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Old 08-07-09, 05:54 PM   #1
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Cleaning your bike

So I'm looking at my bike thinking "my god...I don't even know what color this bike is supposed to be"
My trusty steed needs a bath and to be regreased and basically the full spa treatment.

What kind of tools and supplies do I need to get my bike spotless? Will I need to take apart my bike as well being that I don't have a bike to support it on?

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http://bikerepairblogger.wordpress.c...your-bicycle/e

The link is one i will use when i wash mine for the first time,it has only 1,130 miles on it,wish you luck,post a before and after pic of your bike if you can.
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Old 08-07-09, 07:56 PM   #3
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oh no! the link doesn't work! Oh well, but I'll be sure to post pictures!
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simple green, wd-40, water and a kitchen brush.
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speaking of brushes and cleaning
i bought one of these Finish Line Grunge Brushes ($11) which i love for cleaning my gears and chain
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oh no! the link doesn't work!
Take off the "/e" at the end of the URL.
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That doesn't work either.
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simple green, wd-40, water and a kitchen brush.
I watched (on youtube) that using WD40 was actually really terrible for your bike chain, the ExpertVillage guy said that it actually strips the lube off the chains.
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That doesn't work either.
Yes it does! Try it again. http://bikerepairblogger.wordpress.c...-your-bicycle/

The video is at: http://mrsteel.wordpress.com/2008/07...ng-bike-video/
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From a member here - Alex Ramon - The BicycleTutor:

http://bicycletutor.com/no-wd40-bike-chain/

WD40 works well for cleaning away grease and muck. It would work for that on a chain. But you'd need to let it dry-up and fly away before adding more lube. I use Boeshield-T9 with one drop per link.

WD40 would also be an expensive choice for cleaning an entire chain. Naptha or kerosene would do better. I use Charcoal-Lighter fluid. Cheap and effective.

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You'r supposed to clean the bike???????

Just leave it out in the rain

Nothing beats soapy water and and a sponge- and a brush- used with elbow grease. Then wd40 to get the water off all the steel and parts that may corrode- making certain not to get it on any Rubber and brake blocks/rims. Then leave to dry and polish.
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I picked up one of these and found it very useful. Especially the thin black brush which gets right between the sprockets and down to the freewheel body. The one I got is branded "Weldtite."

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I watched (on youtube) that using WD40 was actually really terrible for your bike chain, the ExpertVillage guy said that it actually strips the lube off the chains.
Yes it IS a solvent and it will certainly remove the lube off the chain as well as anything else lingering on the bike. It isn't intended to LUBE anything it is to remove all the previous crap on a bike. when I get a used bike there is always grime and dirt mixed in with the lube on the chain, so i would want to strip it all off and then relube the entire thing with Pedros chain lube. After cleaning and relubing I certainly wouldn't reapply it. btw wd-40 is mostly Stoddard solvent (mineral spirits)
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