1st September 2017

Revealing How We Do Chain Cleaning – and Lubing Too

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Chain cleaning needn’t be challenging. Graham from our Edinburgh shop shows you how to perform this routine bike maintenance drill in 5 minutes on our latest video.

But what if you’ve let your transmission go? Your chain, cogs, jockey wheels and chainrings are completely gunged up and you would really rather not go near them? (Despite the best of intentions, most of us have been there.) Our Service Centres (we have one at every Bike Co-op shop) are equipped to offer a full drivetrain cleaning service.

Drivetrain Cleaning Service

Rather than simply cleaning the drivetrain in situ,  a mechanic will don a fresh pair of latex gloves and remove the gear mechs, chainset, cassette and chain. All these parts will be individually blasted with degreaser in a parts’ washer tank, scrubbed, surgically cleaned and dried before being refitted to the bike. The standard charge for this service is just £15. Our drivetrain cleaning service is extremely popular so we recommend that you book in advance by phoning us on 0845 257 0808 or 0131 331 5010.

Why Bother?

The chain is the beating heart of the bicycle. A clean, lubricated chain runs smoother and quieter and makes riding your bike a more enjoyable experience. Regular cleaning and lubing can boost the chain’s life expectancy by a factor or 3. Even more important, a dirty unlubricated chain will wear out more expensive parts, such as the chainrings and cassette, far quicker.

I remember reading (so many years ago, I’ve forgotten where) that the humble bicycle chain accounts for more than half your bicycle’s moving parts. It therefore pays to look after it. Your bank balance and your trouser cuffs will concur.

Products used in our video

GT85 LubricantGT85 Lubricant

  • GT85 is a very light, penetrative lubricant with PTFE.
  • Doubles as a protective polish that leaves a dirt-resistant Teflon finish on the frame.
  • Doubles as a household/auto lube and water dispersant.

Our cleaning products

3 comments on “Revealing How We Do Chain Cleaning – and Lubing Too

  1. Giles Pargiter on

    This PTFE stuff – very dodgy – oil industry, high tech pollution. Alternative; Vegetable cooking oil; totally organic, bio-degradable, non-polluting, cheap alternative. We found using it on chainsaw chains – less than half the price and chains actually last longer (to our surprise).

    • Edinburgh Bicycle Coop on

      Dear Giles,

      As with your previous post about our helmet video, we rejoice in the diversity of our cycling community.

      I must admit to never having used cooking oil on a bike chain, but I can only imagine it would be messier and harder to clean, so I’ll stick with bicycle lube. As for dry PTFE lube, it’s even cleaner and I think any cyclist can use it with a clear conscience, knowing that they would be unlikely to consume more than a couple of litres of it in a whole lifetime of cycling.




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