The chain of a bicycle is the most essential part of its entire mechanism, as it transfers the force of the pedals to the wheels. But when a minor issue – like rusting – arises in the chain, its pliability is eliminated as the correct motion is hindered. In such instances, it is important to get the chain renewed or fixed.
Rusting of the chains arises from the salt exposed on the roads, which corrodes steel. The orange-brown stuff that accumulates begins affecting the bike’s overall performance. In order to prevent the bicycles chain from rusting, you have to frequently clean and lube the chain.
Fixing a rusty bicycle chain is very simple, and can be done with even no mechanical skills. Here are the steps on how it is achieved:
- Dry rags
- Chain lubricant
- Toothbrush or bristle brush
- Rubber gloves
- Chain tool
- Screw driver
- Chain tool
- Lime juice
- Plastic or steal scouring pad
Step 1: Inspect and assess the damage of the chain. See the level of grime or dirt buildup, and if there is surface rust, the issue is easy to resolve.
Step 2: Clean the chain with the help of a toothbrush or brush with small bristles to pull out the road gunk. Wipe off then with the dry rag.
Step 3: Dampen the scouring pad with lime juice, and then scrub off the rusted surface of the bicycle chain with it.
Step 4: In case the rust has gone deeper and has not fully been removed, remove the chain by placing the bicycle upside down. Pry apart the links of the chain, and crank it with the tool. The chain should be then removed from the cog and front wheel.
Step 5: Soak the chain in lime juice for an hour or two.
Step 6: Dry the chain and reconnect it to the wheel and cog.
Step 7: Add lubricant to the chain all around and between the side plates and central rollers of the chain. Once it absorbs, wipe the excess of it.