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Soliciting tips on cleaning wheels(5 posts)

Soliciting tips on cleaning wheelsfunknuggets
May 7, 2003 10:05 AM
Man, My Open Pros look like I have running through filth. I had a long ride in heavy fog with some extended downhills so I have brakedust streaks on the rims and it streaks outward on the sidewalls of the tire. I can get the tires clean, but what do you guys use on the brakepad-streaks on the rims? Should I use steel wool, a specific chemical... or should I just leave it... it just makes my bike look dirty.

Thanks in advance,
Ahhh! This is easy!Gregory Taylor
May 7, 2003 11:00 AM
I use Simple Green and a scrub brush (longish plastic bristles, like a toilet brush). Squirt the rim/tire with full strength Simple Green, let it work a minute or two, hit it with the scrub brush, rinse with cold water from a hose. Repeat if necessary.

I don't use Simple Green or a point the hose near the hub, etc., as I don't want to risk contaminating the grease. Aiming a stream of water at the axle, etc, is an invite to problems. The seals do a decent job sealing out rain, but you can push water up into the bearings if you point a pressurized stream of water at the axle. Ditto with most headsets.
May 7, 2003 11:02 AM
is for nancys. Be proud of where your bike has been!
re: Soliciting tips on cleaning wheelsTWD
May 7, 2003 11:27 AM
A scotch brite pad (you know the kind you use to scrub that pan of leftover Lazagna that sat just a day too long) works wonders on your rims and brake pads.

Soapy water and a brush (or simple green like was suggested already) will work good to clean up your tires and rims, but you need to make sure to rinse it really well to get any soap residue off of your braking surfaces, and a brush won't get off the really caked on gunk left by your brake pads if you ride in really nasty stuff.

Once you have the wheels cleaned up really well, use a clean section of the scotch brite pad and soak it in rubbing alcohol. Scrub your rims and brake pads with that combo one more time, then wipe them off with a clean dry rag. It takes pretty much anything else remaining off of your rims and brake pads.

Be carefull though, cleaning your rims and pads with the alcohol restores your braking power to more than you thought you ever had. Don't go grabbing a handfull of brake until you get used to having brakes that work again.
simple green non-diluted works for me (nm)ColnagoFE
May 7, 2003 12:24 PM