Bike Care – How to Clean Your Bike Chain

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jason from Revolution Cycles demonstrates how to clean your bike chain.

    Revolution Cycles

    Revolution Cycles was originally established in Georgetown in 1997, and has since expanded to bring the owners’ more than 40 years of experience to three additional locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan region: First to the heart of Clarendon, and eventually arriving in Rockville, MD and Stafford, VA. Our customers come from all aspects of the cycling community, from children getting their first two-wheeler to the racer looking to upgrade; from couples considering their first new bike since college to the hard-working courier in need of a quick fix. Our customers are the backbone of our business and we appreciate the confidence they place in us to provide them with an outstanding experience. Our commitment to service and excellence has resulted, among numerous other awards, in our being named one of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’ Top 100 Bicycle Dealer each year since the award’s inception in 2004. We are also honored to be the official bike shop for maintaining and acquiring bicycling equipment for the US Secret Service -- including the White House, Naval Observatory and Foreign Mission divisions. We provide the same services for several other law enforcement agencies including the US Capitol Police, The National Institute of Health, US Mint Police, George Washington University Police, sections of the National Park Service, and several local Washington metropolitan area police agencies. Thank you for your support and for giving us the opportunity to earn your business. Please check out our website for more information regarding the products we carry and our locations.

    Jason: Hi! My name is Jason from Revolution Cycles.

    Before you lubricate your chain, you want to clean the chain as best as possible; this will keep it running as smoothly as possible. The easiest way to do that is with some type of rag or brush. In this instance, I have a clean rag here and cleaning agent of choice, and most shops will have a plethora of cleaning agents to choose from. In particular, we want to concentrate on is a biodegradable nontoxic substance, so you dont hurt your skin or the environment in using the product. What you want to do is just apply the product to the chain itself. This is a foaming cleaning agent; you just apply it just like this. Then you can grab the chain with your hand, wrap the rag around it, and like you are doing when you are lubricating the chain, just backwards pedal through the rag, and continue to do this until all the debris and excess lubricant, whatever is on the chain has been cleaned off. You can grab the outsides of the chain as well as the insides with the rag and it does a really good job of getting all the debris off the chain before you apply a lubricant. And just continue to do this until all visible dirt is off the chain.