Cleaning a bicycle chain can seem like a dirty and thankless task, but the regular removal of grit and grime will make the bike run smoother and save you money.
To clean a bicycle chain by hand, use an old toothbrush to scrub the links and then apply oil while you turn the pedals. Wipe away any excess lubricant with a dry cloth. The alternative is to use a chain cleaning machine like the Muc-Off X-3.
The kit uses abrasive cleaning teeth and rotating brush wheels to clean your chain as it passes through an enclosed reservoir. Any excess dirty fluid drops into a second lower reservoir so it’s kept away from the clean chain.
Muc-Off Drivetrain Cleaner is fully biodegradable and is safe to be disposed of down the drain if you previously used a bio chain lube.
Included in the kit is 75 ml of Muc-Off Drivetrain Cleaner.
Win a Muc-off Dirty Chain Machine
We have a Muc-off Dirty Chain Machine worth £29.99 to give away. If your bike’s chain has suffered in this week’s wet weather, leave us a comment below and we will pick a winner next week.
Environmentally friendly cycle insurance
On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. How much excess you will be charged is just one of the things that varies wildly between providers. Another is so called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use this term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
ETA cycle insurance has a low standard excess of 5% (minimum £25) and offers a new-for-old for life – however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model.
For over 26 years we have been providing straightforward, affordable bicycle insurance. Whether you use your bike to commute, shop, race or amble in the park, ETA Cycle Insurance has you covered.