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    brake cleaner=magic

    Using 'brake cleaner' aerosol on your drivetrain is like magic. It dissolves just about any grime or deposit on contact, dries instantly, and leaves no residue. It will remove ANY substance, and is relatively non-caustic. Any deposits it does leave can easily be wiped off with a rag. Take care not to get too much on your paint, tires, saddle, etc. It *probably* won't hurt them but it still is a pretty powerful chemical so don't chance it.

    Intrigued? This stuff runs $2.50 or less at Autzone for a pretty good-sized can.

    Thats my tip for the day.

    Jon
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    Use in a well ventilated area and use extreme caution to not get on paint or rubber. I would remove all parts before using this stuff. It will wreak havoc on plastic as well. I would be very cautious using it on anything other than chains or chainrings. I would hate to have a cassette with composite material give out on a ride. Depends on the kind you use, but most are lethal to plastic, rubber, and paint.

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    Actually, the stuff I use is not supposed to harm plastic, paints, composites or rubber. I used it to put on my grips. Stuff like carbeurator cleaner, however, will melt/discolor rubber, plastics and paints. I usually don't remove everything when I clean my bike, and the brake cleaner seems 'ok' on the paint. I know it was designed to not harm auto finishes so I imagine a bike's finish is similar.

    Jon
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