Tips On Bicycle Cleaning To Keep Your Bike Riding Smooth And Looking Great
Bicycle cleaning sounds like a
no-brainer but there are some very important things to keep in mind to
keep it looking good and, more importantly, make sure you are riding
Most cyclists like to keep their bikes looking good but keeping it
clean goes way beyond just looking shiny and helps to keep running
smooth and trouble free as well.
How often you need to clean it depends on on how frequently you ride and what kind of riding you do.
instance, if you ride every day you should clean it once per month.
But, you are riding on dirt trails you need to clean it much more often
to prevent undue wear on all of the moving parts.
If you only ride once or twice per week on dry roads you can get away with cleaning it every two or three months.
Bicycle cleaning is not rocket science but some important things to keep in mind are....
Do not use a high pressure hose since you risk washing the lubricant out of bearings and hinge points that need to be lubricated.
Use a environmentally safe cleaner or just warm soapy water.
brushes to clean out hard to reach places where dirt accumulates. This
is where you will get wear that can cause mechanical problems.
Remove the wheels from the bike and clean rims and spokes
thoroughly. A good way to do this is to rest them on top of a bucket of
It is important that you spray degreaser on the chain ,derailleurs, crankset, and cassette cogs from the top down and not directly on the hub where it can get into the bearing areas and wash away needed lubricant.
Let the degreaser soak for a few minutes and wipe it dry with a clean, soft rag to prevent scratching.
You can clean the chain with a rag soaked in cleaning solution
but by far the easiest do it is with a chain cleaning tool like the
Park chain cleaning system
This is where a bicycle repair stand comes in very handy. You can
put the wheels back on the bike and just turn the pedal while letting
the cleaning tool do its job.
Use different rags for cleaning greasy parts than you use on the
frame. There will be some grit in the grease that could scratch smooth
After you clean make sure to lubricate
critical points like the chain and sprockets as well as any hinge points
like derailleurs, brake pivots etc.
A good lubricant is called Tri-Flow
which has teflon particles in it. It has excellent penetration and
Note: I have no
relationship with Tri-Flow. I just love their products. I have been
using them for 25 years and found them to be one product that
over-delivers on their promised performance.