Helpful Tips and Tricks

*For more chain related information see: "Chain Links"


"Managing and Collecting cleaning Solvent OutFlow..."

!! Important: The system is designed to "contain and control" and is not a "power-washer"... It is designed for routine maintenance application to prevent the build-up of road-grit and the cleaning process is accelerated by regular use under conditions of moderate accumulation.

  • When using Velocity, cleaning solvent drips and out-flow are predictable and easy to collect... Any time you use Velocity, the tool should be positioned on the chain as close to the rear-sprocket as possible without contacting it, to control where drips will land... Particularly when using solvent liquids, a drain-pan should be positioned below the tool and sprocket to collect any drips and try to level the angle of the chain as best possible... The end of the Drain-tube should lay in the bottom of your pan, so the tube does not flick or wiggle and does not splatter solvent, etc...
  • Liquid solvents tend to flow over the surfaces of the chain very easily... This quick-flowing action can present an unexpected amount of outflow from Velocity if the speed of the chain-flow is too slow or too fast and/or the angle of the chain is too steep... With practice, you will find a pace of chain-flow and syringe injection volume that will provide the most effective distribution and draining of solvents, while reducing material overflow being prematurely pulled-out of the enclosure, before it can flow-off into Velocity's drain...
  • You may find that a fast pace through the tool with a balanced injected volume, will initially distribute solvent over the chain surfaces very efficiently... After coating the chain with solvent or cleaner, give it some time to loosen the crud on the chain... After this "soak-time" wipe with a shop-cloth and continue rinsing the chain with solvent at a pace that allows the loosened gunk to be flushed-off and drained... Removing a heavy build-up of crud, may require a few passes along with wiping, to flush the stubborn stuff from the chain and remove any remaining material... When satisfied, use a clean rag to wipe off any excess material from the chain and sprocket...
  • If you don't use one already... Every motorcyclist's garage and maintenance shop, needs a 12-14 inch drywall mud pan, to use when chain cleaning... The narrow shape and long length is perfect for collecting drips and outflow, and can be strategically placed perfectly below the sprocket... these pans are available in inexpensive plastic, or steel and stainless-steel.[*Note: Choose a stainless-steel pan that has heli-arced seams ... the spot-welded pans have seams that need to be sealed before using, or solvent will leak from the seams.]  

A very neglected chain or muddy chain will require pre-cleaning using a brush... Keep in mind that Velocity is designed as a 'maintenance' system to be used routinely to prevent the moderate build-up of damaging and power-robbing road-grit... Not as a "power-washer" for heavy build-up... In the extreme case of heavy build-up of mud, sand, old road-grit, etc; pre-washing with a low-pressure spray of water, and/or brushing to remove this crud, is recommended... After washing, dry the chain with a rag, and then use Velocity to flush the chain with solvent and re-lube. If using solvent in these extreme cases., give the solvent more "soak-time" to loosen the gunk...

(See: "Using Velocity Chain Brush" for assisted and stand-alone applications)

*Big Note: The Velocity Chain Maintenance System process will take far less time and with much less hassle as compared to removing the wheel and chain in order to put the chain in a bath of solvent and then reinstalling and aligning the chain and wheel... AND this process is extremely clean and hassle-free, compared to splattering solvent, etc, with a brush while spraying or drizzling solvents and trying to spin the rear-wheel... UGH!  The more often you use Velocity, the less time the cleaning process will take...


"Stuck" Or "Hard-To-Press" Syringe Plunger" 

After using cleaning solvents and storage, you may find the syringe plunger is stuck or does not slide easily.... This is because the solvent has stripped-away the lubricant from the interior surface of the syringe and the plunger seal...

  • To insure smooth function of the plunger action, it is best to remove the plunger with seal from the tube and store it outside of the syringe and apply silicone lubricant (or any lubricant) to the seal and the interior of the syringe body...

Generally, it is best to store the syringe after lubing and not after cleaning your chain with solvent... If the syringe is stuck or does not slide easily, pull the plunger out with the seal and apply some lube to the seal and interior of the syringe tube, reinsert the plunger and run it up and down a couple of times to spread lubricant prior to use. If you store it with the plunger inserted, leave a one-inch (1") gap between the seal and the bottom hilt of the syringe... If it is stubborn, soak in soapy hot-water for a couple of minutes or gently heat the syringe under a light to loosen things up...


"Using the Velocity Chain Brush"

Velocity Chain Brush (Patent Pending)

Velocity Chain Brush (Patent Pending)

The unique designs of Velocity Chain Brush and Velocity Total Bicycle Chain Brush, mount over the chain and in-front of the system to assist in hands-free wiping of crud from the chain when cleaning and aiding the distribution of materials or for other hand-held uses... Apply lube to the bristles prior to use, this will help it slide easily at first AND make sure that the leash cannot pull-loose from it's mounting point, because it will increase drag on the system and this will dramatically increase tension on the leash... Make sure you push it onto the chain so the bristles cover the top of the links, don't worry about damaging the bristles... you won't!

*Can be used on all sizes of 525 and 530 chains

[Velocity Chain Brush is Included with the system and also sold as an accessory in the Store ]

Velocity Chain Brush installed over the chain in-front of the tool...

Velocity Chain Brush installed over the chain in-front of the tool...

*To View "Before and After" images of using Velocity and Velocity Chain Brush on a neglected chain, see: "Velocity Chain Lubing and Cleaning"

"Get A Handle On it"

To freely use the brush for scrubbing or other uses, grip it in vise-grip pliers to create a handle when not using it with Velocity... 

 


"Creating a moveable anchor point in the Leash"

(image) Moveable Eyelet/Loop Anchor Point, created in the Leash Wire using a small section of tubing and threading the Leash Wire through the section to create a loop where the loose end of the Leash can be secured to it, after wrapping the wire around a solid point on the bike... By pushing the wire back-through the small section of tube and increasing the size of the loop, the eyelet/loop can be moved along the Leash, to find a suitable anchor point, making securing Velocity in-place quicker...

(image) Moveable Eyelet/Loop Anchor Point, created in the Leash Wire using a small section of tubing and threading the Leash Wire through the section to create a loop where the loose end of the Leash can be secured to it, after wrapping the wire around a solid point on the bike... By pushing the wire back-through the small section of tube and increasing the size of the loop, the eyelet/loop can be moved along the Leash, to find a suitable anchor point, making securing Velocity in-place quicker...

"Cleaning: On-The-Road"

When on road-trips, we have found that using an off-the-shelf Du Pont degreaser product that is specifically developed and safe for use on sealed chains, works very well to rinse-off the road-grit build-up: (Link)  Any rubber-safe spray solvent/cleaner can be applied... Otherwise, any rubber-safe liquid solvent can be applied with the syringe... It is best practice to lube the chain right after cleaning. Use any available container to collect the drained material for proper disposal. Be environmentally conscious... 

DO NOT! use 'Carb Cleaner' or general 'Parts Cleaner' solvent sprays, they will destroy the rubber seals of sealed chain!


"Lubing: On-The-Road"

The optional Squeeze-Bottle comes with a locking cap so that you can carry 2 oz. of lube with you on the road, enough for several lube sessions, either injected into Velocity or direct from the bottle... The Squeeze-Bottle has many creative uses (see "Tricks").


"Lubing: Extreme Off-Road Conditions"

Lubing a chain in preparation for extreme road conditions like sand, dust and mud is always going to present a dilemma... Oil is inherently hydrophobic (repels water) and generally, most dirt particles are not hard enough or stable enough to be abrasive to the metal parts and seals... Sand and mud-sand accumulation wicks-away the lubricant and can be extremely abrasive when it clumps and sticks to the surfaces... So either go without lube and risk premature wear/failure from the build-up of friction induced heat, Or lube the chain...

A crust of sand or mud build-up, can work as a sort of protective layer from further contamination... The key is to flush the chain to remove the crud as often as possible, and then apply a liberal amount of lubricant before heading out again... Generally, the motion of the chain components and centrifugal force tends to push and fling the majority of contaminants out and away from contact areas... However, sprocket/chain-roller contact areas tend to crush and grind contaminates which increases abrasive wear. Also, proper chain/sprocket alignment will reduce premature wear from abrasion in these conditions or any condition...

When using gear-oil is problematic when riding in extremely harsh off-road conditions, this Du Pont chain-lube will provide excellent protection and lubrication: (Link)


"Automatic Lubing Systems"

If you use an automatic chain-lubing system, it is advisable to routinely clean the road-grit that inevitably builds-up on your chain so to maintain peak performance and gas-milage and reduce chain and sprocket wear... After cleaning, thoroughly lubricate...


"Touch-Up Lubing"

Perform a simple quick touch-up lubrication of your chain by using the syringe by itself or with a short length of tubing inserted in the end...


"Creating a Custom Bend in the Spray-Can Adapter Tube"

If desired, the Spray-Can Adapter Tube can be shaped or formed into a curve or "L" by heating the tube over a low-heat source or under hot-water and then holding the bend in shape while cooling in a bath of cold water or as the tube cools...


"Using the Optional Squeeze-Bottle to start a siphon"

The optional Squeeze-Bottle can be used to start a siphon in a pinch, by attaching it to the locking connector on a sufficiently long piece of tubing or by just inserting the tip of the bottle into the tubing that you have and squeezing it so it will 'suck' on the siphon tube.


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