Last Sunday, Dick McElligot of Kingdom CC gave a hands-on demonstation of bike cleaning as part of the Bike Maintenance Workshop.
For those who attended, you know that it’s a more involved process that you would first think. I’ve captured some notes below on the process as demonstrated by Dick. I’m working from memory so any mistakes are my own.
Bike Cleaning : Step-by-step
There are two basic parts:
- Cleaning: remove all dirt and grease
- Lubrication: replace any lubricants that were removed during cleaning
Effectively, you’re need to strip away all grease and lubricants to get the bike clean. This will make the bike perform better and prevent wear.
However, in removing unneeded grease and dirt you also strip away vital lubrictants that keep the bike running smoothly so they must be replaced.
What to use:
- Cleaning agent/degreaser
- Bike Stand (if you have one)
- Kitchen Scrubbing Brush
- Small Paint Brush
- Washing up liquid
- Hot Water
- Cloth for drying/polishing
- Gloves to keep your hands safe and clean