Words: Ben Milivojevic                                                                                Photos: Ben Sykes

You chain is one of the hardest working mechanical components on your bicycle, so it pays to ensure it is well maintained. A contaminated chain will accelerate the wear rate thus leading to a worn out drivetrain before you know it. With a really dirty old drivetrain Ben from Bicycle Mechanic Training Institute (BMTI) showed how you can still get it really clean again.
Things you will need

  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Large brush
  • Park Tool Cyclone (or similar)
  • Citrus based degreaser
  • Chain lube
  • Garden hose
  • Open space
  • Clean rag

Q & A

What lube should I use?

1. Dry Lube – thin lubricant that has low mileage but won’t bring the trail home with you.
2 . Wet Lube – thick lubricate that has long mileage but will bring the trail home with you.
3. Wax Lube – super thick cream that is dry to touch. Long lasting but not the easiest to clean.

When should I be cleaning my drivetrain?

This will depend on what lubricant you use and how often you ride. A sign that your drivetrain needs a clean would be that your chain sounds gritty when pedalling or leaves big black marks on your hand when you touch it.