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Completely cleaning a bicycle is either expensive and time consuming or knowledge intensive. Here is a cheap and fast method for cleaning your bike.

This method allows you to clean the frame, gears, derailleurs, chain and wheels without taking parts off the bike.
 
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Step 1: Collect tools

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You will need a degreaser (I use shout the laundry cleaner), a power washer, oil (do not use wd40) and a wet dry vac.

Step 2: Really dirty bike

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If the bike is really dirty power wash it first. Please, be careful that you don't use a very tight/powerful setting. You want to avoid ripping the paint off of the bike.

Step 3: Fairly ditry bike

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Spray the degreaser on the parts of the bike that are dirity. I like to use Shout! becuase it is fairly viscous and will not easily drip off the bike.

Step 4: Pressure wash bike

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After waiting about ten minutes user the presure washer on the bike. You should be able to get into the parts that you can't with your fingers.

Step 5: Check for cleanleness

If the bike is not clean enough for you go back to step two. If it is go to next step.

Step 6: Vacume bike

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Use a wet dry vac to dry off the bike.

Step 7: Oil chain and derailleurs

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Oil the chain and both deraillerus. After you have oiled the chain take a rag and wipe off chain.

Step 8: Ride bike

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Take your bike for a nice ride.