A bike works more smoothly, lasts longer and looks better when it’s clean. That will make riding it more enjoyable and save you money in the long term.
While it may be tempting to just pop it in the shed until your next ride, even a few minutes spent at regular intervals will improve your riding experience and the longevity of your bike.
Regardless of what shape your bars are or how many suspension parts your bike has, any build-up of dirt will wear through moving parts if left to do so. As important as it is to clean your bike after a filthy wet ride, it remains key after dry, dusty ones too.
Here’s how to clean your road or mountain bike in seven simple steps. Bike wash essentials
Water source: a bucket or garden hose. A jet wash/pressure washer can be used, and while the jury is out on whether they force dirt past seals and reduce bearing or bushing life, it’s definitely best not to point them directly at bearing or suspension seals
Workstand: optional, but undoubtedly helpful
Brushes: several brands offer a ‘bike wash brush kit’ with brushes for the various applications, but if you don’t have those, a couple of toothbrushes and an old dustpan brush will do Chain-cleaning device: or a specific stiff-bristled toothbrush if you don’t have one Degreaser Bike wash fluid: preferably environmentally sound Chain lube Paper towel: or rag Chamois leather What you need to get started How to clean […]