Bike Cleaning Buying Guide
QUICK BIKE WASH TIPS
Now that you have all of your bike cleaning essentials, here is a quick guide on how to use them to best effect. Everyone has their own way of cleaning their bike so this process is by no means set in stone; have a play and find a routine that works best for you...
- Secure the bike in a bike work stand or balance it in an upright position.
- Apply degreaser to the mechs, the front chainset and chainrings, the chain and the rear wheel sprockets. Leave to work.
- Spray the bike with bike cleaning fluid and gently brush to loosen the dirt or apply with a sponge and wipe down.
- Work your way from top to bottom starting with the seat and handlebars, then the frame.
- Remove the front wheel and clean the tyre, rims, spokes and hub.
- Clean the front forks and front brakes.
- Remove the back wheel and clean the tyre, rims, spokes, hub and cassette.
- Clean the rear end of the bike frame as well as the brakes, rear mech and chainrings, crank arms and pedals.
- Put the wheels back on.
- Clean the chain using a special chain cleaning device or a sponge.
- Fully rinse the bike and wheels with clean water using a hose or bucket of water and sponge to remove any soap or cleaning residue.
- Oil the chain, rear sprockets, front and rear mechs with a specially formulated chain lubricant.
- Use a finishing bike spray to help remove any leftover moisture and to apply a protective layer, but be careful not to spray this on any braking surfaces including disk brakes, disk brake pads or your tyres.
- Stand back and admire your good work and super clean bike!