According to the National Cycling Participation Study of Australia, a standardised survey that has been conducted every two years since 2011, around 3.43 million Australians ride bikes for transportation or enjoyment in a typical week. Australians are getting on their bikes in greater numbers for exercise and adventure. And you’ve probably discovered that the more muddy rides you go on the trails, or the more you want to bring it inside for a training session, the more you’ll need to clean it. Even if your bike isn’t totally covered in mud and filth, it still requires regular maintenance with Morgan Blue Australia. A bicycle should be cleaned once a month or every 15 to 20 rides, but a mountain or ‘cross bike should be cleaned more frequently.
Here are a few critical pointers on how to make the process go more smoothly:
- Don’t throw away your dish sponges. On bike-wash duty, you’ll get another couple of months out of them.
- Floss between chainrings, cogs, and other hard-to-reach areas using a clean towel.
- Make a firm commitment. A well-maintained bicycle performs better and lasts longer.
- Do not mix buckets, tools, or rags. You don’t want to smear your frames with drivetrain grease.
- On your frame, do not use an abrasive brush or sponge.
- Do not use a high-pressure hose to blast your bike. Water will seep into your bearings and deteriorate them.
Setting Up Your Bike:
Step 1: Fill two empty buckets halfway with water and a dab of dish soap. Arrange your brushes, sponges, and rags on the table.
Step 2: Put your bike on a work stand to raise it off the ground and make it easier to reach all the nooks and crevices. Is there no place to put your work stand? Try draping your saddle’s nose over a tight clothesline.
Step 3: Now, it’s time to take off your wheels. To preserve stress on the drivetrain, insert a chain keeper—support can be found for your chain when the cassette is removed. If you are not eager on spending money on the tool, you may skip this step, but doing so prevents the chain from folding upon itself or sliding off the bike while you’re working on it.
Step 1: Chain Cleaning
Use a degreaser and backward cranks to get it on all of the links. Rinse with a mild trickle of water from the hose after five to ten minutes. If the chain is still muddy, use a tiny amount of dish soap as lubrication, hold the chain with the rough side of your sponge, and turn the cranks many times and rinse.
Step 2: Drivetrain Cleaning
Scrub the chainrings with a stiff-bristled brush dipped in one of the pre-filled buckets. Use a toothbrush or bottle brush to get into nooks around the teeth, pulleys, and rings. After that, rinse with a gentle stream of water and repeat if any debris remains.
Step 3: Frame Cleaning
In your other bucket, dip a clean, soft sponge. Clean the frame by scrubbing it from front to back, then rinsing it. If you have calliper brakes, use the abrasive side of the sponge to clean the pads.
Step 4: Cleaning Wheels
For tyres and rims, using softer, larger brushes from Morgan Blue Australia is the best so you can get into every nooks and corner with minimal labour. Dip your brush into the bucket with soap water. Scrub around the wheel, the hub and spokes before flipping the wheel to obtain the other side. Rinse after repeating on the opposite wheel.
The Final Touch:
Reassemble the wheels and spin the cranks to ensure that the drivetrain is in good working order. Dry-wipe everything with a clean, dry cloth or let it air dry in the sun. Lubricate the chain.