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    Cleaning Spokes and hubs

    Quick question here,

    How do you clean the hubs and spokes? I was thinking about sanding the Spokes but my hand canīt fit through thespokes. Shalll I use a long brus for the hub?

    Fire away!

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    How dirty can they be that you use sandpaper? I just use a paper towel (maybe with lighter fluid) and compressed air.
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    I use a rag or toothbrush with orange degreaser.
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    yes, absolutely
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    I use something like this from the dollar store and some simply green
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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    The spokes are mucky black. Fromcar fumes I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartigan View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    The spokes are mucky black. Fromcar fumes I guess...
    It's called road grime. Simple green will do the trick. And what the heck is a fromcar?

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    Mineral spirits (paint thinner) will dissolve that goo. Use a rag and plenty of ventilation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FastJake View Post
    Mineral spirits (paint thinner) will dissolve that goo. Use a rag and plenty of ventilation.
    Ventilation takes the fun out of it tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartigan View Post
    I was thinking about sanding the Spokes but my hand canīt fit through thespokes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hartigan View Post
    The spokes are mucky black. Fromcar fumes I guess...

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    I would use a rag and metal polish before I ever considered using sandpaper
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    I would use fire. Lots of fire.

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    no gif??
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    hahaha Just go to the $ store and pick up some rubbing alcohol and towels! Rub away, you can get all the supplies for under 5 bucks. Your prob low on alcohol anyways
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    fine grade steel wool.
    Perhaps not for all rims and hubs, but worked like a charm on my
    old cruiser's rims/hubs.

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    i use an angle grinder myself.
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    If you run the spokes through an extruder set at the right gauge it will take off everything that has built up.
    Last edited by Kayce; 05-29-11 at 05:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seventythree View Post
    fine grade steel wool.
    Probably is the safer option...

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