What cleaning tools will you need?
You may already have some tools that will do the job but having bike specific cleaning tools that are ready to go in a kit will help make this task easier and you will clean your bike more regularly. The tools you need include a large bristled brush – bike brush, small bristled brush, cloths – used wet and dry, bike cleaning detergent and a chain cleaning degreaser. We recommend eco-freindly products that are better for you and the environment. You may also choose to have some specific There are specific cleaning tools to help you keep certain parts of your bike clean like the chain scrub tool. See what is in a bike cleaning kit.
Are you cleaning the whole bike or a specific part of the bike?
Certain parts of the bike need some extra special cleaning care to make sure your bike performs well. Specifically the drivetrain – that is the chain, chain ring, the rear cluster and jockey wheels. (See your know your bike chain if you are unsure of these bike parts) If you have the right cleaning tools ( as described above) then keeping these parts of the bike clean is easier. Learn how to clean you bike chain, and drivetrain. Remember if you clean your chain you must always lube your chain
What cleaning solution will you need?
If you are cleaning your whole bike you will need a general bike cleaning detergent. You can use your kitchen detergent (biodegradable) a few squeezes in a bucket of water however bike specific detergents will fight the grease better. A cleaning solution in a spray bottle helps you spray into had to reach areas and components. Green oils – chain cleaner can also be used as a general bike cleaner by diluting in water at a 1:10 ratio. Cleaning you chain requires a specific chain cleaner to help you get rid of the grease mud and dirt. Green Oils- chain clean in its undiluted form.
How often do you need to clean your bike?
For most of us – simply – more than you do. A clean bike performs better and lasts longer. Cleaning your bike offers you the opportunity to check and learn about your bike. Get yourself a bike cleaning kit
so you are always ready for that cleaning opportunity and understand when you must clean your bike in this story
Getting the kids involved
If kids have a bike they need to learn to take care of that bike. Get them involved in regularly cleaning the bike. Keep focused on the fun part of cleaning – water and bubbles, and use fun and easy cleaning tools eg. spray bottle and bike brush. Have a family bike cleaning kit that everyone in the family knows where it is and how to use it. See Bike cleaning for the kids and you. Bike cleaning questions and answers
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Lube your chain after cleaning it
Once dry from the cleaning process you MUST lube your chain. For more on lube see Chain Lube Buying Guide