& Tom Deakins
The ShelBroCo Bicycle Chain Cleaning System
Unfortunately, there's no "free lunch" in bicycle maintenance, and all of these existing systems are fundamentally mono-buttocked kluges.
The only proper way to clean a bicycle chain is to disassemble it, otherwise there is no way to be sure you've thoroughly cleaned and properly lubricated the critical internal parts where chain wear occurs.
Similarly, there's no way to apply correct lubrication to an assembled chain, since the rollers have different lubrication needs than the link articulation pins do!
If you will be using replacement pins or Powerlinks to reassemble the chain, drive the pins all the way through and discard them.
Ready to go! Tom is all set, properly protected, with a supply of:
|1. Soak entire chain overnight in
|2. Clean each piece thoroughly with
Shelbrothane Cleaning Solvent
|3. Clean each roller using a cotton swab
||4. Clean each inner plate hole using a pipe cleaner
|5. Rinse each piece thoroughly with Deakinol Rinsing Solvent|
Serious cyclists, who value performance and are willing to take the time to do a job correctly use grease, but, of course, disassembly is required to access the surfaces that need to be greased.
If you're a cheapskate, you can use the same grease for both the pins and the rollers, but if you want to do it right, you will use:
|6. Lubricate each roller using
Deakins White RollerGrease
|7. Lubricate each inner plate hole using
Phil Wood green grease
Real Cyclists, however, eschew such penny-pinching compromises, and use the correct lubricant for each application, even if it is a bit more trouble.
Note, if you use this option, you don't need to clean the outer links or chain pins, because these are replaced by the Power Links (cost $102.60).
|The co-inventor of the ShelBroCo Bicycle Chain Cleaning System,
and inventor of Nanodrive, Product W, Carrababy,
Tork-Grip Universal Torque Wrench, Real MAN Saddles,
Symmetrispokes, the Geomagnetic Booster, and
POWerwheels, Sheldon "Genius, But Modest" Brown
|George Brown photo|
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