My ultrasonic cleaner came up in the thread about wheel storage (of course, right!). So, just forking the thread here so that it’s more findable later.
I used to use a plastic Park Tool chain cleaner, but it’s seriously messy business. I read in forums about ultrasonic cleaners and thought I’d give it a go. I bought a 3L unit off Amazon for about $70. It’s large enough for chain and 11-28 cassette in the same cycle. If you ran larger cogs, you might have trouble getting it fully submerged.
My protocol is:
- Fill cleaner with hot water and add a squirt of dish detergent and degreaser. Heat up to about 120f/50c.
- Take bits off the bike and drop in the cleaner and run a cycle for 10-15 mins
- Take the bits out and put them in a bucket with warm soapy water and give them a scrub with a dish brush
- Return them to the ultrasonic cleaner and run for another 10-15 min cycle.
While all that is running I wash my bike on the stand in the driveway. By the time the drivetrain is cleaned, so is the bike and I put the bits all back on and leave it to dry in the sun for a bit. Everything comes out amazingly clean and it’s a lot less mess and hassle.
Any other experiences with ultrasonic cleaners out there? Anyone do something different in terms of process?