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How to Clean a Bike Guide + Video

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Get some helpful tips from Halfords on the best way to clean your bike.

How to Clean A Bike

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.

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

  • Stand your bike upright, spray bike cleaner onto the frame and use a sponge and warm water to remove most of the dirt.
  • Dip a chain brush in degreaser and scrub your gear cassette, jockey wheels, chain rings and chain. Then rinse everything off with water.
  • Spray bike cleaner on your wheels and brush the braking area of the rims well. Don't leave pieces of material behind.
  • Rinse the bike using clean water, then wipe the rest of your bike down using a sponge or a rag.
  • 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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