Everyone has their own style when they clean their bike. I am sharing mine this week, so you can clean your bike like a Semi-Pro, I’m also on the hunt for new ideas on ways to get the job done. Also, I talk about my favourite lube, and break down the great disc brake debate. What are your thoughts on road disc brakes?
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There’s the quick and easy wipe down after every ride, well not after every ride, but hat tip to Mr Cycling Tips for the baby wipe recommendation. This has been working a charm for years, but what about your fortnightly bike wash, at least that’s usually my rhythm when it comes to cleaning, it gets a little more serious.
Firstly though, be gentle and patient when you wash your bike, don’t force things. Your fingers and nails will thank you. I always get stung, which sucks ass, especially in winter! So take your time, put on a podcast or some music and put the time in that your beast deserves.
I’m not so sure that washing like a pro is all it’s cracked up to be. They are blasting their bikes because they rebuild their machines regularly, and have to knock out a lot of bikes in one go. Use the right tools for the job though, which is fairly similar to a pro mechanic set-up.
Bike Cleaning Essentials
- Stand: Bottom bracket and front fork clamp are the biznas.
- Chain holder
- Bucket or two
- Dish washing liquid or CT18 truck wash
- Sponge or yellow dish cloth
- Long brush and two short ones
- Cut-off bidon for degreaser
- Paint brush
- Lint free rags or towel
- Bonus: High pressure hose connected to a air compressor
How to Clean Your Bike Like a Semi-Pro
- Remove accessories and wheels from frame. Saddle Bag etc.
- Wheels: Hose off and wipe down
- Hose down frame
- Wipe down the frame and chain etc with a clean cloth wet cloth
- Degrease your greasy bits then hose off
- Move the chain onto both chainrings and repeat the process
- Take time to let soak in by returning to the wheels
- Scrub cassette and hubs with long brush then hose off
- Clean with sponge and soapy water
- Hose off
- Dry off
- Hose off degreaser
- White bartape pro tip. Put dishwashing liquid directly on bartape and scrub with small brush
- Clean frame and forks with soaped up sponge
- Hose off starting with highest point off the bike
- Wipe down to dry – air compressor or towel
- If i have time i’ll use some saddle polish or leather conditioner
- Pro Gold for the win.
- Also, take the time to check over your bike for cracks etc.
What have I missed? Got any tips that you can share with SPC listeners get in touch!
Photo Credit: Mikey Wally via Flickr