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Cleaning a muddy bike! MY noob experience

Old 02-08-12, 06:19 AM
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Cleaning a muddy bike! MY noob experience

First I will explain what I did. PLEASE criticize what I did and tell me what I did wrong. I would like to learn the best way to clean my bike.

I only worried about the drive train and chain.

-warm water and dishwashing soap in bucket
-tried to take speed link off and failed without the tool to do it.
-brushed chain, chain ring, and rear derailuer pully with soapy water the best I could to get mud off w/ tooth brush.
-pored water, and used wet cloth to get of soap.
-let dry and the used motorcycle chain lube on chain (onlything i had and i was told not to use wd40).
-switched through all gears


please correct me im hear to learn. what would u have done, ect...
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Street bike lube or dirt bike lube? Street bike lube is sticky so it doesn't fly off at speed. It will attract dirt. You don't want that. Dirt bike lube doesn't attract dirt so much. But bike lube in a drip bottle is better. Spraying lube from a can is not a good idea as you're likely to get it on the brake track. That's not good unless you like sailing through stop signs with the brake lever clamped to the bars. You don't need to run the bike through the gears. You only need to oil the chain, not the cogs, and they'll get it from the chain as you ride anyhow.

I don't use soap and water. I would not use it on a chain, ever. If the bike is really muddy I will rinse it off with a hose (trying not to spray hard into the bearings) and then dry off the chain with a rag. Most of the time I clean the bike when its dry, using paper towels and spray cleaner (dilute formula 409).
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I think you did a pretty good job.
I try to follow this guide:
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I would try to not put so much water on that bike and for sure don't put water and soap on the chain. One thing I have found useful if I get a bad stain on the frame is bug and tar wax, don't buy a spray one however as it gets onto place you don't want it to.
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You did fine. There's nothing wrong with using water, as long as you don't use a nozzle with pressure, to wash off dirt and soap. That's no difference that riding in the rain.

Also there's nothing wrong with using WD-40 to clean. It's not a lubricant so remember to apply lube after the cleaning.
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