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I use a brass brush and kerosene on my chains (both bicycle and motorcycle). it works great and i have never had a problem. i have read that WD40 is inadvisable on o-ring chains, as it can displace the lubrication behind the o-rings. not sure how accurate that is. My neighbor cleans his chain with WD40, and it hasn't flown off the bike while running yet...


You can buy a special tool to clean the chain, it is normally circular/spiral shaped and you twist the brush as it runs along the length of the chain. Also, you can purchase a special chain lube tool, that basically hugs the chain and has a hole to insert a straw.


I would use something like WD40, and a soft cloth to rub the rust away. Then apply the right amount of chain lubricant and you will be good to go. You can use a brass bristle brush, provided you do it gently like this guy in the video. A toothbrush will also work. This is light surface rust and IMHO nothing to worry about too much.


Gravel would be better than parking on dirt, mud, straight grass, or anything with a lot of water in it. However its not ideal. The problem is exactly as you state - water rises and slowly damages your price-and-joy. This may not be an issue if you trade up yearly, but personally my two cars are 26 and 42 years old. In order of best to worst Inside a ...

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