This instructable will show you how to clean your bike safely, without rusting.
Step 1: Materials
- 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)
Step 2: Washing
- 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
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
Use grease on:
- 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.
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
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
WEAR A HELMET
and good luck