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Old July 28th 05, 11:02 AM
Mark
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Default Removing packing grease from Shimano chains

Hi

I fitted a new Shimano chain and cassette to my bike the other night.
I've only done 50 odd mile since installing them but this morning tried
to remove the packing grease so I could lubricate the chain normally (I
seem to remember this was the advised thing to do). After several rounds
of degreasing with everything I could find (Muc-off, fairy liquid,
citrus degreaser) the original grease was still liberally slathered all
over the chain.

I had a poke around here to see if anyone had a sure-fire way of
removing it and discovered that, at least according to previous threads,
the preferred plan now is to wipe off the excess grease and leave the
rest on the inside of the chain, cleaning as normal when it becomes
necessary. As I'd miserably failed to remove the grease I gave the chain
a quick rinse and a vigorous scrub with an old teatowel to remove the
excess, refitted it and put the bike back in the garage where I can
ignore it. I'll ride it until it needs a proper degrease and then
lubricate as usual.

What's the best way of removing the packing grease when the time comes?
I need to get tooled up in advance, it seems.

Thanks!

mark
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Old July 28th 05, 11:11 AM
LSMike
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What's the best way of removing the packing grease when the time comes?
I need to get tooled up in advance, it seems.

Thanks!

mark


http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

The "Sheldon Shake"

I'm converted - I used to use a chain cleaning machine, but this is both
quicker, longer lasting, and more effective, especially now I have
powerlinks on both my bikes.

I haven't tried chucking the chain in my ultrasonic cleaner yet, I might do
that the next time, it's about the best way for cleaning skate bearings.


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Old July 28th 05, 11:49 AM
John Hearns
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On Thu, 28 Jul 2005 10:11:01 +0000, LSMike wrote:



http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

The "Sheldon Shake"


I agree. See threads passim.
I found that a two-pint plastic milk container is good for this.
Just cut it apart with scissors to liberate the newly clean chain
after the shake.
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Old July 28th 05, 02:20 PM
Simon Brooke
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in message , Mark
') wrote:

I fitted a new Shimano chain and cassette to my bike the other night.
I've only done 50 odd mile since installing them but this morning tried
to remove the packing grease so I could lubricate the chain normally (I
seem to remember this was the advised thing to do). After several
rounds of degreasing with everything I could find (Muc-off, fairy
liquid, citrus degreaser) the original grease was still liberally
slathered all over the chain.


And if you leave it there it will probably continue to protect the chain
for a very long time. The leaflet which came with my latest Campag chain
recommended /never/ relubricating it - although I have to admit I
haven't followed their recommendation.

What's the best way of removing the packing grease when the time comes?
I need to get tooled up in advance, it seems.


The best way of degreasing a chain is the Sheldon Shake[tm]. A quick
google will find you the instructions.

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(Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

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Old July 28th 05, 02:33 PM
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Default Removing packing grease from Shimano chains

John Hearns wrote:

I found that a two-pint plastic milk container is good for this.
Just cut it apart with scissors to liberate the newly clean chain
after the shake.


Wide-necked Thornton's toffee jar. Recommended by dentists everywhere.

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Dave...

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Old July 30th 05, 04:36 AM
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Default Removing packing grease from Shimano chains

Mark wrote:

I fitted a new Shimano chain and cassette to my bike the other night.
I've only done 50 odd mile since installing them but this morning tried
to remove the packing grease so I could lubricate the chain normally (I
seem to remember this was the advised thing to do).


Not by me!

The original grease is better than any lubricant you can apply after
the fact, it is a Bad Idea to deliberately remove it. It's great
stuff, lasts a long time if you don't muck with it.

Sheldon "Don't Do It!" Brown
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