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I want to clean my drive chain. Can anyone recommend a good chain/cog de-greasing cleaning agent, pre oiling and lubricating. I have heard or read somewhere that WD40 is harmful to the chain. Also is there a cheap household cleaner I can use as opposed to the expensive dedicated bike chain de-greasers.
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From one of the pro team mechanics and now for the life of me I can't remember, keep it simple. Use Dish soap on a sponge rinse well and lube :D WD-40 is good to use to clean the chain and not as a lube.
 

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Dish washing soap!!! now that makes sense with its cutting through grease qualities, excellent, thanx for that Rola
 

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Any kind of de greaser will work for cleaning the chain. I have never tried, but will in a few minutes gunk the engine degreaser. Usually I use simple green. It works, its cheap and rinses easier than dish washing liquid for me. WD 40 is a great solvent, but its not a lub. Make sure that once you have cleaned the chain you re oil it well with a quality bike chain oil. Yeah I used 10 30 motor oil as a kid, but back then we tore up a bike before we wore out a bike. Use the right stuff and your chain will repay you with a longer life and more trouble free service.
 

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My favorite dish soap to use is Dawn. It takes grease out of your way. 8)
 

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I use White Lightning, as per the instructions, saturate chain, wipe thoroughly, repeat until the chain is clean (once or twice, depending on how dirty the chain was to begin with).

I clean cogs and rings occasionally with a Park Tool cog brush, no solvent.
 
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