Chain Degreaser Machine (Scott Swalling)
I do get a little excited every time a Weldtite parcel arrives, "What do I have to play with now?" Well this time it was this ...
... Weldtite Dirt Trap Chain Degreaser Machine, the smallest such machine I have seen or used. I tend to be the brush sort of person and have developed a technique that stops be getting covered in the grot of the chain.
However, this is a pretty good little machine and it is easy to use and clean as you can pull it apart pretty easily. I should have taken a photo when using it, but I tend to clean my bikes before me, and haven't been carrying a camera.
It does sit well on the chain and the supporting arm is a very simple and effective way to keep the machine in place, it is easy enough to add more degreaser whilst it is still in place on the chain.
It worked well on chains that were slightly to medium covered in grot, but struggled with heavy dirt and mud, this just made a mess of the machine - but this would happen with any chain cleaning machine, so a quick degrease and scrub is very helpful.
The machine does manage to clean the chain really well; some don't clean the inside of the links that well. The ease of use I guess is the stand out for me and the fact it does pretty good job.
I did find with the sandy type of soils that I ride in most of the time, I still need to use a tooth brush to clean the inside of the links properly. I also found that my single speed chains seem to snag a bit in the machine, due to their slightly wider gauge, I was a little surprised by this, but it worked great on my road and CX bike.
In Summary, this is a good little chain cleaner and will get used on my road and CX bike a lot and maybe my MTB's if I run gears. It doesn't cope that well with heavy dirt and mud, but what really does other than a good stiff brush? For every day grot it is perfect and as I clean my drive trains more than anything else, it is damn helpful for the geared bikes. It has found a place in my cleaning bucket and won’t be leaving it in a hurry.
Nice little device guys.