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Here is a site with various manufactures recommendations on how to care for their chains: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/archive/index.php/t-69736.html¬
The Sheldon Brown article is an old article based on chains that use to use bushings, new chains are bushingless which improves the flow of lubricant to all parts of the chain, but even back in the day all of us pulled our chains off and soaked them and reoiled with no problems but the claim is that the oil couldn't get into the tight spaces of the bushings; today I no longer pull my chains off because I'm lazy so I just use a Park Cyclone chain cleaning machine.
Anywho, Sheldon revised that earlier comments with this: http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
"Since Bicycle chains do not have O-rings seals like Motorcycle chains have you will never have an issue with cleaning lube out of places you cannot get lube back into."Sheldon Brown had the following to say about that:
FWIW, chain manufacturers say not to soak chains in cleaner, so that original lubricant is not removed from innermost areas.
New chains come pre-lubricated with a grease-type lubricant which has been installed at the factory. This is an excellent lubricant, and has been made to permeate all of the internal interstices in the chain.
This factory lube is superior to any lube that you can apply after the fact.
Some people make the bad mistake of deliberately removing this superior lubricant. Don't do this!
The factory lubricant all by itself is usually good for several hundred miles of service if the bike is not ridden in wet or dusty conditions. It is best not to apply any sort of lube to a new chain until it is clearly needed, because any wet lube you can apply will dilute the factory lube."
Excerpted from http://sheldonbrown.com/chains.html
For all those eager advocates of SPD clips, or any other mechanical method of attaching your feet to the pedals, here's something few of the clip using fraturnity rarely tell you. Unless you aquaint yourself at an early stage in your cycling life and feel very comfortable getting in and out of clips at split-second notice without having time to think you might end up as I did a few years back, running out of momentum on a steep hill and quite suddenly face down on the black-top.
Unless you're a serious road racer I see very little justification for any kind of clips.
Cycling shoes have been some kind of plastic for about a decade or two now. Wet cycling shoes is not really an issue. If you wear socks, the socks will get wet from sweat or rain. But plastic shoes getting wet is not a problem.
After two weeks on the transamerica I can report that a) we're glad we brought the straps because it's not necessary to clip and unclip each time we open the panniers.