How to Clean your BikeJust hosing down your bike once in a while and letting it dry isn’t enough. In fact, water (especially when coming from a high-pressure hose) can actually cause damage to your bike’s sensitive wheel and hub bearings. So when washing with water, do it carefully. Most dirty bike components can be cleaned by wiping them carefully with a damp cloth. Other components require occasional brushing, buffing and lubrication.
How Often to Clean your BikeYour bike cleaning schedule is really dependent on where and how often you ride it. If your rides are frequently in wet, muddy conditions, or if you ride hard, fast and all the time, you will need to clean your bike more often. We aren’t suggesting that you need to clean your bike after every ride. But you should set up a schedule of regular bike cleaning, depending on the type of riding you prefer. Here is what you’ll need…
- Keep plenty of clean rags around for grease, oil and wax-related tasks and for general cleaning and drying.
- You can use diluted dishwashing soap or one of the quality bike wash cleaners available at Pete’s, for frame cleaning.
- Used carefully, clean water is important to have access to.
- Pete’s offers bike detailing brushes; have several sizes and shapes on hand to get into hard-to-reach places to remove the grime that rinsing alone can’t get. In a pinch, an old toothbrush can work.
- A general or bike-specific solvent (avoid kerosene or turpentine) will clean up grimy parts like your bike chain. Choose a solvent that is safe on the environment, and always dispose of all used solvents properly.
Here’s a Tip: when lubricating a number of parts at once, remember the order in which you apply the lubricants. Wiping off excess lube in the same order will give the lubricants time to soak in.