One of the things I mentioned was that I had finally tried one of Park Tools chain cleaning gizmos.
What really made it hit the fan was mentioning the use of Simple Green. That opened a new can of worms. It seems that Simple Green will destroy the bike. Somebody somewhere has found that it has, possibly been linked to rare cases of "hydrogen embrittlement." I Googled that, and found a 27 page document where I could find no mention of Simple Green before I fell asleep. From what this Acolyte said, there is an aerospace formula from Simple Green which can be used instead. That will prevent the "embrittlement" of the aluminum components.
Buddy. it's a frickin' BICYCLE!I'm not transporting orphaned children to another galaxy! I'm going to the store, to work maybe on a weekend to the lake. I'm sure the aerospace version, which costs even more than Pedros or Parks cleaners, is better.
But Heah! It's a frickin' BICYCLE!I have confidence that I can wear out or break the entire bike before molecular degradation sets into the chainring. Maybe I'm wrong and I should worry that I will walk out to the garage and find it full of this:
But you would think that sometime in the past 40 years I would have seen it by now.