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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.

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How to Clean Your Bike

Cleaning your bike regularly will do more than give it back its gleam. Frequent cleaning will:

  • Save you money, as grease, dirt and grit wear out and damage bike parts.
  • Provide a better ride. A clean bike in top condition is more likely to deliver the best ride possible.
  • Get you to work on time - everyone knows a shiny bike is faster!

Your cleaning checklist

Grab yourself the following items and then follow our simple 5-step plan:

To save some money, we recommend picking up the Muc Off Bike Cleaning Pack - it includes everything you need.

How To Clean Your Bike

  1. Stand your bike upright, spray the bike cleaner onto the frame and use a sponge and warm water to remove most of the dirt.
  2. Dip your chain brush in degreaser and scrub your gear cassette, jockey wheels, chain rings and chain, and then rinse everything off with water.
  3. Spray the bike cleaner onto your wheels and make sure you brush the braking area of the rims if you have rim brakes.
  4. Rinse the bike using clean water, and 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.
  6. Apply some bike polish for that finishing touch.

Top Tips

  • Don't rinse your brakes or gears too much, as they need a small amount of grease.
  • After cleaning, spray or drip lubricant onto your bike chain and all degreased parts and wipe off the excess. Remember to keep this lubricant off your braking surfaces!
  • Although some companies advertise using pressure washers on bikes, we don't recommend it. Pressure washers can force water into components and remove the grease, which can lead to them becoming damaged.

Bike cleaning products are made to be kind to your bike and cut through all the muck that builds up when you're riding, so you can spend less time scrubbing and more time riding. Take a look at our range of bike cleaning products and get ready to show the competition a clean set of wheels.

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