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Any tips to remove alloy rim brake grime from Gumwalls?

Old 03-22-16, 03:43 AM
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Any tips to remove alloy rim brake grime from Gumwalls?

Any suggestions here? I like to keep the bike clean but after a ride in the rain this is an uphill battle and difficult to remove from the tyres
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Is that stuff safe for bike tires? I'm not doubting you, I just wonder how the chemicals react to the rubber and breaking it down.

For a car it wouldn't matter because you're only dealing with a tiny strip/thick rubber.

If it's ok, I'm definitely picking up a bottle tomorrow.
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I've used WBW on bike tires forever... never had a problem.
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Dawn dish soap and light 0000 steel wool
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Originally Posted by Regulatori View Post
Is that stuff safe for bike tires? I'm not doubting you, I just wonder how the chemicals react to the rubber and breaking it down. .
I've been using it for years with no issues.
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Ronsonal lighter fluid and a clean rag.
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I've used Yes soap and a sponge. If the gumwall is damaged, I guess you can repair it with liquid natural gum from a hobby store.
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Dish soap and toothbrush.
Diluted Soft Scrub and a toothbrush.
Whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush.

Rinse with water.

I've used them all, because I don't like the idea of taking high VOC solvents to rubber surfaces. I like toothpaste the best, because it makes the tires smell minty fresh.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I like toothpaste the best, because it makes the tires smell minty fresh.
Seems reasonable to me. After all, seems like any sensible person would like minty fresh smelling tyres on their bicycle.
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Seems reasonable to me. After all, seems like any sensible person would like minty fresh smelling tyres on their bicycle.



I used it to clean a white vinyl saddle I have, too. But people sure do look at you funny when you're bending over to sniff a bike saddle...
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Dish soap and toothbrush.
Diluted Soft Scrub and a toothbrush.
Whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush.

Rinse with water.

I've used them all, because I don't like the idea of taking high VOC solvents to rubber surfaces. I like toothpaste the best, because it makes the tires smell minty fresh.
Makes sense - I love my bike so much, I give my tyres a daily lick
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+1 for the Westley's Bleche-Wite I've used it for 30-40 years.
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Am I the only person that simply doesn't give a hoot about the gray alumina buildup on my tire walls?

Besides not caring, I don't wash tire because I ride tubulars, and the gum coating on the sides is so thin that I can't afford to use anything that might in any way remove any.
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Thanks all for the replies, will try some of those suggestions out over the weekend
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Am I the only person that simply doesn't give a hoot about the gray alumina buildup on my tire walls?
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I like to use one of these:

It cleans the tires and the rims really well, in my experience!

I use Simple Green on the tires, but just read that it can corrode aluminum, so, maybe I'll just stick with car soap from now on...
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Originally Posted by SpookyReverb View Post
I like to use one of these:

It cleans the tires and the rims really well, in my experience!

I use Simple Green on the tires, but just read that it can corrode aluminum, so, maybe I'll just stick with car soap from now on...
Also, about the only thing that will get your white cycling shirt clean of grease, oil, blood or fig newton mashed into the bottom of your shirt pocket by your mini-pump. I get mine at Goodwill Industries!

What I like to use on my skinwalls is Goo Gone. (then again, I use clinchers).
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