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How do I clean this sand off?(3 posts)

How do I clean this sand off?fracisco
Apr 24, 2002 4:47 PM
I took a ride last week on the bike path that runs along the beach, and it was a really, really windy day. I got home and found sand on the chain, on the chainrings/cogs, and just about anywhere there is any lubricant/exposed grease.

What is the best way to remove this sand and restore lubrication to everything? Towels? Toothbrush?
re: How do I clean this sand off?guido
Apr 24, 2002 7:40 PM
Bummer. I've gotten sand off my bikes by gently running water over the parts, while loosening the sand and dirt with a toothbrush, dipped in degreaser if necessary. BBs, hubs, headsets have seals that protect against water--or sand. After thoroughly washing all the exposed parts and wiping them dry with a soft rag, I lube pivot points on brake calipers and derailleurs, including the jockey wheels on the rear derailleur, with Tri Flow or equivilant, and lube the chain with White Lightning or some other chain lube that doesn't stay really wet.

That's pretty much it. You can feel any grit remaining by working the parts, and if necessary go over it again.
Just ordinary wash & lube--mountain bikers do it all the timecory
Apr 24, 2002 9:26 PM
The old bucket-of-soapy-water and rinse works fine. It's a standard mountain bike deal.