I might be concerned that the brake clean might damage the orings or get past them and dissolve the grease in the links. JMHO.I use kerosene as my chain cleaner. Best chain cleaner for its effectiveness and because it's $10 for a gallon at Homedepot. So, after I am done cleaning the chain I would spray kerosene on the rim. I'd also use brake clean too if I do not use kerosene.