By Robbie Ferri, Cyclist, Personal Trainer, and Group Exercise Instructor.
Cycling is an epic sport, and there’s nothing like going out on your
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Bike Chains Rust?
Rust occurs when iron or its own alloys such as steel basically corrode. Rust forms in the presence of oxygen and water or can even be caused by moisture in the air. The official term for rust is Iron Oxide FE203. An interesting fact about rust is that it is not always brown like many people assume. It can come in colors such as green when chlorine is present.
Bike Chains are prone to rust, which can happen very quickly, as quickly as overnight. A lot of people find
Not using Oil
Chains need oil to protect them. Unlike the rest of the
Not using the correct Oil
Not using your
bike for a long time
Like with anything metal, if it doesn’t get used much, then it can eventually get rusty. The oil on the chain removes itself, and moisture finds its way in and starts attacking your chain. Bikes are designed to be ridden, not to be left for years without use.
If you store your
How much Rust is too much Rust?
Some chains aren’t worth trying to save. If your chain has a bit of light surface rust, then you will be fine at cleaning it up and using it again. If the chain has lost the ability to move and is absolutely covered in rust, then it is probably past the point of no return, and you will require a new chain, or it will fall apart when you first use it.
My 3 Easy Methods to Remove Rust from your
There are many ways to remove rust from a
1. Lime or Lemon Juice and Elbow Grease
- Lime or Lemon Juice
- Steel Wool Pad
- Lube or Oil
The first step in this process is to get your
Get a bowl and pour lime juice in. Some people even use lemon juice. Providing it has a good acidic content, then it will help dissolve the rust. You can either have the chain on or remove the chain for this job. Having the chain off does make it much easier.
You are going to want to scrub the rust spots with a wool steel wool pad after dipping it in the lime. You will be able to see it dissolve as you scrub it, and this method will be highly effective. Don’t worry about scrubbing too hard. It will take a lot to cause any issues.
After you have finished scrubbing and the chain is looking much better, it’s time to start thinking about how to protect it. You will need to get the chain back on the
2. Coke and Soak
- Bottle of Coke
- Lube or Oil
- Chain Tool
The first step in the Coke and Soak process is to again clean the
Fill the tub with coke ensuring the chain is fully under and then leave it for a minimum of 24 hours. The coke will break down the rust overnight and cause it to disappear.
Once left for 24 hours, you’re going to want to remove the chain and clean it with water and wipe off any excess dirt with a cloth. You will notice a huge change in the color of the chain, and also, the color of the leftover coke will be brown and murky. We recommend getting this straight down the drain.
Now you’ll want to reattach the chain, and once attached, it’s time to get some lube or oil on it. Ensure you have enough to stop any rust but not too much that it will pick up a huge amount of dirt. Done!
3. WD-40 and Chain Drive
- Chain Cleaner Tool
- Cleaning Cloth
The first step is to get the chain degreased. If you get the
Once the WD-40 has soaked in, you’re now going to want to start prepping the chain cleaner. I would start by cleaning it out to ensure there’s no dirt that you will add to the chain. After cleaning, spray some WD-40 onto the rollers in the chain cleaner and put it onto the chain.
Run the chain cleaner through the whole chain for a minute or two and then remove the chain cleaner and wash off all the WD-40 making sure that none of the residues from cleaning it goes anywhere near your brakes. Use a cloth to make sure no dirt is left on.
Now you are going to need to lube or oil the chain and ensure it’s not going to get rusty again. Clean all the things you used and then put them away.
How to avoid your Chain getting Rusty
To avoid having to go through these cleaning processes, you can actually take many steps to stop your chain from getting rusty in the first place. Here are our top tips on keeping your chain from rusting.
Don’t leave it in places with moisture
The first thing you can do to stop rust is to store your
Use correct oil or lube for the job
It’s worth taking a bit of time to learn about different types of lube and oil for your
Clean and re-lube after every ride
Although after a ride typically, all you want to do is sit down and eat ominous amounts of food, it’s not always the best idea. Getting into a habit of washing the dirt off your
Nobody wants a rusty chain, but it does happen. It’s very easy to avoid, and if it does happen, using any of our methods above is a great solution to fixing that rusty chain. Thanks for reading.