One of the most important maintenance activities concerning a bicycle is cleaning the chain. With the miles I put in, I have to attend to it every week or two. Anything that can make it faster and easier, I’m all over it. I read about a simple hack a while back that makes it so ridiculously quick (and easy) that I had to share it (now that I finally got around to actually putting it together)…
First, because I use Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube, all I need to clean the outside of the chain is a damp, soapy towel…. Then, to clean in between the plates and rollers, my new tool:
In the photo above, notice that I have the brushes separated a little bit. I did this for ease of cleaning after use. I simply put the brushes over the chain and squeeze. I worked them back an forth a little bit because I’m a little silly that way:
Sure enough, the chain isn’t perfect, but certainly quite clean (except that stupid plate right in the middle of the photo, because that’s just my dumb luck):
Anyway, cleaning the chain took a mere two minutes. I did, for the record, go back and get the offending plate. Sheesh.
Try it out, it’s as easy as it gets.