I didn’t realize at the onset of this build, but the project ultimately required about 14 feet of bicycle chain.
I had some used chains in my parts bins, but some were in pretty bad shape (i.e. rusted, froze, etc.). After collecting usable pieces I was still short. At this point I could have simply purchased new chain, but what’s the fun in that.
Rather than purchase new I visited my go-to place for inexpensive bike parts to find all the chain I needed. The Kiwanis Bike Program (pictured above) is a great source for bikes, frames, parts, and more, AND at a fraction of the cost of new. Oftentimes a small monetary donation is all that is asked for parts. [AND it goes to a good cause. Check out http://www.kiwanisbikes.org for more info – Ed.]
After sourcing enough chain it was time to clean the dirty ones. I have a ultrasonic cleaner that I picked up at Harbor Freight that I use as a parts cleaner for my dirty greasy bike parts.
In the photos above you can see the “before” and “after” shots of the same chain after going for dip in the ultrasonic parts cleaner.