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I clean my chain on the bicycle, mostly because taking it off for a bath, drying, etc seems to take more time than I have. But maybe I could use 2 chains in rotation, I would take one chain off, replace it with second clean one, and during the days that follow would slowly clean it to be ready for next cycle.

Are there any drawbacks to such approach regarding the wear of cogs, or something else?

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What you're saying sounds fine, just wondered if you ever take the cassette off to clean, and how that would fit in? –  PeteH Apr 28 '14 at 12:39
Cassette seems simpler to clean, so I usually clean it on the bicycle. –  Davorin Ruševljan Apr 29 '14 at 8:11

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There is actually a real gain from this strategy. By rotating 2 (or 3) chains you extend the life of rear cogs (cassette) and it will last all your chains. In case you use one chain, you may need to replace cassette together with chain.

As of front cogs, they last longer, but you will get a more even wear.

Speaking of drawbacks - regularly taking off your chain you can make your PowerLink (or other brand) a bit more loose and have a higher risk of it failing under a load.

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+1 Wise words. However, I fer this could grow into the "I will leave the dishes in the sink to soak and will wash them tomorrow ... aaand it's 3 months later, no clean dishes at home". –  Vorac Apr 28 '14 at 13:01
Note that some chain locks are not designed to be reopened, and using a new lock every time the chain is cleaned will get expensive very fast. –  arne Apr 28 '14 at 14:05
@arne yes, but re-usable ones are pretty cheap - SRAM Powerlink three packs are about $7 online, so a little over $2 a set. –  Nuі Apr 29 '14 at 22:59

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