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A happy bike is a clean bike. How to keep your bike squeaky clean effectively and safely.

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What to use to clean your chain (and cogs)?

I've just tried cleaning my chain and cogs with some really hot water and washing-up liquid. I also used a toothbrush, j-cloth and a non-scratch scourer. After over an hour of some serious elbow ...
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Is it really going to damage a bike to wash it with a hose?

I was chatting to the guys at my LBS the other day about how they get my bike so clean when I take it in for a service. They said they use compressed air to clean it. They warned I shouldn't use any ...
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Homemade bicycle degreaser liquids

Does anyone have a recipe for a homemade bicycle degreaser solution? I'd like to make my own degreaser solution instead of buying one. I have read about using lemon juice and various types of alcohols ...
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How to wash a bike properly? [duplicate]

I use my bicycle in a typical urban commute setting. No extreme MTB, but it still accumulates some dust and grime. How should I wash my bicycle?
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How can I clean sand off my bike chain?

Recently went for a ride in the forest, there were sections of sand and I can clearly see sand on my bike chain now. How can I clean this off effectively? There are chain cleaning "machines", but ...
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Practical cleaning routine for a commuter bike

I regularly (almost daily) ride my bike, often in bad weather. I mostly ride on roads, but sometimes through parks, forest etc. on unpaved surfaces. My bike is usually rather dirty, at least the lower ...
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How bad is road salt for my bike?

I took my mountain bike out yesterday in the snow. Did some hills around town, riding through slush and puddles, and all sort of dirt/mush/ice/snow. I gave the bike a pretty good wipe-down after the ...
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Why is my chain so noisy after cleaning and lubricating?

I have recently gotten into commuting to work with a road bike. Once a month or so I will degrease, clean, and lubricate the chain. I change through all the gears to distribute the lubricant and ...
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Bike Washing Steps to know

I would like to wash my bike. Which cautionary steps should I take? Which parts of a Bike are water sensitive? Which steps should I take after bike wash?
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What do I clean disk brakes with?

I know I need to keep the disks clean on my bike, but if I've got them covered in grease, what should I clean them with?
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How to clean disk brakes?

I want to clean my disk brakes and am wondering if it is sufficient to only remove the pads and use water & soap when washing the parts. If not, is there a list of stuff to avoid when cleaning ...
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Cleaning Contaminated Disc Rotors

I've had an eternal struggle with my current bike over brake contamination. The levers and calipers are shimano ultegra r8000, so the latest and (almost) greatest. I first noticed it when I took it ...
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Bike Polish for Carbon Frames

I'm looking for a recommendation for a good bike polish for carbon clear coat frames. Something the fills in minor hair line surface scratches and leaves a nice shine.
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Restoration and upgrading old bike

I have an old Huffy from my uncle that he bought at around the 90s and I'm thinking of restoring it and maybe upgrade some of the parts. But Huffy doesn't seem to have any much information for bikes ...
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How do I clean chain grease off my clothes?

I commute to work, and often wear my khakis on the ride in. As such, my clothes often get chain grease on them. What products or cleaning strategies do you know that work to remove chain grease from ...
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How do I clean my bike in winter?

How or where do I clean my bike in winter? I live in Michigan, USA and winter can be very harsh, along with the added salt used for ice removal. I am not commuting or anything, just occasionally ...
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How often should I strip my bike down?

How often should I give my bike a full service? Strip the bottom bracket, clean and grease it. Strip the groupset and freewheel. And what products (or type of) should be used for each process? It's ...
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How do I get rid of odor from cycling shoes?

So I have a pair of: Diadora X-Country 2 MTB Shoes (pic below) How would I go about cleaning them, primarily to remove odor? I am tempted to put this in the washing machine- but the cleet is totally ...
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Bike washed with pressure washer. How to recover?

I lent my bike to a friend of mine who washed it with a pressure washer. I already replaced the bowden case, which prevented me from using the brakes due to the washed out lubrication. I lubricated ...
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Are there big differences in maintenance/care between different types of clipless pedals?

I was reading this article http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/best-road-bike-pedals-33045/ and it talks about maintenance/care with a couple of the pedal options, even mentioning that "...
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How to clean a rear derailleur?

This has always bugged me. At the end of the season I'm breaking down my bikes and cleaning every inch of them and I get to the derailleur and can't seem to ever get all the junk out of the middle of ...
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cleaning v-brake arms with riveted inner sleeve

I've got avid single digit 5 v-brakes, those with an inner sleeve riveted into the arm; the sleeve isn't supposed to move around the pivot, the arm itself moves around the sleeve instead. Arguably due ...
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Cycling clothing care products

Given a "standard" cyclist's wardrobe (e.g. paddded shorts, jerseys, moisture-wicking t-shirts and socks--made of blends of lycra, spandex, wool, and other "specialty" fabrics) what special-care ...
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How to keep the pants from getting dirty

If it is wet, not necessarily pouring rain, it is easy to get the bottom of the pants and the shoes dirty. My tires have protective platesfenders, yet it is not enough. If there a way to avoid that?
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Minimal effort chain cleaning

One of the main reasons I eventually give up my bicycle commute in winter is that keeping my bike -mainly the drivetrain- clean despite all the rain/dirt/salt/hail/snow becomes too much of a time suck....
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How often should I clean my bike?

How often should I clean my bike? I've used it several times over the summer, but only once in muddy conditions, should I clean it after every ride or once per quarter?
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Where do people in Netherlands wash their bikes?

This would seem to be an absurd question, but I would like to know (especially from the Dutch or people staying in Netherlands) where do they clean their bikes? I am talking about: a) Cleaning bike ...
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Alternative Chain/DriveTrain DeGreasers

My question is whether there is anything "special" about the Bicycle-Specific Branded Chain degreasers or whether the much cheaper alternatives are just as good. I've used the ParkTool CB-2 (http://...
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Is it possible to put a chain on without removing the rear wheel?

I have a bike with a single chainring up front and an internal hub and a coaster brake in the rear. (For those unfamiliar with this setup, it's essentially like having a single-speed bike in that the ...
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Is sanitizer an effective degreaser?

Thanks to COVID lockdowns, things are shut and I'm anyways miles away from larger market areas. What I do have is litres of sanitizer, the kind that is watery in consistency (not gel-like) and is ...
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Should you hose down your bicycle after having used it on salty roads?

When using your bicycle on salty road, if you can opt for hosing it down or not hosing it down after a commute (without re-lubricating the drivetrain at this point!), what should you do? Do you cause ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing

I'd like to avoid solvents, or use less solvents when I re-wax my chain. Are there any features I need to have in an ultrasonic cleaner? I've seen unheated 700mL cleaners for ~$30 USD and 2 to 3L ...
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Ultrasonic cleaner power requirements, for cleaning chains before waxing

This question is a follow-up to Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing. I plan to lubricate my chains by immersion in molten paraffin wax. The advantages and disadvantages are ...
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Front derailleur won't spring back to lower gears

The front derailleur on my mountainbike sometimes gets stuck in high gears. When this happens and I want to shift down I can nudge it a bit with my foot and it will spring back to the lower gear. I ...
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Are there any downsides to cheaper biodegradable degreasers?

I’m after a cheaper (than the bike-specific brands) biodegradable degreaser for cleaning my bike chain. I have found a few which are apparently biodegradable, however, I’m wondering if there is ...
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Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?

I'm getting a new road bike. Would a light spritz of teflon spray help in repelling dirt and moisture? I wouldn't coat it completely, just focus on those dirt collecting areas, the undersides of the ...
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How to remove an older Shimano Hollowtech crank?

I'm getting some creaking in my crank/bottom bracket and a good first step towards fixing this is to remove and clean the cranks and chainrings. If I still have the creaking, the BB is almost ...
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What is the lowest total cost way to lubricate a chain? [closed]

I know there are numerous different ways of lubricating a chain. Some prefer to remove the factory grease from a chain and lubricate it with a different lubricant immediately, others use the factory ...
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Do you need to open the calipers of a hydraulic disk brake in order to clean it?

I would like some advice about cleaning disk brakes. Recently when I've braked I've occasionally heard a noise as though air is being released, not a squeak or croak but it sounds like there is ...
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Disc brakes stop working after a wash [duplicate]

I washed my bike few days ago with soapy water. I didn't directly wash the brakes, but I assume I got some soapy water on them. Now my disc brakes do not work. I can see that cable is tight enough, ...