Rain strips the oil from your chain and makes it easier for it to pick up debris from the road. That means much more frequent cleaning and lubing requirements. A wax-based lube might be just the thing for your conditions.I live in Florida and ride in the rain constantly. I do 30 miles almost daily. What would you guys reccomend for that?
People definitely have differing views on the usefulness of chain cleaners. I ride a lot of dirt and hard-surface trails, so my chain gets nasty fast. I use a big-box store chain cleaner with straight-up Simple Green and rinse it in a strong solution of water and SG. Pass the whole chain through the cleaner 2-3x, empty the cleaner, rinse, repeat. The rinse gets the oil and nastiness off the cleaner's brushes so they can keep picking up more on the repeats. I go through a few cycles of scrub/rinse/repeat until the chain is nice and clean. Rinse the SG off with a bit of low pressure H2O, dry it, and apply oil.It is Los Angeles. Thanks for the recommendations. The LBS was offering a chain cleaner to use before applying the chain oil. It sounds like people have mixed opinions on whether this is necessary. Is my take on this correct?
Thanks for your interest! Simple Green, in my experience, is way cheaper than comparable degreaser/cleaners marketed for bikes. You also, in my experience, MUST have a way to flush the cleaner's brushes frequently. SG with some water in a bucket takes care of that quite nicely. Remember, though: NEVER mix unknown chemicals as you might make poison, even poison gas. It's unlikely but possible. If you use SG to rinse your cleaner's brushes, use it in the cleaner, too. If you can't flush/rinse the brushes regularly, you're not going to accomplish much.I got the chain cleaner also - haven't used it yet - for the bikes I use on the limestone - the roadies have never seen rain, mud, or dust really - how many miles newleaf should I consider before using the chain cleaner ? I only have a couple hundred miles on the bikes so far
PS - I like the Simply Green idea - the kit comes with a citrus based cleaner which will last about on cleaning I think for the two bikes - I am sure SG is cheaper by far