June 23, 2016
Let me remind you how much we love cleaning. A clean bike looks good, performs better, lasts longer and is easier to maintain. All great reasons to reach for your cleaning kit. A bike cleaning kit should contain a bicycle cleaning brush, making your job so much easier. This is not just another tool but a great cleaning tool that is durable, hard working and versatile. If you take the time to clean you want that time to be well spent resulting in the best clean possible. A bicycle brush gives you that. Features: The Bicycle Brush has a burly handle (comfortable to hold) and long bristles (gets between your widest sprockets) that are plant based, not plastic. They are durable, you can expect 10 years of use from your bike brush. Initially some bristles will fall out – this is OK. The bristles will also soften with use. The Bicycle Brush also has a ‘Cog Spike’ on the butt of the handle. Its rounded in one direction, yet edged in the other (see below for how to use this part of your brush). How to use your Bike Cleaning Brush for the first time: 1. Soak Bicycle Brush bristles in water. 2. If using for frame cleaning, test on a small area to ensure paint compatibility. 3. After applying a bike cleaner like Clean Green or a Clean Chain degreaser, use the brush to scrub and lather. 4. Thoroughly rinse the Bicycle Brush after your finished. 5. Leave to dry. Areas on your bike where bristles do great work: The Bicycle Brush can be used in lots of ways, and one of our favorites is for sprocket scrubbing. Take the rear wheel off your bike, cover the sprocket set (cogs) in a chain cleaner, then scrub hard with a Bicycle Brush. The bristles get nicely into the gaps. We also love tyre scrubbing, see Cleaning Your Bike Tyres – this is a great and an easy one for the kids. Other places that are really important to clean regularly – headset, bottom bracket and cranks, suspension pivots, chain (see our detailed chain clean story here), where parts of your bike join the frame e.g. seat post, wheel hubs. See the photos below to see where the dirt hides! You may not know all these bike parts or have all these bike parts on your bike this doesn’t matter. Cleaning is about dirt and grime build up in, on and around parts of your bike that join together or move. Brush bristles are great at getting into these places making your cleaning job much easier. How to use the cog spike: Simply hold against the derailleur cog of your stationary upside down bike, run the chain through to spin the cogs (you can turn the cranks back by hand to do this), and watch the mud scrape off!