repeat with dry rag. Do this weekly and the chain stays quite clean. Re-lube with hombrew as needed. Let sit overnight (to allow the thinner/carrier to evaporate) and perform the above steps.
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