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    Chain always rusty?
    on: Jan 18, 2023, 03.02 pm
    Jan 18, 2023, 03.02 pm
    Hello!

    Sorry for the low effort post, I'm looking for some advice regarding my chain.

    I live near the coast and I'm pretty regular with chain maintenance, however the chain is constantly rusty and looking as the picture is here.

    I don't often ride in the rain or the cold weather as there is grit on the road and causes even more rust.

    I'm using tru-tension chain cleaner. It appears as the rust is only surface rust and there aren't any seized links.



    I'd appreciate any advice!

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #1 on: Jan 18, 2023, 03.46 pm
    Jan 18, 2023, 03.46 pm
    I would say not enough lube oil. I am using IPONE Road Chain Care Kit https://www.fc-moto.de/en/IPONE-Road-Chain-Care-Kit every 1000km and the chain looks fine, no rust.
     

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #2 on: Jan 18, 2023, 04.31 pm
    Jan 18, 2023, 04.31 pm
    *Originally Posted by Merrick [+]
    I would say not enough lube oil. I am using IPONE Road Chain Care Kit https://www.fc-moto.de/en/IPONE-Road-Chain-Care-Kit every 1000km and the chain looks fine, no rust.

    That could the the case! I probably should just slather it on at this point. Lubes cheaper than a chain and it's getting near needing replacement just with the rust alone.

    I'll grab a can of ipone as well if lathering up more of what I have doesn't help.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #3 on: Jan 18, 2023, 06.03 pm
    Jan 18, 2023, 06.03 pm
     The OEM chain is a good quality chain and will last a long time if looked after.
     However it has no protectiive plating and rusts for fun, so you have to keep it coated with your lube of choice. I use gear oil but there are a 1001 different products that will work just fine. Just ensure you don't let it dry out.
     Your chain will clean up with a stiff brush and a scrub with some WD40. I wouldn,t recommend a wire brush or else you may damage the o-rings

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #4 on: Jan 18, 2023, 06.29 pm
    Jan 18, 2023, 06.29 pm
    *Originally Posted by Cazzy_R [+]
    The OEM chain is a good quality chain and will last a long time if looked after.
     However it has no protectiive plating and rusts for fun, so you have to keep it coated with your lube of choice. I use gear oil but there are a 1001 different products that will work just fine. Just ensure you don't let it dry out.
     Your chain will clean up with a stiff brush and a scrub with some WD40. I wouldn,t recommend a wire brush or else you may damage the o-rings

    Yeah I have found that this chain seems to be more of an issue than other bikes I've had. I've got a chain brush and it does come off well with it bit of elbow grease and chain cleaner, though comes back rapidly.

    I do think my issue is being too tight with the lube spray. I'll get it cleaned up tomorrow and see if it lasts any longer with some TLC.

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #5 on: Jan 19, 2023, 02.32 am
    Jan 19, 2023, 02.32 am
    The cleaners remove whatever corrosion protection you have.   Maybe use them for getting all that iron oxide off but then you are just going to need to keep it coated.   I'm a gear oil kind of guy but if I were in your shoes I might try some of the other options. 



    Maxima Chain Wax looks pretty good.   

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #6 on: Jan 19, 2023, 09.51 am
    Jan 19, 2023, 09.51 am
    I live a couple of km from the coast in a warm humid environment (no salting the roads) and the only chain I have had go rusty was an abused dirt bike chain. My road bikes do not go rusty especially since I follow a routine.

    about every 5 - 6 hundred km I lube the chain. I leave it sit about 5 minutes and then wipe off the excess with a rag, this prevents any fling which makes cleaning the bike a LOT easier / quicker. When I do this I also check to see if the chain is clean and tensioned.

    I clean the chain approx 4 to 5 thousand km OR when dirty.

    To clean the chain I use a chain cleaner spray and brush then wipe down with a rag. I repeat until no black residue is left when spraying on the cleaner. Then I lube the chain.

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #7 on: Jan 19, 2023, 10.58 am
    Jan 19, 2023, 10.58 am
    *Originally Posted by MaverickAus [+]
    about every 5 - 6 hundred km I lube the chain. I leave it sit about 5 minutes and then wipe off the excess with a rag, this prevents any fling

    Any fling or almost any fling? What chain lube do you use?

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #8 on: Jan 19, 2023, 11.12 am
    Jan 19, 2023, 11.12 am
    *Originally Posted by MaverickAus [+]
    I live a couple of km from the coast in a warm humid environment (no salting the roads) and the only chain I have had go rusty was an abused dirt bike chain. My road bikes do not go rusty especially since I follow a routine.

    about every 5 - 6 hundred km I lube the chain. I leave it sit about 5 minutes and then wipe off the excess with a rag, this prevents any fling which makes cleaning the bike a LOT easier / quicker. When I do this I also check to see if the chain is clean and tensioned.

    I clean the chain approx 4 to 5 thousand km OR when dirty.

    To clean the chain I use a chain cleaner spray and brush then wipe down with a rag. I repeat until no black residue is left when spraying on the cleaner. Then I lube the chain.


    If you're in a similar environment to me, then I'm probably doing it wrong for it too go back as rusty as it is. I had a shaft drive before hand so I need to learn to be more liberal with the cleaner and the lube.

    I'm going to get it sorted today and apply ACF 50 to the bike  :001:

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    Re: Chain always rusty?
    Reply #9 on: Jan 19, 2023, 11.52 am
    Jan 19, 2023, 11.52 am
    *Originally Posted by 3alfa3 [+]
    Any fling or almost any fling? What chain lube do you use?

    I'll say none, I mean it's possible I might get the odd spot but when I wash the bike (since I started chain care as described) I haven't had to coat the rear wheel, swingarm, bodywork with degreaser before I wash the bike. I was using Motul Factory Line until I watched the video above, now I use the Regina

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