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Old 07-10-20, 07:51 AM
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How to clean a folding bike

Hi, realize it is most likely a pretty dumb question but I got myself an used Dahon Curve D3 and would like for it to last a few years. Pretty much the last time I owned a bike was 20 years ago as a kid and I don't really recall ever cleaning it, maybe just dusting it.

Thought I may do better this time. No issues with the frame, I think even I can manage that but there a few pieces that I have absolutely no idea about whether I should touch them, specifically:

1. Frame/Stem hinge - do I clean it inside? If so, remove grease and lube again? How often?
2. Crooks and niches where wheels are attached - screws basically, do I need to grease anything once I do some scrubbing with a brush?
3. Internal hub - see some sand in the outer layer, should I worry? Do I need to take it apart?
4. Pedals - where they connect to the frame, do I need to lube after scrubbing?
5. Brakes - do I disengage them to clean pads?
6. Gear shifter/brake levers/Cables - anything to do here?

Front/rear crank and chain seem straightforward, just need to buy that little machine for chain cleaning, so I do not have to take it off but how often should I do that?

Any tips from people living in small apartments? Where do you clean your bikes?
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Originally Posted by Majkiel View Post
Hi, realize it is most likely a pretty dumb question but I got myself an used Dahon Curve D3 and would like for it to last a few years. Pretty much the last time I owned a bike was 20 years ago as a kid and I don't really recall ever cleaning it, maybe just dusting it.

Thought I may do better this time. No issues with the frame, I think even I can manage that but there a few pieces that I have absolutely no idea about whether I should touch them, specifically:

1. Frame/Stem hinge - do I clean it inside? If so, remove grease and lube again? How often?
2. Crooks and niches where wheels are attached - screws basically, do I need to grease anything once I do some scrubbing with a brush?
3. Internal hub - see some sand in the outer layer, should I worry? Do I need to take it apart?
4. Pedals - where they connect to the frame, do I need to lube after scrubbing?
5. Brakes - do I disengage them to clean pads?
6. Gear shifter/brake levers/Cables - anything to do here?

Front/rear crank and chain seem straightforward, just need to buy that little machine for chain cleaning, so I do not have to take it off but how often should I do that?

Any tips from people living in small apartments? Where do you clean your bikes?
1. Lube the hinges if you feel is become harder to use. For the sand and road grime, use a paper ou a wet flannel to clean it up.
2. for the wheel bolts, focus on misplacing, loosening and rusting. If any of this happen you should act.
3. for hub, clean outer layer with a flannel of a scrub. take chain off and remove excess of sand/road grime. Once a year dissasamble the rear wheel to clean the sprocket and outer layer. also open the inside hub and lub it with oil. I use ATF oil for automatic honda civic(with happens to be my car).
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