What Products shall I use to Clean my chain and lubricate it? (not overpriced specialist stuff)

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Found 21st Apr
I Commute to work on a E-bike and want to keep it maintaint as best I can,

So I assume I need a Degreaser which I spray on and leave for 5 minutes then wash with water and soap, wait till it drys and then lubricate it?

What products can I use for best value for money, don't like the look of muc off and that seems overpriced normal products with a dash of something else to make it sound special?

heard WD40 is good for... degreaser or lubricant?


be great to get some people who have been using bikes for years for advice
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You will need degreaser and lube - lube comes in 2 flavours wet for winter and dry for summer.

To make cleaning easier I use a tool, if you search 3d scrubber set on eBay you will see at under £4.

As to wd40 if you mean traditional spray then that is more a solvent than lubricant and is good for penetration of rust. They do have other bike products though.

Gt85 I use as a cheat to spray down after a ride where it needs cleaning but am too shattered (like getting home at midnight having ridden back in a huge downpour).

N.b. didn' look close but Halfords had a bucket of cleaning stuff reduced to £20
This one

Also look to biking subscriptions as they entice with introductory offers - on here you will find last month £40 crankalicious cleaning kit was bundled with a £5 cycling pro subscription trial.
Like this - kudos to OP arthurdent1


Edit: link for muc off cleaning guide This plus chain cleaning tool is my ideal
Edited by: "Bertz99" 21st Apr
Can I just add, don't use any soap or water.
Can you not just use Motorcycle chain lube? If it's good enough for a 180Mph superbike it should be fine for an E-Bike

For non bikers info this stuff is a spray on sticky lubricant that doesn't fling off when the chain rotates.
I use chain cleaning tool attach to the chain with degreaser and spin does a great job
Uridium16 m ago

Can you not just use Motorcycle chain lube? If it's good enough for a …Can you not just use Motorcycle chain lube? If it's good enough for a 180Mph superbike it should be fine for an E-BikeFor non bikers info this stuff is a spray on sticky lubricant that doesn't fling off when the chain rotates.


Forums suggest that those that have tried motorbike lubes find them impeding use by being too sticky with the smaller forces and tolerances on pedal bikes. There then is discussions on how to thin motorbike lubes down.
Parafin and an old rag. Will come up like new. Cheap as chips too.
Any light oil is better than nothing. But specialist dry or wet lube is best. Have a look in your local Aldi, they keep having offers on bike stuff.
Creatishh21st Apr

Why


1 Degrease

2 Wash down with water

3 Dry

4 Lube
Edited by: "_Enzo_" 21st Apr
_Enzo_6 h, 59 m ago

1 Degrease2 Wash down with water3 Dry4 Lube


He said don't use any water
Creatishh21st Apr

He said don't use any water


Maybe because your bike is electric he said that? you can use a spray bottle so you don't get any on the electrics water washes off the chemicals from the degreaser liquid I've always done it my chains in tip condition
_Enzo_5 m ago

Maybe because your bike is electric he said that? you can use a spray …Maybe because your bike is electric he said that? you can use a spray bottle so you don't get any on the electrics water washes off the chemicals from the degreaser liquid I've always done it my chains in tip condition


I'm currently taking battery off and then wraping the two connections in bags, Im not drenching that area using a bucked and sponge on frame ect, I spoke to halfords and they have not said anything about other parts being septable to water damage although they could be wrong obvcourse, there is not much information online discussing what you should and shouldt do cleaning ebikes, bit annoying
_Enzo_15 m ago

Maybe because your bike is electric he said that? you can use a spray …Maybe because your bike is electric he said that? you can use a spray bottle so you don't get any on the electrics water washes off the chemicals from the degreaser liquid I've always done it my chains in tip condition



Nothing to do with the electrics as they will be OK, Water on any metal isn't good. Part of the chain oils job is to keep water off it.

Keep an eye on the teeth on the sprockets as these wear fast on electric bikes. If you find your chain starts comming off a lot then thats a sign that they are worn.
markvirgo1 h, 20 m ago

Nothing to do with the electrics as they will be OK, Water on any metal …Nothing to do with the electrics as they will be OK, Water on any metal isn't good. Part of the chain oils job is to keep water off it.Keep an eye on the teeth on the sprockets as these wear fast on electric bikes. If you find your chain starts comming off a lot then thats a sign that they are worn.


I was a former mechanic and I have also been shown by a local bike shop yes water is bad for metal when you leave it on as it will rust obviously you need to wash the degreaser off the chain with water leaving it on risks corrosion as soon as you have washed the degreaser of the chain you then dry it with a old rag holding it over the chain tight and spining pedals backwards in till dry then leave bike for 5 mins then you either apply dry lube or wet lube I use dry in the summer wet in the winter.... degreaser only needs to be on the chain 10 to 15 mins I spin my chain with the chain cleaning bristles attached chain cleaners with bristles are fairly cheap
Edited by: "_Enzo_" 21st Apr

Here a video explains fully about degreasing
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