So opened up the front sprocket/ chain cover to inspect sprocket and get ready to install new sprockets and chain. But holy CRAP was it nasty. Bought this bike a couple weeks ago and clearly wasn't upkept very well...
While you have the chain/sprocket off, scrape the built up gunk off with a screwdriver, then liberally hit it with degreaser like purple power or simple green. A pressure washer makes this easy, otherwise scrub away with an old toothbrush and rinse, repeat until it's more or less clean.
It's from people using greasy chain lube and way too much of it. People like to absolutely soak chains in oil which then flings off and collects dirt resulting in the nasty crud buildup. A very quick/light spritz is all that's needed, not a 30 second hose down as most people do.
Use a teflon based lubricant instead of oil based ones. Sometimes called "chain wax" even though it's not really wax. Doesn't fling all over, not sticky so doesn't attract dirt, keeps your chain and wheel clean, and costs about the same.
This is not that bad...ask people who work on jeeps, atvs, 4x4 trucks....tractors are usually the worst. Grease, vegetation, and crittershit make for an awful cement like creation of awful unheard of by most. My tractors get a monthly washdown whether they have been used or not. Also discourages mice and birds from taking up residence.
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