It is our guess you do not clean your bike as often as you need to. So when and how often should you clean your bike?
Set up a cleaning routine depending on;
- how often you ride. The more you ride the more you should clean e.g. commuters/everyday riders should clean regularly.
- how the weather is. Wet weather flicks up grime and grit from the road. Dry, off road trails mean lots of dust stuck to your chain.
- where you tend to ride. Mountain biking tends to cover the bike in dirt so it will need sprayed down more often than a bike that travels on the road.
Understand more about when you MUST clean your bike
Get set up
What should I use to clean my bike? What cleaning tools do I need?
To help you to clean your bike regularly get a cleaning kit together so you are always ready to clean. Check out what you need in your bike cleaning kit.
- gentle degreasing detergent , several soft cloths (wet & dry), chain cleaning & lubing also requires cloths, a bicycle cleaning brush, toothbrush and/or old paintbrushes (small to medium size), bucket
Set up your bike
Flip your bike upside down to clean it. You will be able to see where all the dirt from the ground has flicked up to.
You have your kit, get your spray bottle out, give a couple of squirts of chain clean or a detergent into your bucket and fill it up with water and your ready to go.
Let’s get cleaning
Your job is now to remove all that mud/grit/sand/grease. How are you going to go about it ? Gently spray your bike with water using a hose on a gentle spray or use your cloth and bucket of water to give it a general wash down – remove what dirt you can. Then you will need to target specific parts of the bike with your bicycle cleaning brushes and cloths.
Grab your kit, bike is upside down, …get cleaning.
Cleaning specific parts of the bike using your bike cleaning tools
Whats the bicycle brush for? The bristles from the brush help to move out any dirt, gravel, sand etc from places they may have got lodged in. The brush is also very good at creating lather on your frame or tyres. See this story for more information on How to Use a Bicycle Brush for cleaning
Whats the toothbrush for? Getting bristles into small, tricky places.
What are the cloths for? Rubbing, scrubbing – any hard to move bits of dirt and drying off when you’ve finished. Also use the edge to get in between things e.g. use the edge to run between the disks in your rear cluster. Try to keep separate dry and wet cloths. And chain specific cloths – one for cleaning, one for wiping up excess lube.
Now spray your bike down to remove all detergent or wash down with water and a cloth, or tip buckets of water over it. Don’t use a high pressure water hose on any moveable parts of your bike. Its essential water does not get forced into any spaces in your bike that have bearings.
Let your bike drip dry or give it a rub down with your dry cloth. Remember if you have cleaned your chain you will need to lube your chain. Then store it in a protected/covered place where it can remain dry. Water left on your bike will damage it….
Kids and cleaning. Kids cleaning their bike teaches them to take care of and respect their belongings. You can start to introduce you, and them, to parts of the bike and check your bike at the same time. See these stories Bike Cleaning for Kids and You , Questions and answers bike cleaning
Bike Cleaning brush – scrubbing the bike chain.
The end of the brush to remove mud and grit
Using cloths to remove mud and dirt.
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