The chain on the pink machine is so rusty... This is a-new-chain by "new chain" standards. Got it from LBS back in December as I was putting this build together. SRAM single speed chain to be exact.
I've only cleaned it once before - a couple of weeks ago. Took chain off and submitted it to a sonic cleaner bath. Was so nice and warm and clean - then I lubed it... and just this week, back at it again.
The puddles on the Dearborn bike lane and the Lake Shore Trail have punishment in the form of salty brine puddles.
The chain is ok though. It doesn't sound like it is grinding yet. It will get another dose of TLC tomorrow night after the 22 mile commute home. I will also clean out the ENO hub, cog, chainring, drivetrain. It will be ready for another week of highly recommended bicycle commute punishment.
Show us your rusty chains.
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There is no still picture of this but there is a movie. That movie shows the chain getting dirty, getting clean, getting dirty, getting clean, rinse, wash, repeat.
KMC makes a "Rust-Buster" series of chains that do not rust. I have had the single speed variety on my winter bike for about 6 years I think and it never had a spot of rust. I just changed the chain (due to stretch) with a SRAM PC-1 that I had lying around and it had a patina of rust after its first ride.
The single speed Z410RB RUST-BUSTER works great and is cheap, about $10. I can't speak to their multi-speed version of the chain as I've not used one but KMC makes really nice chains so I imagine that they would do just as well.
Oh yes! I think I'll have to get this chain. The SRAM was what I got because it was inexpensive.
Just got a brand new chain, crank and cassette put on one of my bikes yesterday, at Comrad Cycles. They always do great work.
Home brew, 50% motor oil/50% mineral spirits, cheap enough to wipe down and oil the chain every day if needed.