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Old 10-05-22, 07:42 AM
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Chain cleaning fluid reccos

Hello,
I have one of those Park Tool chain cleaning kits which attach to the chain and run it through a chamber full of fluid to get the chain nice and clean.
I have run out of fluid.
When I go online it seems there are different types of cleaner and mostly ones where you steep the part in the fluid which means taking the bike components off the bike.
Can someone recommend the correct fluid to be using with one of these chain cleaning tools.
Any help is gratefully received. Thank you.
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Old 10-05-22, 10:59 AM
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Whatever works in a drip and soak system will work with your chain cleaner except the strongest chemicals which might attack the plastic itself.

Though I've never been a fan of water/detergent cleaners, they might be your best option because on the bike chain cleaning is pretty messy, and it's easier to clean up that liquid then a mineral spirit type solvent.

Of course, if you were happy using what Park originally provided you can go back to their site and get info on what they recommend.
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Old 10-05-22, 11:29 AM
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A citrus cleaner is usually supplied with the chain cleaners I’ve seen.



I set a mortar tub under the chain and a thin flexible plastic cutting board behind the chain, into the tub. Compressed air and rags to help dry the chain before oiling.
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Old 10-06-22, 06:04 AM
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I use Dawn dish liquid, and it gets my chain as clean as any other degreaser that I have used.
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I find that for a quick degreasing while cleaning the rest of the bike, spray on degreaser and then soap and water work well. For a deep clean, removing the chain and putting it in a container with solvent, shaking it around a good bit, then air dry, gets the chain as clean as it is going to get. Leave the solvent in the container and it can be used numerous times. Also, it does not take that much solvent to work. A drop of oil on each link/pin, then wipe the chain with a rag and it helps to minimize the gunk build up. I tried waxing for a while, did not like it.
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I have tried everything in the Park tool I only use on the recumbent trike chain I ride a time or two every week due to the trike's very long chain. What works best has been OMS which is not difficult for me as my wife uses OMS in her art work so filtering, settling and disposing of the gunk is something I do anyway. If I did not handle OMS for other reasons I would use the water based approach, Dawn or one like the Park cleaner as it does nearly as nice a job and is much easier to handle. I use OMS in a glass bowl in a ultrasonic cleaner for my upright bike chains.
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Old 10-06-22, 07:43 AM
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Another vote for Odorless Mineral Spirits BUT, I'm pretty sure but not positive, that all the plastic pieces in your cleaner will be OK so hopefully one of the resident chemists will chime in. OMS will cut through chain gunk better than any water based cleaner and can be saved in a jar so that the gunk settles to the bottom and you can just pour off the clean solvent to be used over and over again. This is more environmentally friendly as well since you're not pouring gunk filled used cleaners down the drain or into your garden.
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I like to take the chain off soak in simple green. Then simple green the jockey wheels and chainring. That usually gets the drive train spotless. relube chain off the bike and remove the excess lube. A very light coating is best.
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So many great answers here I may try all of them!
Thank you.
I ended up using muc off spray eco cleaner which I sprayed onto the chain and cassette.
I then used the Park Tool with soapy water to do the chain and just a rag and soapy water for the cassette.
I then jet sprayed the lot and left to dry before lubing the chain.
Seems to have done the job.
Also, if anyone's interested, I looked on a few sites that rated different products and Juice Lubes name came up often so that may be another to try.
Thanks again for the replies.
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