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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

The ocean floors naturally leak a staggering amount of crude oil daily. Nature has a way of handling this leakage. Events like the Exxon Valdez were a disaster not because of the volume, but because ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

It's very difficult to answer this question without knowing about the waste management system in place in your area. And even if you know it, it can change over time. Washing them doesn't make sense ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

My rags are all old clothes, bedding, or towels - damaged or stained beyond reuse. I keep a pair of fabric scissors in the garage to cut off as much or as little as I need - currently I have a couple ...
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How can I clean gunked up sprockets?

For really stubborn grease-based muck, I keep a bottle of white spirit (mineral spirits) on the go. A good soak plus shaking/brushing and that will loosen the worse caked on grease (use a suitable ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

In countries like Switzerland the waste is burned in specialized facilities. I expect that specialized facility will burn oil just into CO2. Other substances may burn into something less nice but ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

I use chain cleaner to clean the dirty oil and whatever picked up from the road. The chain cleaner fluid I use claims to be 100% biodegradable, natural, plant-based. The waste from this process just ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

Throw them away in energy waste bin. Consider this: if you get 10 000 km of use from your bike per one thrown away rag that weighs 100 grams and is made from oil products, that's 0.01 grams of oil ...
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How can I clean gunked up sprockets?

clean it outside, or somewhere that falling oily dirt isn't a problem. Spread newspaper as a drop cloth if you have to. get the wheel out of the bike. Makes it easier. use a pick or smallish ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

Do not try and put your oily rags through a washing machine process. Guess how I know this ! They will contaminate the machine, which is bad enough if its yours, worse again if its part of your ...
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What is the most ecologically sustainable way to handle rags covered in chain grease?

The contents of the chain contains not only the chemicals in the original chain lube, but a toxic soup of chemicals picked up from the road surface as you ride, especially if its wet. Washing these ...
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How can I clean gunked up sprockets?

Voracs answer is great but if you’re reluctant to remove the cluster for whatever reason or just want to do a sub 5 minute job you can use a brush to remove the majority of the goo. This won’t be ...
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How can I clean gunked up sprockets?

Use a suitable cleaning fluid. Solvents like petrol/gasoline/diesel/kerosene work but can be hazardous. Plain water does not get the job done, while soapy water is good for dirt it does little for ...
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How can I clean gunked up sprockets?

This answer concerns solely the situation when the cluster is removed from the rim e.g. changing a spoke or a hub. It splits into a couple of individual spockets plus a riveted buch of them. Clean the ...
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