How to Wash Your Bike

Thứ bảy - 27/04/2024 01:08
Clean bicycles not only look nice, but they also work better and go faster. Regular washings will keep your bike free from costly repairs or damage due to rust or corrosion, and it only takes 10-15 minutes to do it properly. Always clean...
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Clean bicycles not only look nice, but they also work better and go faster. Regular washings will keep your bike free from costly repairs or damage due to rust or corrosion, and it only takes 10-15 minutes to do it properly.

Part 1
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Cleaning the Drivetrain

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    Biodegreaser, otherwise known as biodegradable solvent, cuts through grime like soap but won't ruin or gum up your chain. You can find it at most bike stores, near the lubricant. Pour a little bit on your rag and clamp it over the chain, lightly enough that the chain can still freely move between your fingers. Pedal the bike with your other hand, running the chain for 2-3 cycles.[2]
    • Run the chain through the rag 2-3 more times, placing pressure lightly with your fingers on the top, bottom, and both sides of the chain.
    • Knock off any patches of grease or grime with your rag if they are still visible.
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    Gears need to be flossed to keep grime and dirt out of the cassette. Dip your brush into a mixture of water and biodegradable solvent and run it between each set of gears. If it is easier, hold the brush in place while you pedal with the other hand.
    • Use a screwdriver or pick to knock off built-up deposits from hard to reach areas.
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    If it looks dirty, it's got to go. Use your damp rag, brush, and a little degreaser to get into as many nooks and crannies as you can and make your bike sparkling clean. Let the wheels do the work whenever possible by keeping the rag/brush in place and spinning the pedals. Commonly forgotten areas include:
    • The jockey wheels, the small cogs on the derailleur arm that need cleaning too.
    • The backside (closest to the bike) of the chain rings.
    • The bike frame, joints, and hinges near the chain.
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    Lube your bike chain immediately after cleaning it. No matter how often you bike, you should always have a bottle of chain lube handy, which should both lubricate the chain and protect it from dirt and moisture. Slowly turn the pedals after cleaning and drying everything. Apply a single drop of lube to every 2-4 links, where one link meets another. Once you've hit the whole chain, shift through your gears and apply another 10-12 drops to make sure everything, cassette included, has a nice even coating. Use your rag to wipe up any excess lube from the chain when you are done, as extra lube can hold dirt and lead to grime. If you are going to clean the rest of your bike as well, wait and do this at the very end.
    • Your goal is a light coating of lube on the entire chain, not to drench it in lube. It should light coat your fingers if you touch the chain.
    • Feel the chain with your fingers -- if it feels dry then you need to apply more lube.
    • Never use WD-40 on a bike chain -- it is not made for the weather or stress.
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Part 2
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Cleaning Your Frame and Wheels

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    Scrub up and down the entire frame, which is the metal body of the bike, with a sponge and warm water. Never use a rough or abrasive brush on your frame, even with persistent stains. This can scratch your paint off and make the bike prone to rusting.
    • If there is a particularly tricky bit of grime, apply a small drop of soap or degreaser onto the spot with some water and let it soak for several minutes. Methodically scrub, in a circular motion, until you get it removed.
    • If you have caliper breaks (two black pads which pinch the top of the wheel), use the rough side of the sponge to remove any crud build up on them.
    • If you have disc brakes (attached metal disc to the wheels), wipe down both sides with the soft side of the sponge.[4]
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    You don't want water sitting around and pooling in your components. Take a clean, dry rag or towel and wipe up excess water. Focus on the joints and components -- anywhere where water could presumably sit for a long time. When you're done, put the bike back together and let it air dry, preferably in the sun.
    • If you were resting the bike on its saddle and bars, wipe these downs when you flip the bike back over before you start drying everything.
    • If you're cleaning your bike on a damp or cloudy day, take a little more time drying everything off.
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Part 3
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Keeping Your Bike Clean

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  • Only use bicycle lube on a bike, not automotive or WD-40.
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  • Do not spray the bike with high pressured water, it will wash away grease and lubricants that your bike needs. It may also intrude into areas where you do not want water intrusion like the hubs and pedal housing.
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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket of soapy water.
  • Sponges
  • Bike Stand
  • Garden hose or clean water bucket
  • Rags and/or towels
  • Scrub brush
  • Chain lubricant
  • Clean drying towel.
  • Degreaser

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