If you are a year round cyclist biking in the harsh conditions of winter you will find these have taken a toll on your bike’s performance. Even if you do not bike when there is snow, ice and salt on the ground, you might someday get caught in the rain or dust and road debris will build up on your bike. Even though bike frames will resist water and grit, dirt can creep into the components and get trapped in the moving parts. A little soap, water, and lubricant applied on a regular basis will boost your bike’s efficiency. But there are some things you should do to get it done and done faster and others you should not.
Advantages of keeping your bike clean
What to do when cleaning your bike
Before you start:
Step by step process for cleaning your bike:
What NOT to do when cleaning your bike
If you do not have the facilities, time, or inclination to clean your bike, take it to a bike shop that performs bike service. They are able to perform a professional bike cleaning, either a light one or a deep cleaning as part of a tune up or as a separate service and will likely have all the brushes, detergents, and post clean up lubricants. When your bike is sparkling clean and working its best you will look good and enjoy a smooth and efficient ride.
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