Cleaning your bike regularly is an important part of maintaining it and ensuring you ride safely. Water, debris, and mud cause the parts on your bike to deteriorate and corrode after time. Also, ensuring your bike parts are lubricated helps prevent them from freezing up and causing rust. Learn how you can keep your bike in top operating condition with these maintenance tips.
You can find many of the items you will need for cleaning your bike around the house. Clean rags and brushes are must haves for overall cleaning and small spaces. You will need either bike wash or diluted dishwashing liquid to clean the bike frame. You will also need degreaser to clean the bike chain. It is important to note you will want to avoid degreasers that contain turpentine or kerosene. After cleaning the bike chain, apply chain lubricant to it. While you will need water, you should avoid using a high-pressure hose, as it can damage the intricate parts of the bike. Although not necessary, a bike stand comes in very handy during cleaning.
After assembling your cleaning supplies, you will want to clean your bike in four steps:
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