Cleaning Your Bike





Introduction: Cleaning Your Bike

After a while of riding your bike, you probably notice how dirty it can get.

This instructable will show you how to clean your bike safely, without rusting.

Step 1: Materials

These area the basic materials you will need for cleaning your bike.

- Leaf blower (optional)

- rags (old, clean socks and shirts work well)

- WD-40 or any good oil

- brake parts cleaner (optional)

- hose (with water in in it)

- grease

Step 2: Washing

Now it's time to spray your bike off. Be sure to spray every part off. If your seat is old and falling apart, you might not want to spray it. This is a list of the following places you might want to clean.

- Chain

- sprockets

- under side

- rims, if rim brakes

- disks, if disk brakes

- pretty much everything

Just blast away. DON'T USE A POWER SPRAYER. You might peel the paint off.
Also, the grease on the chain picks up a lot of dust and dirt, so be sure to spray it off.

Step 3: Drying

Now that you gave your bike a nice shower, my guess is that it's wet.

Start the leaf blower, and blow as much water of the bike as you can. Be sure to include the chain, sprockets, and anything that contains moving parts. Also, if your bike has scratches on it, be sure to remove any water from around it. Other wise, it may start to rust.

If you don't have a blower, than you can use a rag. Make sure the rag has no sand or dirt in it, or you will scratch the bike up.

Step 4: Oiling

Now that it is dry, it's time to oil it. Oil places that have moving parts in them.
Use grease on:

- chain

- sprockets

- shifting gears (on the back of the bike)

- peddle bar axle

- wheel axles

Use WD-40 for:

- shifter box

- Brake handle axle

- do not oil your brakes, disks, or rims. Otherwise, you lose some of your braking power.

- peddles

The oil helps make less friction, like micro ball bearings. WD-40 stands for water displacement, and the 40 is because the person who invented it, perfected it by the 40th time

Step 5: More Cleaning

Just in case the the oil got on the disk or rim, you might want to clean it with brake parts cleaner.

Spray on the disk or rim, and wash of with the rag. Be sure not to get any of the cleaner on the paint; it might melt it away.

Step 6: Done

Now you can ride a nice clean and oiled bike.

Have fun!


and good luck

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Step 7:

guys, i get the picture that you think wd is bad for a chain, so there is no reason to keep telling me that.  my dad is a millwright, and he works with machinery with chains and other stuff all the time.  he's been doing it for over 30 years.  and we've been oiling our bike with wd, and  never had a problem!



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    WD40 is not a good lubricant for sensitive bike chains. Heavy, slow running chains for machinery could be lubed with WD40, but the super-light, super-fast running chain on your bike needs a better lubricant.
    The chain on higher-end bikes are really thin and can be flexed to the sides for shifting gears. They are not to be compared with machinery chains.
    Buy oil which is likely cheaper than WD40, save money on your lubricant & on not having to replace your parts as much.

    yeah i use brake cleaner also. i was using 3 in one as my oil but it gets really dirty really fast. so i might switch to white lighting good for desert enviroment.

    yes, wd 40 isn't good for bearing parts such as hub-freehub-chain-bottom bracket and headset..silicone lube will be great

    wd40 as problems, it remove any greasse  so i sugest silicon lube

    use rags! don't burn gasoline to dry off your earth saving machine

    everytime i get home after using my bike, i shower it with the hose and let it dry overnight and the next morning i do the oiling =D
    never had a problem with it

    Thats the way we do it in america, live with it

    Another Quick Remark, Don't spray the chain either. It can take the oil off the chain and cause it to rust faster.

    Agreed... WD-40 is terrible for bikes, it removes what lube is already on the drivetrain and then quickly dissipates. Only use lube and grease that is specifically formulated for bikes.

    Rubbing alcohol also works. I use denatured alcohol to clean my brakes. I think I might try brake cleaner though.