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Old 07-15-03, 06:59 AM   #1
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Routine Cleaning

Would appreciate you experienced bikers giving me a simple cleaning routine for my bike. I'll take it into the LBS for major work. Just want to keep it in good shape. Thanks.

It is a Giant Sadona Comfort Bike and I ride on pavemnt.
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Old 07-15-03, 07:25 AM   #2
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Would appreciate you experienced bikers giving me a simple cleaning routine for my bike. I'll take it into the LBS for major work. Just want to keep it in good shape. Thanks.

It is a Giant Sadona Comfort Bike and I ride on pavemnt.
IMHO, the most important parts to inspect and clean are the drivetrain and the brakes.

Drivetrain:
Get a chain cleaning tool - this will allow you to clean the chain while on the bike. Use a nylon brush to clean the chainrings, and the cassette gears. When you are done, all should be shiny - not black.

Brakes:
Make sure the rims and pads are clean. I use an SOS pad to scrub the rims, and the brake pads.

Clean the rest of the bike with a bucket and water. Do not use a high pressure hose, as it will get water in some of the bearings. As you're cleaning, inspect the bike for obvious problems.

Good luck!!!
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Here is the method I use:

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/BCB4.shtml
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