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You Ask/You Answer: Keeping a bike clean

"I am new to biking and I want to keep my machine in good condition but my chain is already looking worse for wear. Everyone seems to be giving me different advice on how to keep it clean such as: WD-40, paraffin, engine oil, cleaners, specific chain lubes and Scottoiler. What works best?" Your answer could help. The best will be...

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viaciofano

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viaciofano says:

clean and scott oiler

i started off life as a mechanic so know the chain had to be kept tensioned correctly. next is to keep it clean and lubed. i used to use my bikes and found around ten thousand miles was average for a new set of chain and sprockets. When I fitted a scott oiler the chain and sprockets lasted a few more thousand miles longer but more important was where i was adjusting the chain every couple of weeks. it doubled the length of time it needed tensioning again. i would recommend you keep the bike and chain clean. Keep the chain clean once in a while with a degreaser, then clean the chain with water, dry with a cloth and re oil. Or use a chain spray to keep it lubricated after. i have kept a list of the service items on my 916 which is up to 42k. i would always recommend a scott oiler or equivalent unless you can clean the chain after every trip and most important when it rains. thats when you need it most. in winter there is the salt on the roads. i forgot about this and have a rusty chain now. for ease of use any automatic device is a welcome addition. vinnychoff

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