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looked at chain and noticed , one side of inside link was gone. It looked like it was corroded through. I have herd about Simple Green eating chains. Now I believe it true as that was my degreaser of choice.I rode home (hard hill training) with that 1/2 link holding so I will say chain is plenty strong.
 

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I lost a sram chain that way (9sp) some years back. My wife had to come pick me up. For what it's worth, I've been using goof off to clean my chains-- works wonders-- no issues whatsoever-- pour goof off in an old water bottle- put chain in, shake vigorously, wait 5 minutes, another quick shake and pull it out (using a spoke w/ J bend)-- wipe down, lube (rock n roll lube) and good to go. The goof off in the bottle can be used many, many, many times so it lasts a while.
 

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sevencycle said:
looked at chain and noticed , one side of inside link was gone. It looked like it was corroded through. I have herd about Simple Green eating chains. Now I believe it true as that was my degreaser of choice.I rode home (hard hill training) with that 1/2 link holding so I will say chain is plenty strong.
How many times had you cleaned the chain with SG before you noticed the problem? I just used it to remove White Lightning ( I know its not grease, it's wax and that was my problem) from my SRAM 1090R chain. I've only used it once so I doubt I'll have the same issue as you....hopefully :(
 

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I cleaned the chain with SG about 10-15+ times. I am sure your fine. I dont like to remove chain but when I do I will try Goof Off.I have cleaned my other bikes chains with SG many times and see no corrosion as of yet....oh well, good intension's
 

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I really think there is no way a cleaner, especially Simple Green, could weaken a chain- at all. I'm sure you just had a flawed chain.

I thought the same thing-- but there were a couple of threads on it a few years back and even a simple green rep chimed in-- apparently at full strength if you soak the chain for a period of time it'll eat it. If you just ran it thru a chain cleaner or used it but then rinsed the chain you were pretty much ok. Eventually simple green came out w/ a bicycle specific one, havent seen it in a while though.
 

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To the OP; you rode home with a half of a link holding and were doing some hard hill training? Apparently you have never had a chain snap under hard pedaling. I had one snap when going full bore, out of the saddle, and let me tell you, that was no fun. Took a rather nasty tumble, hit the pavement hard, and nearly smashed my boys on the top tube. Never, ever ride hard on a chain that is compromised!
 

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To the OP; you rode home with a half of a link holding and were doing some hard hill training? Apparently you have never had a chain snap under hard pedaling. I had one snap when going full bore, out of the saddle, and let me tell you, that was no fun. Took a rather nasty tumble, hit the pavement hard, and nearly smashed my boys on the top tube. Never, ever ride hard on a chain that is compromised!
Yeah I finished my training ride with 1/2 link. I kept doing hill intervals but stayed seated to protect myself. I figured, who knows how long this 1/2 link has been there and I had race next week and needed that training. :thumbsup:
 

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I thought the same thing-- but there were a couple of threads on it a few years back and even a simple green rep chimed in-- apparently at full strength if you soak the chain for a period of time it'll eat it. If you just ran it thru a chain cleaner or used it but then rinsed the chain you were pretty much ok. Eventually simple green came out w/ a bicycle specific one, havent seen it in a while though.
Wow, I've been doing this to my SRAM chain for a long time. I want to look into this more.
 

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I like using brake parts cleaner if you really want to strip a chain down....takes about 5 seconds and it's bare.... and simple green for normal cleaning. I've never had an issue with SG.... but I've never soaked a chain in it for days on end either. (which is what I'm pretty sure is what it would take, if not longer, to really affect the integrity of a chain).
 

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I like using brake parts cleaner if you really want to strip a chain down....takes about 5 seconds and it's bare.... and simple green for normal cleaning. I've never had an issue with SG.... but I've never soaked a chain in it for days on end either. (which is what I'm pretty sure is what it would take, if not longer, to really affect the integrity of a chain).
Acetone is even better.
 

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If you call Sram tech support they advise not to use simple green to clean there chains. They say it can corrode and weaken the chain.

But for what its worth I have been riding many years and I dont think I have ever cleaned a road chain. I lube it, wipe off the excess and ride then repeat. The only time I clean my mtb chain if after a rainy ride, otherwise I apply the same formula. I mean how often are you guys removing a cleaning a chain?? I have used pro link and T9 as chain lube for about the last 10 years, if applied correctly it seems to run very clean.
 
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