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Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from?
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I looked in my local Home Depot and Wal-Mart - they don't have it and don't seem to be making it available online... so where do you get it from? Or should I use a regular degreaser instead for chain cleaning in preparation for waxing?

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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I find it at just about every hardware type store that I go in, including Walmart, ACE, Home Depot, Lowes, K-mart, etc. Even some grocery stores have it. But I guess this might change from area to area. Anyway, just use regular mineral spirits if they don't have the olderless. Regular is a bit stronger, which can be helpful if your drivetrain is really dirty and greasy. But both do an effective job of cleaning the drive train.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [trailerhouse] [ In reply to ]
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Awesome. Thank you! My hd probably is out of stock...

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Amazon has a 55 gallon barrel, it's not Prime eligible though
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Isn't the smell part of the fun? Sort of like when I build wheels and the smell of the loctite is like a little reward for a wheel well built!

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [joshatsilca] [ In reply to ]
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joshatsilca wrote:
Isn't the smell part of the fun? Sort of like when I build wheels and the smell of the loctite is like a little reward for a wheel well built!

same with gluing tires!
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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I was planning to soak my chain in gasoline then light it on fire after to clean.

Cheaper and more fun.

Alex Arman

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Home Depot or Lowes.

And it's not really odorless (I removed my gravel bike's chain Monday and let it soak in a coffee can of mineral spirits out in the garage overnight and yesterday, took it out of the can and scrubbed/rinsed it in the basement laundry sink last night - my wife smelled the spirits as soon as she walked in the house).
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [joshatsilca] [ In reply to ]
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joshatsilca wrote:
Isn't the smell part of the fun? Sort of like when I build wheels and the smell of the loctite is like a little reward for a wheel well built!

I thought a well built wheel didn't need loctite?
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [fb] [ In reply to ]
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fb wrote:
joshatsilca wrote:
Isn't the smell part of the fun? Sort of like when I build wheels and the smell of the loctite is like a little reward for a wheel well built!


I thought a well built wheel didn't need loctite?

I don't even know where I might put locktite when building a wheel...???? Surely, you wouldn't put loctite on the spoke/nipple interface.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [fb] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe not loctite brand per se.. but even the most well built wheel needs something for a variety of reasons, resistance to vibration, sealing out moisture, preventing galvanic corrosion. Those claiming to not need loctite are using grease + nyloc insert style nipples which is essentially the same difference.

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [joshatsilca] [ In reply to ]
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Ah, ok.

I thought you were specifically referring to their thread locking products---which I couldn't fathom. I either use Spoke Prep or anti-seize (if I can't find where I carefully hid the Spoke Prep from myself).
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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ACE Hardware also carries it.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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alex_korr wrote:
I looked in my local Home Depot and Wal-Mart - they don't have it and don't seem to be making it available online... so where do you get it from? Or should I use a regular degreaser instead for chain cleaning in preparation for waxing?

Clear, odorless spirit is Vodka. I buy it at the liquor store.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [WelshinPhilly] [ In reply to ]
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WelshinPhilly wrote:
Home Depot or Lowes.

And it's not really odorless (I removed my gravel bike's chain Monday and let it soak in a coffee can of mineral spirits out in the garage overnight and yesterday, took it out of the can and scrubbed/rinsed it in the basement laundry sink last night - my wife smelled the spirits as soon as she walked in the house).

It is odorless in the same sense that vodka is tasteless. You can smell (taste) it but you can't really describe it other than solventy (burny). Neither are expected to smell (or taste) the same as water.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [Tom_hampton] [ In reply to ]
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Tom_hampton wrote:
Ah, ok.

I thought you were specifically referring to their thread locking products---which I couldn't fathom. I either use Spoke Prep or anti-seize (if I can't find where I carefully hid the Spoke Prep from myself).

I've seen thread lock used in wheels by people claiming to be reputable builders. They use it and extremely high spoke tension to mask their sloppy building, and claim it as a "feature".
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [joshatsilca] [ In reply to ]
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guess I am just old school, still using Linseed Oil on spoke threads.

Mike Plumb, TriPower MultiSports
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [Thomas Gerlach] [ In reply to ]
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It turns out that mineral spirits are banned in CA and UT - that's why I could not find them!

What's the adequate replacement for them - just any strong degreaser?

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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [alex_korr] [ In reply to ]
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Gas.
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Re: Clear odorless mineral spirits for chain cleaning - where do you buy it from? [Mike Plumb] [ In reply to ]
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I use linseed oil too.
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