How to: Bike Cleaning Guide
Spending the time to thoroughly clean your bike every now and then will not only ensure the longevity of your components but keep the bike in peak performance. Cleaning your bike regularly also provides you the opportunity to check for any potential damage that can potentially compromise its integrity.
Where to begin?
Ensuring you have the right tools and supplies handy will make the cleaning process a lot more efficient. Here are a few items we suggest to get you started:
- Chain Lube
- Trigger operated hose nozzle
- Chain cleaning tool
- Cassette and sprocket brush
- Bucket & and Sponge
- Cleaning & drying rags (microfibre preferable)
- Bike stand (not essential but super handy)
Step 1 “De-Grease Lightning”
Generously apply degreaser to your cranks, cassette, sprocket, jockey wheels and chain. Let the degreaser sit for 30secs – 1min . (Best not to do this inside or on lawns.)
Use the chain cleaning tool to clean your chain thoroughly. Most chain cleaning devices can be held in one hand whilst turning the pedals to rotate the chain through the device. Be sure to place some degreaser diluted with water in the chamber of the chain cleanign tool.
Step 2 – Cleaning Bike Teeth
With the degreaser still on the various components use a synthetic bristled brush to quickly once over the sprockets, cassette and jockey wheels.
Grab the trigger operated hose then rinse the bike whilst brushing free the last debris and grit.
Step 3 – Wax on Wax Off
It is best practise to give your bike a gentle rinse before applying elbow grease no matter how clean or dirty it may be. Any fine debris can scratch the paint in the scrubbing process if an initial rinse is forgone.
Using detergent and tap water in a bucket, sponge the frame and wheels. Then rinse the soapy water off with a hose on moderate pressure.
Step 4 - Ooh Shiny
Dry the bike down with a microfibre towel including the components that where degreased. If your cleaning process was thorough the towel should not be overly dirty once the bike is dry. Be especially sure to dry all steel parts of the bike to avoid rusting.
Step 5 – Slip ‘n’ Slide
Using a good quality chain lube apply sparingly to the jockey wheel and chain whilst turning the pedals. Complete several revolutions to insure smoothness of pedalling. Additional lubricant can be applied to handlebar leavers and gearing cables. Be sure to wipe free any seepage.
Note: Be careful not to over apply the lubricant as this will increase the gunk that gets caught on your next ride. Also steer clear of your rims and brakes when applying lube!
That’s it you’re done! Easy, right? Your bike’s now good to go!