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Giving your bike its weekly clean and tidy.

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A great thing to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon after a good bike ride, maybe beforehand, then you'll have something to do after that aswell.

This instructable will cover:

- Cleaning your bike up without using a hose or anything likely to force water in to bearings.
- Cleaning and degreasing the sprockets.
- A little bit of De rusting on the likes of quick releases and small chrome components.
- Cleaning rims
- Some basic checks you should do at least weekly.
 
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Step 1: Stuff you'll need...

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You will need:

- A few rags, here I used a few disposable wet wupes that had been left out and dried up...
- A can of WD40 or similar degreasing compound.
- A can of lubricating oil for bikes or similar, I like 3in1 it's great though perhaps a bit viscous.
- A wire brush
- An hour at most but most likely half an hour

Step 2: Cleaning down the frame.

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This is very simple, unless it's truly caked in mud you'll need little other than one of the rags and some water.

Wipe down the frame all over just a quick sweep the first time.

Now come back down to the rear and begin removing the mud and dirt that gets flicked in to the frame here, at the bottom where the forks branch off take a little stick or something and poke and dirt out from inside the bolt holes.

You can plug any unused bolt holes with the use of an old valve cap, presta ones alread fit, shrader caps need a little whittling, but this solves the worries of there being dirt and stuff inside the frame, possibly helping cause unseen rust problems (For you maybe, my frame's aluminium alloy which is light but I'm probably going to kill it sooner or later...)

Make sure to get both sides of the bike and any tricky bits you can now...
flamesami4 months ago
cleaning oily gunk from your hands is actuall pretty easy :) get your hands wet, then put powdered laundry soap on them. Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary, then wash your hands with normal soap, if you can be bothered
The powder works as a very mild abrasive to the dirt, the fact that it's a deterget means it takes off the oil and it "soaks up" the muck
ghostsafe9 months ago
Nice 'structable, thanks.

Just wondering. How well does WD-40 remove wax-based/dry chain lubes? Anyone know?
killerjackalope (author)  ghostsafe9 months ago
Thanks, I have a suspicion it wouldn't take it off... Not sure what's best got wax stuff...
04mewm2 years ago
as a bike mechanic we NEVER use WD40. It is a water based substance that will cause your bike to rust. Instead use something oil based such as GT85 of which is a specialist bicycle oil containing PTFE - a really lubey substance. It will do the same job as WD40 but without making it rust, it will also lubricate the bike leaving no use for 3 in 1 oil. People bring there bike in to get repaired all to often with rusted chains and when I ask them what they have been using on there bike 9 times out of 10 it is WD40. Don't be one of them :)
WD-40 stands for water displacing spray. It is not water based, by definition. It is mainly used for cleaning or degreasing as the poster said but its intended design function is getting rid of water from componants. GT85 is fine but you can buy specialist chain lubricant from most decent hardware shops for that purpose. I personally wouldn't use anything other than chain grease on chains.
I would recommend that you use wd40 or similar to clean (and free off any siezed componants) and then immediatly use the correct type of lubricating grease for that componant.
If you're in the UK DON'T go to Halfords as they don't sell the correct products and the people in the store have VERY limited knowledge of bikes.

Happy cleaning!! :)
WD40 is a degreaser, it is fine to use as long as you properly clean and re-grease whatever it if you used it on.
Redgerr 04mewm2 years ago
GT85.. marked it down -- good to know

Thanks!
dguillinta2 years ago
I usually always give my bike a quick 15 minute "maintenance" after I ride... My neighborhodd always seems to have construction going on so dust always gets everywhere.
I ride out in the country because that's where i live so it's mostly gravel roads and i have not cleaned my bike for 2 years and its still working great!
tmartinez72 years ago
its better to use the WD40 AND a toothbrush!
the stig065 years ago
y would u bother cleaning a bike like that anyway??
Because a bike is a bike and if it gets you from pace A to place B it really dosnt matter.
i do not recomend sprays round disk brakes but is a great instructable
_Scratch_2 years ago
Weekly? And I thought I took good care of my bike....
sharlston3 years ago
Hey,great instructable,i recently refurbished my old mountain bike thats been left outside for a few years,i didnt use 3 in 1,i used silicone spray its great for derailers and cables just give a quick shot,its fairly water resistant,for the chain i used specific chain oil from halfords
You may already know this, but you shouldn't really wash your hands with washing up liquid (unless it's the specifically hand-friendly kind!). It breaks down the cells in the surface of your skin or something like that; I can't remember the details, but I know it's not good...
killerjackalope (author)  bad ass pope4 years ago
It's the best way to remove the oil and grease other than proper handwashes, after washing your hands with washing up liquid washing them again with normal soap seems to make a difference...
Yeah, you may be correct there :-)
Sunbanks5 years ago
If the chain and stuff like that isn't clean would a bike make worrisome noises that sound like it's going to break whenever I ride it? Because my friend's bike does that nearly every time I ride it and it totally sounds like it'll break...
killerjackalope (author)  Sunbanks5 years ago
Is it like a big creak?

stop creaky cranks If it's not coming from there it's probably the chain...
Uh well I asked my friend how she would describe it and she said it was like an odd click. It reminds me of the noise that certian office chairs make when you lean back in them. Could all of the times I've crashed the bike be one of the causes of this noise?
i had the same problems take the rear wheel to a bike shop becuse either the bearings are loose or ones missing
Ardwiz4 years ago
I would recommend Liquid Wrench as a chain lubricant... its a dry lubricant that repels dust and grim that you might get while riding, and it lasts a really long time...
3 in 1 oil works aswell and its cheap
LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Good stuff. I prefer marvel's mystery oil, but wd-40 also works. I still haven't gotten my bike fixed. (Only been here for 3 weeks out of the entire summer) 5/5
killerjackalope (author)  LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
The best stuff is penetrating tool oil, comes in a whit can with black writing, it actually fizzes like hell and goes nuts, leaves nothing but clean metal after being wiped off...
PB Blaster is what you are thinking of. Better than WD40 IMO.
killerjackalope (author)  Spokehedz5 years ago
Nah, it's actually called that but PB Blaster is good, it's just the fact that WD40 is a household product for many and if you keep maintenance up then it should be enough to do the job, I might do one on digging a bike out of the scrapheap, as I will be doing that soon enough...
The only thing I like about PB rather than WD or anything else that I have tried is that it leaves almost no residue on whatever you use it on. That, and it smells fantastic. :P
killerjackalope (author)  Spokehedz5 years ago
It does smell good, they should make an air freshener, it's be in all the machine shops... The coolest looking though has to be copper grease, if you can find one with the consistency for a bike, it looks amazing like you have copper sprockets and chain...
i got tins of the stuff only the copper powder tends to grind over loing periods of time
I dip mine in paraffin wax which I melt in a .50c wax melting unit designed for hands that I bought from the Goodwill nearby.

My chains stay absolutely pristine, and the wax doesn't hold onto dirt like grease or like anything. Here is an 'ible on basically how I do it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lubricating_a_Bicycle_Chain_using_Paraffin/
killerjackalope (author)  Spokehedz5 years ago
Oh nice job, I was thinking about doing this, mainly because I do huge amounts of miles and get sick of this, really the amount I do means cleaning more than once a week in a world where I have time but I have to settle for oiling daily...
The only thing you have to worry about with the wax is that you buy unscented, pure wax. As in the 'ible, it says use canning wax, which I also recommend. Beeswax is no good, because it varies from season to season. candle wax is also no good. they usually mix in stabilizers and other things to help the burn rate--which is no good for us.

The other good thing about wax, as mentioned in the 'ible, is that it doesn't get your clothes dirty--as the wax isn't 'sticky' to dirt, it doesn't pick it up. No dirt == no 'bite marks' on your clothing from the chain.
killerjackalope (author)  Spokehedz5 years ago
Yeah, I'd like to be able to avoid cleaning up for a day after doing work on the bike... New worrying development is that the forks have rust coming out of them, not on the bars but something under the seals, probably when I went through the river, didn't make the jump as far as I meant to...
yeah, air tool oil is also good
killerjackalope (author)  LinuxH4x0r5 years ago
Yeah I also like using copper grease for a lot of jobs, it's miraculous stuff, it also seems to fight the corrosion of steel really well...
killerjackalope (author)  CameronSS5 years ago
It's used for degreasing here, read and realize... Or was that only a specific go at what linux said...
I read it, I'm just making fun of Linux. Yes, Linux, I saw that you said marvels.

Yeesh...can't a guy be a pain in the butt around here without getting yelled at?
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