What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Just curious what the best way is to restore a rusty bike chain?

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

how "rusty" is it? i'd guess just clean it and let it soak in something to clean it, then use some chain lube or chain grease. it should be ok after that.

try something like wd40 or even carb cleaner ... maybe a wire brush on it ... then maybe let it soak overnight in some gasoline.

unless you get a better suggestion ...

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

jamie leonard /

I actually got most of the rust from mine by running the moped, spraying wd40 on it (after giving it a half hour soak in wd40) while the chain was spinning - caution however, don't be behind the bike while doing it as it will spray rust and wd40 all over the place! :)

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

I like Jamie's Idea. The only thing is, it isn't my drive chain, it is the measley pedal chain. I guess I with have to scrub it with a wire brush, and WD40. Thanks guys.

Chris

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

You guys got it all wrong soak it in gas put it back on your bike then light a match all your problems will just burn away.

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Just get a bicycle link puller and yank it. Get a new chain from a bike shop or walmart. Bring in the old one, because I don't remember if it's the same as 10 speed or coaster brake chain. It shouldn't cost more than $5 if you go to the right place.

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Hey, Walker, are you related to Todd Fergeson?

What kind of a knucklehead lights a chain on fire while it's on your bike---

Great advice----if you want more troubles

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

don't get a new chain. the chain is easily cleaned and totally usable. and don't light it on fire.

man ... we need a road trip to that damned middle school and root those little pests out.

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Actually Miguel, Walker isn't one of those little bastards. It is Brian, one of the Cincy Moped army members. He was just messing with me a little bit? I think this is his first time posting. He has been trying to learn the computer by reading books and using software. You gotta learn how to use one someday!

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Hey,Walker! Now we know why you're a WALK-er!

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

chris got it

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Crisis! I want to tell Brian that gas goes in mopeds and cars and matches should not be used by little fellows except to light a wood-stove or charcoal grill.Better make sure he is aware of what gasoline will do to him,Crisis..About the chain,I agree that you should get a new one at Wal-Mart or from Ike.Brian? You listening?

Re: Save it for the trash

mbartell has it right.

Get a coasterbrake bicycle chain and the chain breaker. Take off links to get the same number as on the present chain.

If you have ever had a bicycle chain brake, GUYS, it's a scary experience to come close to becoming a soprano over a $5.00 part.

A rusty chain is a weak chain and WILL break when you need it most.

Jim

Re: Save it for the trash

sure ... but it depends on how rusty ... and how the chain would hit you. fortunately, minarelli design has that covered (no way the chain would go up towards you ... it'd go out and wrech your leg instead. ;-)

Re: Save it for the trash

Matt-Cincy /

i like walkers idea ;D

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

I soaked the chain on my 1948 Whizzer in used motor oil for over a year! while i was restoring the rest of the bike. When i took it out of the oil , i just wiped it off with a rag and worked the stuck links back and forth until they were free as i could get them and put it on the bike. That was 2 years ago and it hasn`t broke yet!! Yes, i know...most people cant wait for a year for a chain to soak in motor oil! This chain is 53 years old!!!

Re: What is the best way to save a rusty chain?

Ha! You beat up on `Father Time',Ike! I'm surprised that `ol chain didn't come apart in your hands,let alone propel the bike.

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