mjr wrote:Doesn't simply running the chain through the wipe while the chain is still on the bike leave a load of crud on the outside of the inner plates and inside of all plates? Am I doing something wrong, needing a brush to clean those spaces?
You don;t want to arrive at the point where you have "crud" inside the plates.
I think that would mean pretty much not cycling in sandy coastal areas like this, so that's not going to happen. Even when I had a chaincase, the chain still managed to get sand in it, blown in through the small gaps by the crank or the drainage holes.
Gattonero wrote:Time for a complete degrease then. After that, you ought to have the chain clean as a whistle, and from then a frequent wipe-off with a rag will prevent the build up of dirt, so the need for a complete degrease of the drivetrain will be rare.
But again, how does wiping off the outside with a rag remove anything from the insides of the links? Cleaning the outside of the chain seems like mostly cosmetic, with maybe some help keeping clean the things that touch it, like the edges of derailleurs. It seems like the insides where dirt does damage.
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