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You cleaned sticky stuff made of ground up bits of dirt, lube and metal from the chain etc. out of the chain, and the lumpy bits stayed behind. With the sticky stuff washed away, you now feel the grit that was always there. You did nothing 'wrong' as such, you just need to do a deep clean to get rid of the grit (which is never 100%, the unlubed chain after a ...


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This sounds like that the chain might not be clean enough before being lubed. It is important to clean the chain thoroughly before lubricating. Otherwise dust particles will remain in the chain and will wear it. What wears the chain is the grime inside the joints, the rollers. What wears the chainrings is an overused chain that became longer by having the ...


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I think there is consensus in the existing answers in that cleaning before applying lube is the correct way. I want to emphasize that. The grinding and crunching sound is most likely dirt that the fresh lube moves around until it gets thick again, sticking the dirt away from the metal to metal contact points. I have used a wide variety of chain lubricants, ...


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The other answers to the question are perfectly good, but one point maybe should be emphasized given some of the comments. Automobile engines generate carbon deposits as part of the combustion process, at least as far as I know (which is not very). There, detergents make sense in that they break down those deposits. In bicycle chains, I think it's important ...


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