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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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How can I dry a chain?

I've started cleaning my mountain-bike chain more regularly, using this process: Wash off mud. Use chain-cleaner tool with de-greaser. Wash off de-greaser. Dry chain (see below). Re-lube with wet ...
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New bicycle for commuting

I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy. I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on ...
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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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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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Cleaning and lubing bicycle chain with diesel

For last 3 weeks I am using diesel for my cleaning and lubing my bicycle chain, so far I am not facing any problems. Should I continue this or am I damaging my chains ? Has anyone else using this ...
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Degreaser and oil recommendations for Nexus 8

Morning! i read a few articles about how to clean and lube the nexus 8, but i didnt found a good degreaser here i can leave my internal hub inside for a hour at least to breakdown the old grease, ...
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How to clean my full suspension bike [closed]

I have a full suspension canyon neuron and after each wash, I'm finding that just water doesn't cut it. Does anyone know of any good products to use when cleaning my bike? e.g Mucoff.
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Litespeed frame has clear film all over it

I never noticed the film on my Ti frame until it started peeling. What is this? Can I safely remove it? It seems to be flaking off on its own anyway.
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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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Can mountain bike dirt remaining on different parts for long time damage the bike?

My mountain bike is dirty from dust, mud and oil. Does it do any harm to the parts if I leave it dirty for a few more months - and for the sake of background information - or forever? I can imagine ...
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Simplest and best way to keep water bottles clean and hygienic?

Obviously a daily wash with washing up liquid and water is a good start... But with all the use a water bottle gets and the mouthpiece being exposed to the elements whilst cycling through who knows ...
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Folding bike cleaning

I just got a Dahon Mu Uno 2011. I am really happy with the bike, but it's my first folding bike and I have noticed how quick it gets dirty. This is probably due to being closer to the ground than most ...
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Will chain spray evaporate from its can when unused?

My bike chain cleaning spray has evaporated from its can while I stored it in my room after having closed it normally. I have used it only four times. Actually about a half of the bottle should be ...
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Remove lubricant from seat tube and seat post

I recently bought a second hand bike. It rides pretty well, the only nuisance I have is that the previous owner has spread some lubricant on the seat post. I am pretty sure of this because I see on ...
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I have jetwashed my mountain bike twice… will it cause any damage? [duplicate]

I jet washed my bike around 6 months ago and decided to do it again having got it caked in crap! Only for a mate to tell me how daft I was. Will this have damaged my Carrera Vengeance (I know it’s ...
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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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How to secure a fully carbon (aero) bike when washing/repairing on a stand?

My bike is fully carbon (frame, seatpost, saddle etc...) and I clean it regularly. I have read/heard from multiple sources that you should not clamp carbon materials when using a bike stand. However, ...
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How to clean this Helmet?

My son has that helmet for bicycles. Its brand new and was gifted to him recently. Unfortunately due to my mistake it was left in the backseat of our car and has accumulated some dust/lint which is ...
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What sort of wipes should I use to clean a bike with disposable wipes?

I'm the sort of person who doesn't have time to clean his bike after every ride in the rain. It occurred to me that there are probably 'bike wipes' like there are for everything else these days that ...
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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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Easy Clean Handlebar tape

My white handlebar tape is an absolute nightmare to keep clean even using Sprint Spitfire Spray and I don't have time in my life to keep on top of it. Are there any bar tapes out there that are very ...
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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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What to do with a frozen bike?

My bike was outside and it snowed. I thought it was ok because it was undercover but the tarp broke and now my bike is covered in snow. I had 3 locks on it, 2 of them came off but one is frozen. I ...
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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 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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Can I clean out a set of old handlebars with water?

I've bought these bars second hand and would like to clean them out before I use them. Right now they're full of dust, dirt, spiders, etc. Will it do any damage to run water through them? I'll, of ...
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Washing a vintage bike—special considerations?

I've watched several tutorials on washing bikes, and the general gist seems to be to use a degreaser on the drivetrain, then wash the rest with soapy water, and don't spray hard when rinsing so water ...
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How do I wash a bike indoors?

There are many sources describing how to wash your bike but all of them are for people who live outside town with a nice garden and a lot of space. Provably most of people live in small flats in a ...
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How to clean sticky brake dust from carbon fiber fork?

After having wiped by Specialized Langster 2017 carbon fiber fork with a water soaked cloth, there's still some sticky brake dust left. How do I remove that without harming the carbon fiber or the ...
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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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Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?

I've got an older deore lx front derailleur for a mountain triple crankset. It wasn't shifting properly, and it seems that it's sticking and not returning back to a neutral position when I shift it. ...
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Helmet headband is getting wet from sweat [duplicate]

I cycle to work on a daily basis, however I do like to also sweat a lot. Most of this is ok, I have a change of clothes and can managed, but when it comes to my helmet, it's a different story. There ...
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How to safely remove dried tire sealant from a carbon frame?

I have a carbon mountain bike frame with some good sections of tire sealant stuck on it (Stan's specifically). If there an easy and/or safe method for cleaning unicorn juice off without hurting the ...
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Power washing a bicycle [duplicate]

I'm moving from the UK to Australia later this year, and shipping most of my stuff, including two bicycles (simply hybrid bikes, nothing fancy). Australia has strict biosecurity rules about what you ...
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What is a sensible user service schedule for a professional work bike in non loaded applications such as food delivery?

I am now a food delivery boy. I currently check brake and tyre pressure daily by riding. I wipe my chain and brake surfaces weekly. My weekly run is 400 km and 66 hours on road. As a non mechanic ...
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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, ...
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How to clean white handlebar tape?

I have bought not so long ago (about two month) brand new and the shiny white from my handle tap have become pretty dirty: I am tempted to just change the tape to another color - that would be ...
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How to clean sweat-soaked handlebars/handlebar tape?

I just moved to a new apartment in a more humid climate, and while fiddling with my bike trainer setup, I've noticed that my gloves and handlebars are soaked with sweat at the end of a ride on the ...
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Is it OK to leave my bicycle unlubricated for a day after a hose-down?

I just cleaned my bike with low pressure water but I don't have any lubricant. I left it to dry in my basement with the window left open. Is there any chance my bike will malfunction or rust before ...
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Whats the easiest way to clean my bike?

Simple question, however, I am used to cleaning my bike at my parents house, I use some eco bike spray stuff leave it for a little then rub and hose down (I normally get it quite dirty riding down ...
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How to clean a grimy old bike frame?

It's a 1950s eatons glider , used to be my great uncles. Sat in the garage since the 80s and now it's mine. Finally. Haha , but the paint just won't clean up. I've tried soap and water with a ...
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Why are rear wheels dirtier?

I have noticed that my rear wheel is always considerably muckier than my front one, after a wet commute. Why should that be? They both travel the same distance and terrain. I assume this is a common ...
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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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If I am using DRY lube, do I need to clean my chain between applications?

Do I need to clean the chain before reapplying dry lube if I am only using dry lube?
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Can Park Tool CG-2.2 kit work with the bike upside down?

I've recently acquired a new bicycle with coaster brake and internally geared hub. Naturally, I'd like the bike to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the local weather seems to be stuck in "...
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High pressure water cleaning and chain lube

After mountain biking in muddy conditions I clean my mountain bike with a high pressure water blaster. I'm assuming that after this I should re-lube my chain?
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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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Remove wheel to clean ball bearings

I have heard that one should clean the ball bearing frequently for smooth performance. But how to? ??? I wathed some diy videos which include some tools which I dont have acess to. I want to remove ...
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Cleaning and maintenance

I have a gearless bicycle. I ride it about thrice a week. Its spokes are rusted. Any suggestions to clean the rust? Also I need some good technique to clean the bicycle with rags and household ...
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Bottom Bracket Lube?

Lately, after my normal wash & lube routine, I've been squirting a little Teflon lube into the bottom bracket hub. I do so without dissembling by inserting the lube straw into the hub crevice. Is ...