Maintenance/Cleaning Single Speed IRO
Alright, so I have had my bike for about two months now, an IRO Mark V Single Speed. It is a steal framed bike and I want to know how to take care of it. I have three questions:
1. Frame Cleaning: I have been reading around on the forum that people use baby wipes on their frame, clean it in a tub, spray it down with a hose, use pledge, using car cleaning kits, but I am still confused the best way to take care of my steal framed baby. I figure I should try to wash my bike every month and wipe it down every week or after a dirty session. Is that a good rule of thumb? I wary to soak my bike or spray it down with a hose, since steal is more likely to rust than aluminum framed bikes, but if I were to put the bike in a tub or use a hose how do i protect the insides? Do I need to take the cranks, front fork, stem, and/or seat post off?
2: Saddle Cleaning: My seat is an all white Specialized Alias, and recently when I was home in the states I would just use leather wipes, every few days to keep it clean? Is that the right thing to do? Are there any alternative ways to keep my saddle clean? Right now I am in Denmark and it seems to be raining every few days... and my saddle is getting dirtier than before in Missouri, should I go and buy leather wipes again? or is there a better way to clean my saddle and keep it clean.
3. Chain cleaning: I have read that the general way to clean a your chain is to remove it from your bike, use degreaser and shake it up in a bottle, and put it back on and re-apply lube. So, far what I have been doing is just taking my chain off the cogs (because I cannot figure out how to take my chain off completely, do not know where the master link is), getting a small tetri cloth towel and wiping the cogs down and then run it around the chain a few times, then putting some lube on the towel and wiping the cogs end, then resetting the chain on the cogs, and then re-applying the lube, spin it a few times, wipe dry, then re-applying the lube, spin it a few times, and wipe off excess, and then let dry. I do not know if this is bad for my bike or not since I probably do not get 100% off the old oil off, but I think I get most of it.
Also, any other suggestions about how to maintain my bike or information I should know would be great.
Last edited by jamse; 08-08-08 at 10:01 AM.