How To Clean & Degrease Your Bike Chain

Looking for that perfect ride? Picture this: You’ve got ‘her’ out, you’re flying across dirt tracks and the wheels are barely touching the ground and spinning so smoothly… Well, this dream can become a cyclist’s reality as we help you reach this cycling nirvana – as long as you service your bike properly and regularly. Did you know having a dirty chain can decrease the efficiency of your bike and can lead to more issues over time? Every time you ride your bike, your chain can become dirty, grimy and greasy. What’s more, the grit that is accumulated over time can affect your speed and can even grind away at the metal leaving you with no option but to buy a new bike chain. So, how do you degrease your bike chain?

WD-40 Bike® Degreaser contains a fast-acting formula that is great for the removal of thick dirt, mud, grease and oil from bike chains. It leaves no residue and can be used on chains, cassette sprockets, derailleurs and cogsets.

So, how do you use WD-40® Bike Degreaser to maintain your bike chain? Find our quick and easy guide below:

What you will need:

Follow our guide below to degrease your bike chain:

 Step 1: Place your bicycle on a stand so that the rear wheel is free to turn

Step 2: Add a rag under the chain so that it can collect any dirty or excess liquid

Step 3: Apply WD-40 Bike® Degreaser liberally onto the chain whilst rotating the chain anti-clockwise

Step 4: To remove a thick build-up, run a brush across the chain to loosen stubborn dirt

Step 5: Once applied, allow the degreaser to remain in contact for a few minutes. The grime will start to soften
Step 6:
Spray with clean water from a hose

Step 7: Finally, clean with a dry cloth or towel

Pro Tip: For best results, apply WD-40® Multi-Use Product to displace any water from inside the chain.

 And just like that, it’s looking like brand new again – and you can go enjoy that all-important ride.


The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.

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