How to wash your bike

Saturday 30 September 2017, Filed in: Blog

Cleaning your bike



At any time of the year your bike should be in optimum working condition .
But even more so in the winter when conditions put more wear and tear on components and you need better performance from tyres and brakes. One of the best ways to do this is to keep your bike clean


First, We don't recommend using a pressure washer to clean your bike or use washing up liquid as it contains salt that is corrosive and abrasive. The pressure washer will force water into areas of the bike that it wouldn't normally find it’s way into eg: cable housing, frame structure, hubs, bottom bracket, headset, washing out all the vital oils and greases.

You should use a bike wash like MUC-OFF or Dirt Wash (others are available) which can be sprayed on the bike and mixed with hot water in a bucket, and using a brush to wash of mud and dirt.

A degreaser may be used on chain and sprockets with a small brush. We find Citrus degreasers works really well at getting rid of Oil and contamination. Use clean water in a watering can to rinse off, all parts should be dried off before lubricating.

Note: You should take care with disc brakes, try to avoid getting any oils & lubricants on disc & pads as this will contaminate the pads and cause loss of braking and cause brake squeal. These parts can be cleaned with specific disc brake cleaners.

Give your bike's frame and moving parts a blast of aerosol lube. Products like?Brunox Turbo Spray or TF2/GF85 are great for?loosening rusted, stuck, or stiff metal parts but are not ideal as a lubricant for bike chains, wheel hubs, bottom bracket and headsets.

DO NOT SPRAY BRAKE BLOCKS/DISCS OR WHEEL RIMS.

At Cycle Tech Oldham we stock a wide range of cleaning and lubrication products, contact us below for details

Contact us Here

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