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Old 04-02-10, 11:06 AM   #1
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Mountain bike cleaning tips

Well.. its finally here spring and everyone wants to ride bikes. But my mountain bike is kinda dirty and i wanna get it clean. im 17 and have no money on me lol. so i cant buy like a chain cleaner and all that. but i thought if i could use household products.i have rags soap and just wondering if i can make a special soap like mixing a chemical or something?
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Dish soap, water, rags, and a garden hose. Its all you need. Just dont forget to lube when youre done.
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Intended use for the mtn bike? I ride mine in the dirt up mtn trails so I don't keep it nearly as clean as I do my roadies.

I wipe it down with a wet rag, then dry. I do clean off the drivetrain with WD-40 (pretty cheap stuff). I saturate a rag and run the train backwards through it to rempove excess gunk. I also floss the cogs witha WD-40'd strip of rag to keep clean. I let it dry over night then relube before hitting the dirt trail again.

I do have a chain cleaner from Performance, not very expensive at all. Not the $40 one!, the cheap one works well!

Mtn bikes get dirty but the main thing is to keep the drivetrain clean and working crisp.
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