• 04-04-2012
    corivus
    Used this guide to do my first clean down of my kona after putting it together and it was really helpful def know a bit more about my bike and its assembly now!
  • 04-07-2012
    tcc13
    Thank you for this.

    Being a noob at MTB riding, have a road bike I used to ride a lot when I was younger, cleaning it was not a priority. Now with my "new" MTB I want to keep it as new as possible :)
  • 04-07-2012
    OutdoorRoss
    Thanks for this posting! I was just browsing this forum to learn how to clean my Hoo Koo E Koo and came across this post and it is a wealth of information!
  • 04-07-2012
    bobinitacnh
    Thanks, Great Info
  • 04-08-2012
    purplewallz
    thanks
  • 04-08-2012
    sevoma
    Sweet guide bro! Thanks
  • 04-08-2012
    purplewallz
    thanks
  • 04-08-2012
    apo
    already coming in handy, thanks!
  • 04-08-2012
    Durzil
    Thanks!
  • 04-11-2012
    ctt1wbw
    Make this whole thing a PDF file for download? Possible? :thumbsup:
  • 04-12-2012
    TrailBlazr
    Good info. thanks.
  • 04-14-2012
    jblunt791
    thanks
  • 04-16-2012
    stol2004
    very good
  • 04-16-2012
    inonutin
    Thanks for the info, it would be helpful for my new bike.
  • 04-16-2012
    hcr32
    WOW, lots of info! Thanks
  • 04-16-2012
    Hagerman11
    Good stuff, thanks.
  • 04-18-2012
    w201
    Nice guide
  • 04-19-2012
    Gregdpw
    Thanks!
  • 04-19-2012
    clauritzen
    Thanks
  • 04-20-2012
    ronigj
    Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide
    thanks for the guide! more power!
  • 04-20-2012
    lostandfound
    thanks for these stickies! great places to get started. kudos' to the Mod's here. 28hrs into this site... very imporessed.
  • 04-21-2012
    rdub0217
    Thanks for the great info!
  • 04-22-2012
    blankoii
    great post! Saves me from the trouble to search for bike maintenance online.
  • 04-22-2012
    lanetxgp1
    Will be putting this to work.
  • 04-23-2012
    lockmart
    Thanks for the info. As a noob it's helpful.
  • 04-24-2012
    pickles1107
    Good info, but most of us are not going to do this each time back from the trails. So what does everyone do in the interim? Is a spray down with a hose appropriate to get the mud off?
  • 04-25-2012
    puls4521
    Great post! This is an awesome how to guide for a new rider like myself!
  • 04-26-2012
    Varaxis
    Really good guide. I only became more careful with what cleaning agents I use, after getting some more refined experience washing my car and recalling some aircraft cleaning experience.

    There are some motorcycle wash solutions that don't harm waxes, clear coats, greases, lubes, and don't harden/embrittle surfaces like some other cleaning solutions, but they're a bit expensive. Just straight up water and some good brushes and some elbow grease for spot cleaning is the simplest route and is just as effective.

    Stuff I used in the past which I've ceased using:
    Dish soap = unfriendly degreasing action (also strips off protective coatings as well)
    Simple green = unfriendly to materials, hardening/embrittling them; also unfriendly degreasing action
    Other degreasers = used properly, such as for small parts cleaning, it's fine, but it's simply too expensive and requires too much prep and careful handling to use effectively

    I'm using WD-40 for spot cleaning sticky greasy stuff, mainly my drivetrain. It also helps shine up polished metal really well, particularly titanium. I'm using Pledge furniture spray to keep the dust off clear coated surfaces, spraying it onto a cloth and applying it. I bought a bunch of cheap microfiber towels from Meritline that I use to finish the bike and do the real detailed cleaning.

    Takes about 10-20 minutes from a light hose down to really clean the bike. I pull my stand out to the drive way, put the bike in it, and take off the wheels to start. I grab my 20 gal bucket (under $5 from any hardware store) with all my brushes and towels in it and set it near the bike. I use a garden hose with a pistol-grip head to make a wide spray from a good distance, mainly just to get everything wet (wider and lighter than a shower). I hit the dirty spots with a brush to loosen the dirt and work the water through the caked on crud. I then lightly shower it again with the hose to rinse and use 3 or 4 of the microfiber towels to dry it and to wipe all the crud off that the rinse missed; this drying step is the most time consuming, but it ensures everything is clean and also acts as a visual inspection of the bike for cracks and such. I then hit the wheels, using the same process. I then hit the drive train with a smaller drivetrain-specfic brush and a little WD40 to loosen the greasy crud, and a paper towel to wipe it up. I finish by taking a clean cloth or paper towel and buffing the bare/anodized metal surfaces with WD-40 and another cloth for buffing the powder or clear coated surfaces with pledge furniture spray, to help protect it. Seems to work as well as silicone spray/polish, for far cheaper, and much easier/safer to apply (bad news if you spray silicone stuff on something like braking tracks and pads).

    Doing it this way, I know my lubricants are still intact, I'm not harming anything on my bike, and basically everything lasts longer while looking better. Nothing really beats elbow grease when caring for your bike. Solutions that you apply to a towel or brush head first and then are applied to your bike parts are the best way to clean without unintentionally harming other bike parts. I tend to time my bike washes to coincide with whenever I need to lube my chain, though not every time I lube my chain. I can go months between cleanings, depending on the weather and whether I do some water crossings or ride through damp areas.

    Doing it the lazy way for quick 5-10 minute washes, with focused or high pressure water spray, a soapy/cleaner/degreaser solution, and no significant time spent on drying (ex. bouncing your bike or sprinting on the road in front of your home) can leave your bike in a state worse off than if you didn't wash it at all. Your bike parts won't last as long and will show signs of needing to be relubed/overhauled much sooner. You might see a few pro bikes getting washed this way, but also watch if those same bikes suffer from mechanical faults.
  • 04-26-2012
    yulp333
    great tips!
  • 04-28-2012
    ChewynMe
    Great Tips
    These are great tips for those who have purchased decent bike recently and want to know the best way to clean them!:thumbsup:
  • 04-29-2012
    SalakauEx-Convict
    Hey guys, i'm new to mountain biking and i just want to ask, can my Crank: Shimano Octalink alloy(44x32x22T), BB: Shimano BB ; be converted into a single speed crank? Thnx :)
  • 05-01-2012
    celica90
    Great information thanks!
  • 05-02-2012
    excaliber
    Great post!! Thanks for the info.
  • 05-03-2012
    Gravatrax
    Good info thanks
  • 05-03-2012
    Trooperuss
    Great guide, this will help me out a lot thanks.
  • 05-03-2012
    Ty's Anthem
    LBS Rules
    Just bought a couple of used bikes---LBS has been awsome taking care of me even tho i did not buy there. Big UPS!!!!:thumbsup:
  • 05-05-2012
    tcsien@yahoo.com
    thanks for the info
  • 05-07-2012
    Andra2000
    Thanks for this nice shares.
  • 05-15-2012
    Andra2000
    thanks for the share :thumbsup:
  • 05-16-2012
    ryencool
    awesome info thanks
  • 05-17-2012
    grizzlypaugh
    I was looking for a guide in cleaning thanks
  • 05-18-2012
    samguan
    nice post
  • 05-20-2012
    sirgringo
    Good info, thanks!
  • 05-22-2012
    watchman323
    Nice post
  • 05-23-2012
    Dan K. Farmer
    Nice guide Steve, thanks for posting this up. Newly back into biking and need to learn to do my own maintenance as I live too far from any LBS. This will help alot
  • 05-26-2012
    vincavinz
    Great info!
  • 05-26-2012
    ebrownw2
    Roger that. All of that.
  • 05-27-2012
    Cocktail
    Liked the wd40 information
  • 05-27-2012
    RoJo71
    Wow thank you for the list!!
  • 05-29-2012
    oned
    Nice detailed guides, thanks :thumbsup:
  • 05-29-2012
    dannynoonan
    This is great. Thanks.
  • 05-31-2012
    Jennz011
    Thank you very much for the tip. This is exactly my concern the other day. Now my problem is answered.
  • 06-02-2012
    rockNnachos
    After riding out in the wild I use dawn dish soap (soap designed to cut oils) to wash the bike off. The demon ivy venom (poison ivy/oak, etc oils) can sit on your bike for a loooong time, waiting for you to touch it, sending your life into three weeks of itchy, oozing hell! :madmax:
  • 06-03-2012
    RustyLeaf
    Thanks
  • 06-03-2012
    Jennz011
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rockNnachos View Post
    After riding out in the wild I use dawn dish soap (soap designed to cut oils) to wash the bike off. The demon ivy venom (poison ivy/oak, etc oils) can sit on your bike for a loooong time, waiting for you to touch it, sending your life into three weeks of itchy, oozing hell! :madmax:

    :eekster:

    Thanks!:thumbsup:
  • 06-03-2012
    Akmike123
    Great post, super helpful
  • 06-03-2012
    DanZo337
    PDF please :)
  • 06-04-2012
    shatooi
    Great guide!
  • 06-04-2012
    drwpc97
    *don't let mud get tangled up in the gears, or disk brakes.*
  • 06-05-2012
    erikrichter
    Just the thing I've been searching for! Thanks!
  • 06-05-2012
    astronautrob
    Wow great info for a noob
  • 06-07-2012
    manmythlegend
    Very nice and helpful.
  • 06-07-2012
    l_mh_er
    hey! i'm a new biker. just want to know if cable end cap like "jagwire" is really needed for bike cables. thanks
  • 06-08-2012
    oglop
    Nice job!
  • 06-10-2012
    redheddedwonder
    can a simple cleaning fix a not functioning derailer?
  • 06-10-2012
    EQWoody
    Very cool, Helpful on what kind of cleaners to use.
  • 06-10-2012
    EQWoody
    Also found places I needed to clean that I didnt know about.
  • 06-11-2012
    Jennz011
    If I have the time I'll clean my bike following your guide!
  • 06-11-2012
    BS85
    Thanks!
  • 06-11-2012
    Jssheptin
    Very helpful, thanks
  • 06-12-2012
    MarsMan89
    Will definately be reffering to this often, Thanks!
  • 06-12-2012
    mundane
    tyvm! very helpful!
  • 06-13-2012
    dooblavey
    Very helpful indeed!
  • 06-13-2012
    giant_revel_1_rider
    thanks, its come in handy :)
  • 06-13-2012
    madonaqueen
    well these all discussions are really very helpful for me in maintaining and cleaning my bike thanks to all...
  • 06-13-2012
    KungPow
    bookmarked. Thanksh
  • 06-14-2012
    dirtyokie
    guess its time i start using some of that info... thanks
  • 06-14-2012
    Stive
    Thanks, Helpful
  • 06-17-2012
    Anyapot8
    i'll definitely keep this in mind! tnx
  • 06-17-2012
    CharlyC
    Ha! Totally!
  • 06-17-2012
    CharlyC
    Thanks! This is great!
  • 06-17-2012
    CharlyC
    Agreed.
  • 06-18-2012
    desert-rat
    Cool 411. Great read. Thanks.
  • 06-20-2012
    Rustyy117
    ideal for noobs like me haha. :)
  • 06-21-2012
    Metol
    Thanks. I've been religiously following some of the tips.
  • 06-21-2012
    tgang50
    nice guide
  • 06-22-2012
    BigGK
    thanks, great post!
  • 06-22-2012
    mattymcp
    Nice guide, thanks!
  • 06-25-2012
    mark1165
    good
  • 06-25-2012
    mark1165
    nice
  • 06-25-2012
    mark1165
    great
  • 06-25-2012
    mark1165
    mint
  • 06-25-2012
    wake2dirt
    Great information...
  • 06-25-2012
    JNR0790
    thanks for the advice
  • 06-25-2012
    Captain Bucktooth
    Thanks for taking the time to outline this. Super appreciated!
  • 06-26-2012
    BIGO181979
    ^^^^ Agreed, so nie to not have to sort through 20 non related posts! Very nice write up!
  • 06-26-2012
    aerodreamer
    good info. thanks! I guess its better to know this BEFORE buying a bike. :D
    looking to pick up a new one tomorrow
  • 06-26-2012
    cadiburns
    Great guide.
  • 06-26-2012
    cadiburns
    Thanks.
  • 06-27-2012
    Ahil
    ^same