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Cleaning the chain?

Post by Elamonta » December 13th, 2006, 5:15 pm

How do you re-oil the chain as concept2 states to do every 50 hours of use? It says one teaspoon on a paper towel and rub the entire length of chain? How do I rub it on the entire chain? Anyone who has done it can you please tell me how you exactly do it?
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Post by Terry S. » December 13th, 2006, 8:50 pm

It's kinda: Just do what they say to do.

First, have some rubber or vinly gloves ready.

The hardest part is getting the chain fully extended and kept there while you oil. I use a slat backed chair and place it at the end of the rail. I put the handle into the slats so that the chain stays fully extended and secure the handle with a clamp--there's some tension there so be careful.

Then, just pour a teaspoon or few of chain oil into a folded paper towel. Let it soak in a little, and proceed to rub the oil soaked towel up and down the length of the chain (that's why the rubber gloves). A cheap paper towel will probably shred pretty quickly. If so, use better towels and re-load a fresh towel and continue. The object is to get some oil the entire length of the chain. You won't see the new oil on the chain, but the towel will be dirty, and I believe C2 will tell you that the more often you do this the more effective the cleansing action will turn out to be. Regardless of the 50 hour rule--if you feel any "clicks" in the chain as you row, you need to clean.

Hope this helps.

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Post by ergogenic » February 2nd, 2007, 8:20 pm

I use a short bungee cord to secure the handle to the end of the slide (furthest point away from the "cage"). This way the chain is more or less fully exposed. Or you can just get someone to hold the handle for you.


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Post by johnlvs2run » February 2nd, 2007, 8:26 pm

I fasten a loop of rope with a snap to the handle, and around a hook in the wall behind the erg, so the chain is extended all the way.

Then I string drops of C2 oil down the length of the chain, while rubbing it down with a nylon sock.

A nylon sock is easy to use, as it doesn't come off on the chain.
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Post by Sean Seamus » February 3rd, 2007, 9:47 am

get married and have your spouse hold the handle

then oil it (the chain first)
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Post by michaeln » February 3rd, 2007, 10:30 am

Sean Seamus wrote:get married and have your spouse hold the handle

then oil it (the chain first)
Oil your spouse second? :roll:

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