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Rusty Bike Chain Answered

Hey guys, my bike chain has gotten rusted from being outside, to the point where I really can't ride it. Should I buy a new chain or can I take apart the chain and the gears it rests on and clean them with something? If I should buy a new chain completely, how much will that cost and where can I get one? If I should clean up the individual parts, can someone make an instructable on it or just provide basic instructions for the do's and dont's? Thanks in advance, -Rob.

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CrawdadMan (author)2009-10-06

Get 2 litre of coke. Put an ounce of citrus degreaser up in there. Pop the chain in. Let it sit. Bada Bing Bada Boom, Spankin clean chain. Ooh did I mention that that TOTALLY DESTROYS RUST!

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sharlston (author)2009-09-21

remove the bike chain with a chain breaker then soak in paint stripper and rub the rust off with a wire brush then wash under water to remove all the spirits then soak in light oil for a day or so and put it back on the bike and re lube evry month and cover the nike up with a bike cover when outside for a chain breaker nget the cheapest one from ebay

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NachoMahma (author)2008-02-29

. Soak the chain in light oil for a few days. Nowhere near as good as a new chain, but it will get you back on the road. If it's rusted real bad, soaking in mineral spirits first may help. . You _can_ disassemble the chain, but it requires a special tool and you would probably need to break every link - very time consuming. A new chain would probably be a better choice. . Clean the gears with a wire brush and add grease. . All in all, if you plan to do much riding, a new chain is the way to go. Not sure how much they cost nowadays, but you should be able to find them anywhere that sells bikes. . While you're at it, inspect and lube the rest of the bike, especially the cables.

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sharlston (author)NachoMahma2009-09-21

breakijgn every link would weaken it

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killerjackalope (author)2008-02-29

Nachomahma has the answer, if you do only need the bike for light riding then cleaning the chain up isn't that bad. Going over it with a powerful penetrating oil and a wire brush, followed by a soak in oil for a few days then good lubrication will leave it ridable though...

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