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Old 04-21-11, 09:43 AM   #1
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Proper cleaning and lubricating of bikes

I'm a novice when it comes to cycling and am about to purchase my first bike. I've seen multiple tutorials on cleaning and maintenance of your bike.

One thing I've noticed is that the maintenance process is very similar to cleaning guns (I'm an avid / competitive shooter). I actually use very mild cleaning agents and was wondering if it was safe to use on a bike.

I use Slip 2000 725 Degreaser, which is a a water based non caustic cleaner. No fumes and is environmentally safe. I think it's a bit pricer than other degreasers but since I already have it I wanted to know if I can save some money from buying another set of cleaning solvents.

I also use Slip 2000 EWL (Extreme Weapon Lubricant) this stuff is amazing, it's a self cleaning lubricant that does not attract dust or grit.

I've read of people using Triflow as a popular lubricant for their bikes. Shooters can also use this for their guns, so I just wanted to know if anyone else has tried the reverse.

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Old 04-21-11, 12:58 PM   #2
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Mild soap and water to clean the bike (only when its filthy), degreaser to get off the tough stuff, and TriFlow for lubrication. Period!!
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Old 04-21-11, 02:11 PM   #3
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Eugene, I have also shot competetively (C&R) and about the only item to transfer over is the light lube for the shifter and brake cables/housings. I use WD40 to degrease, LPS2 for light oil, teflon grease or Ronex for bearings and wax for the chain.

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Lucky man,my "gun" isn't long enough to do anything competitive with it.....

I don't see why you can't use the cleaner and lube you have.It should be OK for cables and brakes ect.
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I'll probably end up buying the Triflow, but if I pick up this used Giant I'll end up replacing the chain. I might give some of the Slip2000 products a shot on the chain alone to see how it holds up or affects it.
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