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 When you get back from riding is the time to take action!! Although you may be fatigued from your ride (we hope itwas a good one!) it is important to clean your bike ASAP so it does not remain dirty and wet. If it doesn?t get cleaned now it will only be more difficult later and lead to other problems! If your bike is not wet, muddy, or very dirty, a good technique involves just wiping it down with a dry towel. Sometimes we use Armor All which is an automotive interior dash cleaner and protector! Spray a little on a dry towel and wipe down the frame, crank arms, handlebars, fork tubes after the bike is cleaned. Do not apply to the rims however, as it will adversely affect the braking. While you do this you will also be inspecting your bike and noticing any problem areas (loose cables or bolts, debris in freewheel, dirt on derailleurs, etc.) You can then clean and lube your chain. Never leave a chain wet as it will promote rust and lead to chain failure in the future. Other maintenance steps can be done after your bike has been cleaned.

 

If your bike was muddy or wet and requires a more extensive cleaning, here is how to do it. First, you need to use a hose and a bucket with a sponge or cloth and some soap. You can use bicycle soap or automotive soap you would use to clean your car or vehicle. Hose down your bike completely while holding it upright with one hand. You can roll it to clean the wheels or lay it down and let the hose spray spin the wheels to rinse them off. It is also helpful to use a scotch pad to clean dirt and grease off of the rims to allow for good braking. We like the use of Simple Green cleaner on your bike, the rims, and the drivetrain. The treads will probably be the worst area for mud. Avoid alot of high pressure spray in the area of the crank bearings or wheel hub bearings if possible. Direct the hose spray into the front and rear brake shoes, the chainrings and freewheel (rear gear cluster), and other areas as needed. Turn the bike upside down and rest it on the seat and handlebars to hose down the underside. Then use your soapy water and clean the underneath. Next, upright the bike or lay it on it?s side and soap down the rest of the bike. Rinse off with the hose and then towel dry everything.

 

It is important to now clean the chain and lube it. Also, it is a good idea to remove any sticks, leaves, or other debris from the inside of the rear gear cluster (the freewheel) with a thin, long tool such as a screwdriver, tableknife, or tool which is designed to get between the gears and take out debris. It is also a good idea to use a regular screwdriver or cloth to clean off the pulleys on the rear derailleur. These are the two ?gears? which the chain rides over and are usually are quite dirty. You should clean the inside and outside surface while moving the chain through the pulleys. Almost always there is a build up of dirt, grease, etc. which should be removed. Remember to lubricate your chain after washing and cleaning it so that it repels water... You will feel good to know that you are putting your bike awayCLEAN and now you can RELAX and enjoy your post ride festivities!