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How do I clean my bike??(4 posts)

How do I clean my bike??chskin
May 13, 2003 3:51 PM
So there I was off to a Duathlon in the pouring rain. Bike mounted on the back of the car, muddy transition zone, basically a very dirty day. Being the responsible bike owner that I am, I cleaned off old faithful with a mild soap solution and rinsed her down. De-greased and then re-greased the chain.

Question: What else should I do? Where are the hiding spots that water will sneak into and rear its ugly head 6 months down the line?

I just want to do what's right for my baby.

Some suggestions:coonass
May 13, 2003 6:49 PM
1) check for water in the frame....(treat with Frame-Saver if it's a steel frame.
2) before your next outing, seal the 'weld-holes' by wiping a silicone sealant over them to prevent water/mud from entering the frame.
3) apply oil or WD40 to your derailleurs,brakes and probably to your cable.
4) spray Pledge on your frame...or a good auto polish.
5) remove seat-post from frame and wipe everything down with dry rag and lubricate before re-installing seat-post...

1)if you don't want to apply a coat of car wax, a spray with Pledge will help the painted finish.
WD 40lunchrider
May 14, 2003 10:02 AM
I use WD40 to loosen up rusted shut locks. Its solvent not a lube or a cleaner. I wouldn't let it touch my bikes.
Many uses for WD40coonass
May 14, 2003 10:50 AM
especially to help displace moisture from mechanical items...I personally prefer Mobil 1 (0w-10) for my compents' lubrication and apply it with a precision oiler (distributes one-drop-at-a-time). Here are some other uses for WD40:
btw....if interested in the Precision Oiler, it's the size of a fountain pen and you can fill it with the lubricant of your's perfect for placing one or two drops on the axis of your components and not getting oil over everything. It's available at Sears Tool Dept.(not a Craftsman) in the Skill Tech section and costs about $4-$5.