5 WAYS TO WASH YOUR BIKE PROPERLY

  • 5 WAYS TO WASH YOUR BIKE PROPERLY

    5 WAYS TO WASH YOUR BIKE PROPERLY

5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR BIKE CLEAN

1 - ASAP

The sooner after it gets mucky the better, fresh muck is easier to shift.

2 - RINSE

Give it a good rinse down with tap pressure water this should be enough to get rid of most stuff if
you’ve paid attention to point 1

3 - CLEANSE

For the stubborn stuff you might need to resort to a cleaner, use a bike
specific cleaner as these are tested for compatibility with things like carbon frames and disc brake pads.
A soft sponge or cloth for the frame will help get rid of crud but save the paintwork, a stiff brush for
the drivetrain and tyres can help and a chain cleaning device to get things squeaky clean.

4 - RINSE

Self-explanatory really, get rid of the detergent and remaining muck, tap pressure again please no bearing killing pressure washers here thanks. Now take a soft cloth and dry it off, a few bounces on the back wheel will
help shake off the excess water, use some paper towel or an old rag to dry the chain.

5 - POLISH & LUBE

Grab the polish, not Mr Sheen, or matt detailer and give the frame and forks a good bit of love
avoiding braking surfaces and brake pads - tip apply to the cloth not the frame to prevent getting it
where you don’t want it. Now lube wise the golden rule is less is more, use a good quality chain
lube in a dropper bottle and 1 drop on each link is enough, a drop on the derailleur and brake pivots
(rim brakes only), give it a minute then wipe away any excess. If you’ve got bouncy bits front and/or back the best tip here is to wipe a small amount of the brands seal lubricant onto the stanchion(s) and cycle it a few times to keep things smooth, same for your office chair seat post. Now if I see you reaching for the big can of WD40 I’ll chop your hands off, it’s good for easing tight things around the house (no not the other half who won’t let you buy a new bike) but not on your pride and joy.

Now grab a cuppa!

Neil Limb // Head Mechanic @ The Yorkshire Cycle Hub


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