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    Out of interest does anyone do lots of miles in winter using squirt? Being a fair weather rider Iv often wondered how it performs.

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    I've wondered the same thing. Cue someone piping in that if it gets washed out then water is a lubricant too.
    I'd like to know it gets on on the days of mixed winter wet n dry that canes most lubes. If it's a semi wax lube? Won't it wash out quicker? Also what happens if it does wash out then your chain gets caked in mud n crap? You don't just re-squirt without cleaning??

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    How about just buying a new chain and swerving deep deep cleans.

    Only my Hybrid sees the real nasty roads. I plan to just replace the entire drive train come the settled weather. Cheap as chips...

    That said, a mate brought his Park Tools chain cleaning contraption and did my hybrid and old road bike with it. We didn't have access to a hose to rinse the chains so poured buckets over them. All seemed well until I went to reapply the lube, it became obvious the degreasing agent hasn't been fully removed...

    So mixed results from my first experience of chain cleaning toys.

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    I used my Park tool contraption, which took a while as I kept changing out the degreaser until it ran clear. I then cleaned with a paint brush to get in all the nooks and crannies. I then dried everything thoroughly with a number of microfibre cloths and a dry paint brush. I left it all to dry naturally as well for an hour. I then checked it again and went over it with another dry cloth and then applied Squirt as directed. Checked it this morning and all seems fine.

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    Yeah Dave, that sounds a bit more like it! Good work!

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    I've never had much luck with chain cleaning tools. They do a 'half decent' job but for that other half, I've found there's no better way than doing it by hand. Morgan Blue chain cleaner is phenomenal stuff. I can either brush it on whilst the chain is on the bike or remove the chain and let it soak in the stuff then brush/wipe for a perfect clean.

    I've just bought some Morgan Blue Syn Lube too which I hope to try next week. It seems to have a decent reputation so will be interesting to see how I get on with it.

    I'm not entirely sold on Squirt if I'm honest. I don't get how some people say you'll never have to wash the chain again as I've found the chain to still pick up muck (and more recently rust) and I end up giving it a clean, degrease and regrease. When I apply it, it's always to a clean, dry chain and I give every link a good coating, allow to dry for a while, then apply again and leave overnight before going for a ride.

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    The wax dries so doesn't attract dirt and wears off/falls off - hence no dirty bits. You may be putting too much on if it's getting dirty - give it time and it'll lose the dirt.

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    Hand on heart iv never had to give the chain a proper clean since I started using squirt.

    The nearest I come is a quick run through a rag before re-applying and I'm told if I leave it longer the small amount of black stuff I'm cleaning off will fall off on its own accord.

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    Great stuff, still dialing in this years bike and haven't got round to applying any squirt yet. I can't get over how much grit, oil picks up.

    Also cleans off the carpet well with some primus fuel, which really saved my bacon.
    Last edited by Avoid Paris; 7th March 2016 at 6:42 PM.

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    i found squirt not good in winter, needing daily replenishment. muc offs range is worth a look imo, good stuff that is stickier than squirt but also does not attract dirt. i have a couple of their wax formulas. i do use squirt throughout the spring and summer. it is cheap and good in dry/ occassional shower conditions. i buy a big bottle and it lasts years. muc off and all the others are expensive by comparison. planet x do boeshield which i will try in the winter when my muc off runs out.

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