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Old 04-10-13, 11:40 AM
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how to clean wheelset?

i didn't bother to check my commuter rims till today.. OMG.. tons of dust, crap on the spokes. the hub will probably need to be cleaned too. but didn't want to use a pressure washer to do so.

so what do you guys use to clean the wheelset? would it be the same for carbon wheelset too?
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Old 04-10-13, 11:55 AM
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I clean mine by hand, most ar 32 spoke wheels. A wet rag in hand, spin wheel and let the rim surface runn along the rag. Then I go back with a dry rag to remove moisture.

Spokes, I use a wet piece of cloth, pinch the spoke between my fingers and run down the spoke. Then follow with a dry rag. I do a section of 5 spokes at a time.

Hub, I use a wet strip of cloth, run it around then the same with a dry to polish it.

If the nipples are real dirty, I use an old toothbrush to brush clean around them.

Same with the crossing of spokes near the hubs.

If the rim finsished surface ( I avoid the brake surface) or any of the spokes are real bad (gum etc), I may use a light spray of WD40 onto the rag then wipe the surface. Works well
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Soap and water , and a bristle brush and some sponges.. maybe your Au pair, can take care of it.
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Easiest, quickest way to clean rim & spokes is automotive bug & tar remover.
Dampen a spot on an old washcloth with it, and the dirt/grease just wipes off.
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Soap, water and elbow grease. Cleaning a bike is not like building a North Korean rocket. It is even simpler.
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Automotive degreaser and hose off
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Originally Posted by bghill1 View Post
Soap, water and elbow grease. Cleaning a bike is not like building a North Korean rocket. It is even simpler.
lol... thanks for making my day.

i'll give those a try.. was hoping for a quicker way.. but guess not.
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Originally Posted by bghill1 View Post
Soap, water and elbow grease. Cleaning a bike is not like building a North Korean rocket. It is even simpler.
Lol!
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For the cassette , put some degreaser on it (wd40 works good) , scrub with a toothbrush , and floss in between the cogs with a rag . Easy peasy .
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Originally Posted by bghill1 View Post
Soap, water
I prefer not to use soap and water bucket type bath. I use cloth rim tape and try to keep it from getting wet to prevent tape damage. We don't deal much with rain her so it's effective.
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Originally Posted by ruirui View Post
lol... thanks for making my day.

i'll give those a try.. was hoping for a quicker way.. but guess not.
Put um in your dish washer.
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I clean my wheelset with a detergetset, brushset, and ragset.
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Simple Green, diluted, and a soft bristle brush. No pressure sprayer EVER. Take both wheels off and while you're at it you might as well go ahead and wash the whole bike. Rinse the whole bike off first (I usually avoid the handlebars/tape), put the Simple Green solution in a spray bottle, spray the bike down, and scrub gently with the soft-bristled brush. Wash the wheels separately (it's just easier IMHO), use undiluted Simple Green on the cassette, chainrings, and chain - it's a great degreaser. Dry everything off with a soft cotton bath towel that my wife says isn't fit to use in the house any longer. Done!
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I use the old socks that have lost their mates in the dimensional vortex of the dryer. I turn them inside out over my hand, dampen slightly with warm water and it gets into all the nooks and crannies. I then clean the braking surface with rubbing alcohol. I may try the bug and tar remover that someone else suggested.
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