How To Clean and Lube a Bicycle Chain with a Park Tool Chain Cleaner

How To Clean and Lube a Bicycle Chain with a Park Tool Chain Cleaner

Chain cleaning is an essential part of bike maintenance. This video will walk you through each step of cleaning and lubricating a drivetrain.

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Video contents:
00:22 Tools Needed
01:12 Clean with solvent
02:30 Rinse with soapy water
03:12 Chain Lubrication

➤ Tools & materials used:
• CM-5.3 Cyclone™ Chain Scrubber –
• CM-25 Professional Chain Scrubber –
• CB-4 Bio Chainbrite™ –
• GSC-1 Gearclean™ Brush –
• DH-1 Dummy Hub –
• CL-1 Synthetic Blend Chain Lube –
• MG-2 Nitrile Mechanic’s Gloves –
• SA-1 Shop Apron –
• Rags

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• How to Replace a Chain on a Single Speed Bike – Sizing, Installation & Tensioning ▶︎
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Readers Comments (50)

  1. Gotta love those tool names

  2. Yeah okay hello City hall where can dump this dirty oily water? In my neighbor’s yard okay thank you!


  4. The cleaned chain in the end is not that clean….

  5. Another approach to this is to prevent the drive train from getting dirty. Keep complete drive train dry. Only put your new chain in parafine wax with 1% of PTFE powder. After that you do not have to clean at all because no dirt will stick to your drive chain or cassette and it will last three times as long before maintenance is required again.

  6. My chain falls off when I pedal backwards. Any help? Thanks

  7. Hi! Very nice vid! Does anyone know… I bought a whole gallon of concentrated "Simple Green". Foolish to ask now, but does it work very good? I heard it does, but find now here you can actually re-use the Park Tool de-greaser. I could still get a refund, but it costs a lot to mail it back because it’s so heavy.

  8. "Check with local authorities for disposal"

    Me "Nahhh straight down the sink"

  9. Came for the content – stayed for the beard

  10. My chain is 10 years I still use it until now

  11. A lot of effort

  12. Just clean entire bike with motorcycle cleaner. Works great and safe.

  13. Can’t I just take my bike once a year for a tune up?

  14. you shuld see my chain

  15. Expedition Recreation February 24, 2021 @ 9:55 pm

    That chain scrubber is no joke. We recently reviewed the CM-5.2 and couldn’t have been happier. We have been using it for over a year now on our bikes after every couple rides and it has made clean-up immensely easier. For anyone interested, you can see our full review of the CM-5.2 here:

  16. Every crap video like this contains 10+ tools I haven’t used.

  17. Im guessing solvant can use kerosene as substitute, thats what I use to clean my motorcycle chain anyway

  18. When I was doing this and back peddling the chain came off the bike… what did I do wrong? I had it on the proper gears as per instructions

  19. You’ve got to be kidding me. I just take a can of break cleaner and I’m done with all metal in 2 minutes.

  20. Topsoil Depletion Awareness (closing the loop) February 24, 2021 @ 9:59 pm

    If i clean chain often can i use cooking oil?

  21. Should we use soapy water for cleaning the chain or is it for cleaning the cleaner?

  22. Lorenzo's Life and Times February 24, 2021 @ 10:02 pm

    What brand of solvent is that? Is that a degreaser?

  23. This seems like $35 of effort to clean a $30 chain.

  24. These park tool videos are great i have learned a lot. But…
    A drop of oil per rivet? That seems excessive. Anyone actually do that?

  25. This guy always sounds out of breath while he’s talking lol

  26. Hi….I just picked up this chain cleaner. Using it for the first time, I had some bristles come off on the chain, is this normal first time?

  27. What kind of soap is safe to use when you go over it again after the degreaser?

  28. When chain gets super dirty, buy a new bike. N+1 in action.

  29. Now all I need is a repair stand.

  30. Bruh, for real, what happened to Ben?? I miss the bearded on. I think Truman, Ben, & Calvin could make some awesome content.

  31. How to clean a chain: Use your tool specifically designed for cleaning a chain


  32. Punjabi Food And Travel February 24, 2021 @ 10:12 pm


  33. Can’t you just take out the chain and put it in a container with degreaser?

  34. Monthly….. I’m working on my bike I haven’t used in probably 7 years. It has never been cleaned. Absolutely awful. Just completely caked with stuff.

  35. What about Rock and Roll? Self cleaning? Anyone tried that?

  36. I already bought a gallon of Simple Green, does that work very well?

  37. Can i use a degreaser?

  38. And after that, all the dirt and grime from the cogs and chain rings will contaminate your nice clean chain

  39. Neat. I have none of these things. Where’s the Russian blog that will show me how to do this with tide and a toothbrush? FML

  40. This video help me alot wauw its really not that hard. Everbody can do this thanks guy

  41. how do you separate the solvent on top to reuse it.?

  42. Nice video. I have a CM-5.2 and it works well on my 11 speed chain. Unfortunatelly i also have an 8 speed bike and the CM-5.2 does not work so good on that. The brushes get stuck on the chain rollers and many end up being cut off by the chain 🙁 what can i do?

  43. good stuff thank yiu

  44. Check for local authority’s for disposal HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAA

  45. My man sounds like Steve Earle in The Wire.

  46. Is there any product that can be mounted onto the bike permanently that can do the cleaning and lubricant whenever we use the bike!

  47. Could I add water to the chain cleaner so the de-greaser lasts longer?

  48. Having a bike stand, dummy hub, and the chain cleaner would lead me to believe you probably already know how to clean your chain.

    Why not show a video of how the casual rider, who doesn’t have all the gadgets, would clean his/her chain? After all, majority of riders aren’t going to have everything you show in this video.

  49. Great video, but what’d y’all do with Calvin!?!?

  50. Wd40 is also good solvent for bicycle chain but I dont recommend it for motorbike chain bcos of the O or X rings etc

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