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    Shimano Master Link / Ultrasonic Cleaner

    Finally worked my way into 11 speed and low and behold a master link for Shimano.

    New thinking ultrasonic cleaner now with Shimano removable.

    Anybody ultrasonic cleaning chains?

    Reuse Shimano link?

    Thinking maybe next level chit here....
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    Technically no. They're 'single use' according to Shimano. If you plan on cleaning your chain a bunch I'd say maybe replace it every other time. I definitely wouldn't go out and buy an ultrasonic cleaner just because I have a Shimano chain w/ a connecting link...that's just stupid. Clean it on the bike w/ some degreaser and a soapy sponge.
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    I have an ultrasonic cleaner, I use it very, very sparingly. It is a handy tool, but itís not great to completely flush your chain of all lubricant in the rollers and pins. That said, I have certainly reused shimano links, but I usually just put them in the tool bag for emergency repair duty.

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    I reuse Shimano and KMC links a couple times. Should you? Technically no. But I've never had one break. I've only ever broke a chain once (not at a quick link).

    I have an ultrasonic cleaner and use it occasionally for chains and cassettes. I get a lot of miles from a chain, and rarely clean it. So usually half life I put it in the ultrasonic for a good clean.
    Here's a tip: Put the chain in a zip lock back. Fill the bag with simple green. Put that in your ultrasonic cleaner filled with just water. It works just as well and clean up is a snap. You cleaner doesn't get dirty at all.

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    but I usually just put them in the tool bag for emergency repair duty.
    I keep a couple used ones in my bag in case of emergency. They're good enough to get you home. I've saved a few friends rides with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    I reuse Shimano and KMC links a couple times. Should you? Technically no. But I've never had one break. I've only ever broke a chain once (not at a quick link).

    I have an ultrasonic cleaner and use it occasionally for chains and cassettes. I get a lot of miles from a chain, and rarely clean it. So usually half life I put it in the ultrasonic for a good clean.
    Here's a tip: Put the chain in a zip lock back. Fill the bag with simple green. Put that in your ultrasonic cleaner filled with just water. It works just as well and clean up is a snap. You cleaner doesn't get dirty at all.

    I keep a couple used ones in my bag in case of emergency. They're good enough to get you home. I've saved a few friends rides with them.
    and how/where do you discard the Simple green sludge afterward? All the guys i know use rags to clean their chains and they just throw it in the trashcan, ugh not environmently friendly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    and how/where do you discard the Simple green sludge afterward? All the guys i know use rags to clean their chains and they just throw it in the trashcan, ugh not environmently friendly?
    I pour it in with my motor oil when I take it to recycle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    I pour it in with my motor oil when I take it to recycle.
    You're polluting the waste stream when you do that!

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    As long as you have to snap the link together with force, like having to stand on a pedal, I think the link is still good.

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