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How to Clean a Bike Chain

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Keeping your bike chain clean helps it to perform better and last longer - read on to find out more.

How to Clean a Bike Chain

Regularly cleaning your bike's chain doesn't just help return your bike to its former gleaming glory; it also helps to prevent grease and dirt from building up, resulting in a chain that performs better and lasts longer. A clean chain leads to smoother gear changes, as well as slowing down the wear on other bike parts, saving you time, money and hassle.

What Do I Need?

It seems obvious, but now's a good time to make sure you always use cleaning products that have been made specifically for bikes, as other products can damage parts.

How To Clean a Bike Chain

  1. Stand your bike upright, or pop it on a bike work stand
  2. Dip your chain brush in the chain cleaner and use it to scrub the chain clean
  3. Rinse the chain with water
  4. Dry the chain with a cloth or rag
  5. Lubricate the chain by dripping lube into the links whilst slowly turning the pedals backwards
  6. Wipe off any excess lube with a rag - make sure it's a relatively clean one so you don't undo all your hard work!

Using a Bike Chain Cleaner Kit

Alternatively, you can use a bike chain cleaner kit. These are probably the easiest and quickest way to get your chain gleaming. Inexpensive and effective, these will thoroughly clean your chain and leave you time to do other things - like riding. Your cleaning kit should come with instructions, but here's a brief overview:

  1. Fill the reservoir with degreaser
  2. Clip the kit onto your bike chain
  3. Pass the chain through the kit so it's coated with cleaning fluid and the brushes do their job
  4. Rinse and dry the chain
  5. Lubricate the chain by dripping lube into the links, whilst slowly turning the pedals backwards
  6. Wipe off any excess lube with a clean rag

Bike Cleaning Products at Halfords

As well as chain cleaning products, Halfords has everything else you could need to keep your bicycle spotless. Use Click and Collect to reserve bike cleaning products online for collection in-store, or get them delivered direct to your home.


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