General Cycling Discussion - How to clean Open Pro rims?
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05-18-07, 03:51 PM
My Open Pro rims get dirty from commuting in bad weather and braking, and road dirt. I use degreaser on them and it really cleans the brake dust off. The problem is the degreaser leaves them dull looking. No polished silver look at all. Should I be using something else beside degreaser or is there another step to finish it off and have the wheels shine, again?
05-18-07, 06:00 PM
I spray a bit of WD40 onto a rag and wipe my rims down carefully. I avoid nipples,threads and-hook areas. Don't want to dry out any contact points that may result in breakage. I used to use degreasers and simple green stuffs. Had spoke problems. One builder told me wasn't good as it dries out the nipples making it tough to do adjustments down the line.
I wipe down mid sections of spokes, rims and brake surface. Brake surface is a lil squeaky (squeaky clean)for a while but after a mile or two, back to normal.
05-18-07, 06:45 PM
Thanks, I'll give it a shot.
05-18-07, 07:19 PM
05-18-07, 08:00 PM
I put wheels in a wheelstand or clamp the whole bike in a workstand and pull a clean shop rag between each pair of spokes. It takes about 2 minutes per wheel.
05-19-07, 12:30 AM
Doh! I forgot to mention. I use a toothbrush to clean the hub area and spokes where spokes lay against the flange and enter/exit the holes.
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