The bicycle chain can get dirty for various reasons, sometimes something as simple as the terrain you choose to drive on can cause dirt to build up. Knowing how to clean the chain efficiently can help reduce wear and tear.
Dirt in a bicycle chain tends to decrease the power and efficiency of the bike. Cleaning a bicycle chain will not only help restore shine, it will also prevent the accumulation of grease and dirt, which can result in a chain that works better and lasts longer. A clean chain allows you to make the smoothest changes and increases the life of other parts of the bike, which will save you time and money in the future.
Jason Smith, owner of “Friction Facts”, has conducted a study where he showed that on average, dirty chains can decrease efficiency by approximately 3-5W to 220w of power. He stated, “Let’s say that a clean and properly lubricated chain consumes 7W, a dirty chain can decrease 3W additional friction”.
It is better to use cleaning products that are specially made for bicycles.
Remember to use specific materials to clean the bicycle, other types of degreasers can damage the structure of your chain.
You should inspect the chain links to see if dirt, rust, and/or tight links are accumulating.