As a follow-on to the spring tune-up last weekend, the Calfee received a long overdue bath on Saturday morning. One of the things I try to avoid is putting chains on a bike right out of the box with their factory-applied grease.
While I accept that the original lubricant does a better job of reducing friction than any other aftermarket lubricant, it’s a magnet for grime and even citrus degreaser has a hard time removing it from cassettes, chain rings and the chains themselves. I was reminded of that when I pulled the chains off the Calfee as they both went on the bike right out of the box. Ugg, what a mess. I had to pull out the real solvents to deal with the crud. After the crud was removed the chains went into my 25-year old Fry Daddy for a dip in my home-brewed hot melt wax bath. It’s not the best chain lube, but it so long as you don’t get caught out in the rain it works well enough, but it doesn’t collect grime the way most other dry and wet lubes do.
Anyway, all said and done, the Calfee is sporting a spotless drive train. The now contaminated solvent in the mason jar was poured into my 5 gallon waste oil & lubricant jug. The jug gets emptied every few months at one of the local quick lube places and then recycled. Debbie’s Calfee Luna and my Tetra Pro will get the treatment next.