Product review: Park Tools CG-2 chain cleaner
My bike has gotten really filthy this winter, what with salty slush and snow and some mud. This causes the chain to malfunction (not shift gears smoothly) and wear prematurely. In the past, I’ve simply removed the chain and dropped it in my ultrasonic cleaner. But I can’t find the damn thing. I mean I can’t find the ultrasonic cleaner – the chain is quite easy to find.
So I used a Park Tool CG-2 chain cleaner tool with a citrus degreaser. For 26 bucks it did a nice job, though not as thorough as an ultrasonic cleaner. Ran a couple hot-water rinses through to rinse off the degreaser, then washed my bike in the back yard, and it’s drying in the basement behind my desk now. It’s especially important to wash salt off of aluminum-framed bikes.
When it’s thoroughly dry I’ll lubricate the chain with Clean Ride and the rest of the parts on the bike with a Teflon-based lubricant. I always heat up the Clean Ride before applying it. Another recommended chain lube is Boeshield T-9, which has many other uses as well. I prefer the little applicator bottle over the spray.
Clean Ride is supposed to make your chain self-cleaning but there was still some original-equipment oil on this chain when I started using it, so it got filthy anyway. If you have any kind of wheel brakes be careful not to let chain lube get on your wheels. I have disc brakes so there’s less chance of a lubricant-related braking problem.