Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Brake Cleaners

Reply

Old 10-09-11, 06:41 PM
  #1  
dleccord
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
dleccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 561
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Brake Cleaners

can i use them on my 6700 brakesets? there seems to be build up around the pivot points.
dleccord is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-11, 09:44 PM
  #2  
vredstein
Senior Member
 
vredstein's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 704

Bikes: '02 Lemond Buenos Aires, '98 Fuji Touring w/ Shimano Nexus premium, '06 Jamis Nova 853 cross frame set up as commuter, '03 Fuji Roubaix Pro 853 back up training bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Originally Posted by dleccord View Post
can i use them on my 6700 brakesets? there seems to be build up around the pivot points.
What do you mean by "brake cleaners"? Are you talking about the aerosol spray? If the buildup is just dark, dusty buildup, just use a rag, slip it in between the arms and floss away. You don't want to use aerosol spray in the pivots. They're pre-lubed form the factory and aerosol cleaner will flush out the lube.
vredstein is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-11, 10:42 PM
  #3  
dleccord
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
dleccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 561
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
brake cleaners as in automotive cleaner to get rid of brake pad dust.
dleccord is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-11, 04:07 AM
  #4  
Michael Angelo 
Senior Member
 
Michael Angelo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Hurricane Alley , Florida
Posts: 3,875

Bikes: Treks (USA), Schwinn Paramount, Schwinn letour,Raleigh Team Professional, Gazelle GoldLine Racing, 2 Super Mondias, Carlton Professional.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 57 Post(s)
Soap and water has worked for decades.
Michael Angelo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-11, 05:40 AM
  #5  
ryanwood
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eastern Iowa
Posts: 502

Bikes: surly cross check

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
automotive brake dust cleaner, depending on the brand, can be some of the most caustic cleaners out there. I have seen flexible rubber brake lines fail after being sprayed with that stuff. Unless simple green has a brake dust remover, you don't want to use it on your bike. It will definitely corrode rubber and burn through all of your lubrication in sensitive areas.
ryanwood is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-11, 09:26 AM
  #6  
HillRider 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 31,301

Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!

Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1072 Post(s)
That serious overkill to remove a bit of grime from bike brakes. Use a rag and a bit of either oil or kerosene as a cleaner.
HillRider is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service