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What's a good cleaning kit?(5 posts)

What's a good cleaning kit?fbg111
Jul 30, 2002 4:14 AM
I want to keep my new bike clean, so what solutions/tools do ya'll recommend? Thanks,

re: What's a good cleaning kit?PEDDLEFOOT
Jul 30, 2002 4:23 AM
I've had good luck with the Finish Line chain cleaning kit.As for brushes and such you could get the Park brush kit or save some money and go to any discount store and buy an assortment of cleaning brushes.As for cleaning solutions like degreasers I think it's generally accepted that Simple Green is about the best thing on the market and it's alot cheaper than buying a degreaser from your LBS.Make sure you also have an old tooth brush for thse hard to reach spots.
Call me cheap...Breakfast
Jul 30, 2002 7:25 AM
...but I save every toothbrush and have a large collection. Some get used with solvents, some only with detergents. Also, I've got brushes of several shapes and sizes purchased from the household and auto departments.

I buy Dawn dishwashing soap and a big bottle of Simple Green as detergents. I let dirty brushes sit in a solution of Simple Green when they get too greasy or dirty. A real dirty bike gets washed in the bike stand with soft brushes and lots of Dawn suds. Normally, I do a wipe down with clean rags for light road grime.

Simple green is used on oily, greasy spots on bike. I also have diesel gas for solvent. This is used on chains, derailleurs, and gears with toothbrushes and a small tub to catch run-off.

I use lots of rags for cleaning chores and old t-shirts and towels for a soft touch on frame, but those toothbrushes do the most for keeping the nooks and crannies clean.
re: What's a good cleaning kit?fbg111
Jul 30, 2002 11:16 AM
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Dry cleaningKerry
Jul 30, 2002 4:11 PM
I use rags to wipe things clean (including chain, cogs, derailleur pulleys, chain rings). Never have rust problems as a result. I used to use soap/water for cleaning and after a couple of years, I experienced rust in all kinds of nooks and crannies. No need for water, soap, or solvents, IMO.