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Cleaning your bike regularly will do more than just keep it looking good. Frequent cleaning will:

  • save you money - grease, dirt and grit will wear and damage bike parts.
  • give you more fun -a clean bike in tip-top condition is more likely to deliver the best ride possible.
How to Clean A Bike

Your cleaning checklist

Grab yourself the following items and then follow our simple 5-step plan:
  • a bucket of warm water.
  • bike cleaner, bike lube, bike polish
  • degreaser
  • rag, sponge, chamois leather
  • set of bike cleaning brushes

The best way to clean your bike

  1. Stand your bike upright, spray bike cleaner onto the frame and use a sponge and warm water to remove most of the dirt.
  2. Dip a chain brush in degreaser and scrub your gear cassette, jockey wheels, chain rings and chain. Then rinse everything off with water.
  3. Spray bike cleaner on your wheels and brush the braking area of the rims well. Don't leave pieces of material behind.
  4. Rinse the bike using clean water, then wipe the rest of your bike down using a sponge or a rag.
  5. Dry your bike straight away with a rag or chamois leather. Put some bike polish on for extra shine.

Extra bike cleaning tips

  • Don't use a pressure washer to clean your bike.
  • Don't rinse your brakes or gears too much, because they need a small amount of grease.
  • If you want the best results, spray or dip lubricant onto your bike chain and all degreased parts.

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