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Basic bike hygiene and protection

Welcome to Monday! This means it is time for our weekly post! This post is dedicated to giving love back to our trusty steed(s), yes, they need love too after we have ridden them hard during the week or weekend.

Now, some of us do not have the luxury of a backyard, heck, there are some of us that we don’t even have access to a freaking hose! Yeah, Condo life sucks sometimes. So what do I do to clean my bikes? Well, first of all, I usually don’t clean my bikes often because “Condo Life” but this weekend I dedicated some time to clean my Mountain bike, Road Bike and my CX/Commuter bike.

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These are the three products I use: Simple Green degreaser, FastWax Wash Wax and water. Yeah, no fancy bicycle specific cleaners.

Mister

My daughter had ordered a CoreGear USA 1.5 liter Mister to cool off during the summer but it never left her room. So I figured I could use it to wash my bikes and boy did it work like a charm! The mister is pretty cool, it has a variable nozzle that allows you to change the flow of the water from a wide mist to a stronger stream that will get rid of that nasty road grime or dirt.

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For that nasty tough-to-get-rid-off grime or grease; the Simple Green All-purpose cleaner is hard to beat. I use it to clean the cogs, derailleurs, the chain and anywhere else that needs a good cleaning. I usually spray the components, let it set in for a couple of minutes and then simply rinse.

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I usually use a microfiber towel to dry the bike and then I use FastWax wash wax to give the bikes that new showroom shine. My story about the FastWax is that I bought a couple of bottles at a gas station after a couple of pretty girls did a demo of how well it cleaned some areas of my car. I tried it on the bikes and I noticed that it really did a good job at making the bikes shiny. I’ve used bicycle specific silicone sprays but I think this product does a better job.

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So now that my bikes are all clean, this is a great opportunity to add some protection to the frames. I invested on 3M 8mil protective adhesive film and applied it to every place where cable housing or cables touched the frames.

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I really can’t stand the sight of cable rub on the frame and this tape is practically invisible and it does a great job at protecting them.

The last step is to re-lube the chain, derailleurs and other moving parts such as suspension pivots. I usually use Tri-flow bike lubricant but I can’t find my bottle so a trip to the LBS is in order.

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