I didnít know that I could score the o rings by using a brass brush. My chain looked the same way and I scrubbed it pretty roughly to get all the rust off. Should I worry about the chain breaking while Iím riding now? If I wanted to replace the chain where do you guys recommend getting one? Thanks
I think I will only bother to take the plastic chain guard off maybe every 5000 miles for a deep cleaning.
Else i have been lubricating the chain every 500 miles and cleaning it with Kerosine every 1000 miles (taking off the front sprocket cover as well during that cleaning) and then lubricating.
To clean and lube the chain is an inconvenience so I have calculated this interval to be the best compromise between effort spent and maintaining a long healthy life of the chain. I certainly hope to get at least 15,000 miles out of the stock chain.
I am grateful for this thread that talks about the importance of not VIGOROUSLY scrubbing the chain with a brass or steel brush. Too bad I did one session (like an idiot) where I scrubbed the living hell out of the chain to remove some rust spots (before seeing this thread) .
Also i think old newspapers do just as well a job for this task and they are free (compared to blue shop towels)
And the cheap $5 ebay generic grunge brush. So far so good