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    Gunk on Chain

    So I just cleaned and lubed my chain yesterday afternoon after a day in the dirt and mud.

    Today I am seeing this junk on my chain. I’ve only ridden to work and back. It rubs off. Assuming dust and dirt sticking to my lube? It’s pretty tacky stuff.

    I’ve noticed this same stuff previously, but I guess never this soon after cleaning. I’m trying to be way more diligent than I previously have been with chain maintenance. Should I stop worrying or get some new lube?
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    What kind of lube? O-ring chain or normal? It looks a lot like rust, which doesn't make much sense so soon after......UNLESS the rust was already there inside a stock chain and the lube worked it loose, or you power-washed the chain. (Don't EVER do that!) Do yourself a favor and get a Z-ring chain if you don't already have one.
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    You can rub it off by hand or you need to scratch it with something hard?
    It looks like rust to me,but it't too much rust to form in such a short period, I think............
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    Is it the same colour as the mud you were riding in?
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    i would try a different lub, one for off road use. the lub for road use is more tacky and attracts dirt. i use a wax spray, but it builds up after a while and is hard to clean
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    So it's similar to the mud color I was riding in, but not exactly. Also when I have previously noticed this same color, I hadn't ridden in that mud/spot. The stuff seems to rub off easily with my fingers—no scraping necessary. It's very greasy on my fingers when I do so. Tis odd. I've been pretty good about cleaning the chain after any dirty/muddy adventures, and even just through normal riding. I mean, at least once every couple of weeks I am cleaning and lubing the chain. The rear sprocket also has some dark junk building up since then as well. Maybe I put too much lube on to begin with, and it's causing a ton of build-up?

    It's BelRay Chain Lube. I believe it's just for standard chains, but I don't remember seeing anything specifically listed on the bottle—I've had it for years though.

    I don't power-wash it, just use the Jet/Shower settings on my standard hose. I guess it's possible the "jet" may be a little too much for the chain? Though I believe this was the first time I actually used the hose/jet setting directly on the chain and I had seen the stuff build up previously as well...

    I'm thinking I may find some different lube, clean and start again. If it continues, I guess I'll upgrade the chain.
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    Well, it “could be” that having introduced your stock chain to a world of water (which doesn’t take a lot of doing – streams, puddles, hose pipe etc), it’s now puking up the rust from inside the rollers, which combined with the ever present dust, (and the fresh lube), is now sticking to the outside and discolouring it

    It might last another five yards, it might go on for thousands of miles – but I’d suggest a new “X” ring or “Z” ring chain would be a “wise investment” at this point

    Say goodbye to that old chain, and with it, you say goodbye to constant adjustment, cleaning – the money saved on lube alone would pay for it in the long run. But please, say goodbye to hitting the chain with a hose first. Any chain relies on oil, all water does is complicate things – all you’re doing is filling the gaps in the OEM rollers with water

    An X ring chain is designed to stop this from happening ……
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Well, it “could be” that having introduced your stock chain to a world of water (which doesn’t take a lot of doing – streams, puddles, hose pipe etc), it’s now puking up the rust from inside the rollers, which combined with the ever present dust, (and the fresh lube), is now sticking to the outside and discolouring it

    It might last another five yards, it might go on for thousands of miles – but I’d suggest a new “X” ring or “Z” ring chain would be a “wise investment” at this point

    Say goodbye to that old chain, and with it, you say goodbye to constant adjustment, cleaning – the money saved on lube alone would pay for it in the long run. But please, say goodbye to hitting the chain with a hose first. Any chain relies on oil, all water does is complicate things – all you’re doing is filling the gaps in the OEM rollers with water

    An X ring chain is designed to stop this from happening ……
    Right on. I mean, I kind of figured that is where this was going. Thanks all for the POVs. Appreciate the time. I'll try and remember to update this post when I am officially new-chained
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    Can't go wrong with a new chain and sprockets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elime View Post
    Can't go wrong with a new chain and sprockets.
    Well, I've only had the bike since February. Do I really need new sprockets already as well? I mean, if I was planning on adjusting the teeth, it would make since to do it now, but if I don't want to spend the $$ ... wondering if it's necessary. I can't imagine they have that much wear on them yet?
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