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    Cleaning rims

    So how does everyone clean their rims on their mountain bikes. I am looking for tips. Does anyone have a unique or unusual method?
    Tapps

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    Caveat - The following advise was recommended to me for my plain aluminum road bike wheels. I assume they would work fine for plain aluminum mtb wheels.

    Several posters here recommended scrubbing with hairspray to deglaze and stop brake squealing. One of the wrenches at my LBS recommended deglazing with Scotchbrite. I tried both. They cleaned the rims reallywell but did not stop the squealing which I have since decided is being caused by uneven pressure.

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    clean soppy water and after that really dry the rims, after that you will have some squeaking after awhile it will go away
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    I clean the rims of my cyclocross bike with soapy water [I use palmolive dishwashing liquid -- softens your hands while you clean your rims] and one of those plastic scrub pads that you use for dishes. Works wonderfully!
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    Soapy water works very well. Standard rubbing alchohol will work good but is a little more time consuming.
    Rainman,
    Your squealing may be from several things. Your brake pads could not be toed in correctly, you may need to sand them down, meaning use an emory board or a medium grit sandpaper and shave the glazing off of the pads, or the pads may be too hard for the rim surface. However I would try to sand them down a lillte bit first.

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    on another post I said when I brake, hear a s ound, have since change the brake pads no more sound,
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    For muddy rims needing an all-over cleaning. . . soapy water!

    Bought a soft bristled brush at x-mart to do the dirty work.

    For cleaning brake surfaces only. . . Windex glass cleaner and paper towel.

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    Originally posted by RainmanP
    One of the wrenches at my LBS recommended deglazing with Scotchbrite. I tried both. They cleaned the rims reallywell but did not stop the squealing which I have since decided is being caused by uneven pressure.

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    Raymond,

    In the June '02 issue of Bicycling Mag. they recommend using scotchbright pads as well. Good article.
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    Originally posted by Bobsled
    In the June '02 issue of Bicycling Mag. they recommend using scotchbright pads as well.
    So does the owner of my LBS. Soapy water, scotchbright and away you go.

    He also suggests a light going over of the tyres in the same way to brighten them up.

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    Thanks guys. What are ScotchBrite pads? Are they like SOS pads or something? This seems weird to me.
    Tapps

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    Like a kitchen sponge without the soft part, with just the scrubber remaining.

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