Although cycling is an athletic sport, it is also very much an equipment based sport too, and basic habits in bike care and maintenance are just as much a part of the ride as sweating up a climb. The rule is simple, NEVER ride a dirty bike.
A dirty bike has a higher maintenance cost than a clean one and a poorly maintained bike is more likely to leave you sitting road side waiting for a lift home.
So here are the PEDALIT wash tips:
RESURRECTION & SPLENDOR are formulated to be safe on all surfaces, ensuring your equipment is protected at all times. We recommend cleaning mountain bikes after every ride and road bikes as required or when exposed to rain and mud.
Rinse – Hose down the bike to remove all excess grit and dirt. It also pays to give all your brushes and sponges a rinse too. This ensures no left over grit from the last wash that may scratch your bike.
RESURRECTION | Bike Degreaser – Spray on RESURRECTION to all areas covered in oil, grime and tough dirt. Leave to penetrate for a few minutes, then use a firm bristled brush to remove stubborn grime. For chains that need more attention use a chain cleaning tool with a small amount of RESURRECTION inside. Hose off. As a water based degreaser, RESURRECTION is totally safe on all surfaces and so use all over.
SPLENDOR | Bike Wash – Now that all obvious oil and grime has been removed, give the whole bike the wash treatment with a frame brush or sponge. Make sure you clean the braking surfaces of the wheels and the brake pads. Hose off and dry all over with soft cloth.
GLORY | Shine & Protect – Once your bike is completely dry, add a small amount of GLORY to a clean cloth. Spot shine your frame and components for added protection and gloss shine.
Re-lube - It is key to not over lube products so follow the instructions of your chosen lube.
Basic checks after every wash:
If you are not confident with any of these adjustments, make sure you get to the local bike shop before your next ride and have them take a look!
As you re-lube your drive chain, run through the gears to ensure they don’t need adjustment. Make sure your highest and lowest gears are free of spokes and the bike frame. Also ensure they are sitting quietly on each sprocket and not trying to change up or down sprockets. Make the small adjustments. If there is a lag when you change gears up or down, there mat be cable issues tension issues.
Have a quick look at your brake pads and ensure they are free of grit and road debris. Also ensure your brake levers are moving freely and spring back freely. If your cable ends are frayed or the outer housings are cracked, consider replacement. Potential cable issues are best sorted out in the workshop, not on the road.
Have a close look at your tyres. Spin each wheel, the tyre should maintain its shape as it spins without bumps or bulges. If not, then they need to be changed as they are no longer capable of consistently holding high pressure and will fail in the next couple of rides. If this happens on the road or trail, a tube won’t get you home. Also check for any obvious cuts or foreign objects in the tyres, if so tweezers are handy to remove. Make sure you are happy with the amount of tread and ensure the casing is not showing through at all. If so, it's time to change those tyres.
Lift the bike and gently drop from a couple of centimetres above the ground, any rattles? Maybe a loose bottle cage or loose bolt? Make sure all a tight before you hit the road.
If you keep your bike clean and maintained this whole process should take no more than 10 minutes.
But there are many added bonuses of riding a clean and well maintained bike! It just feels great when your bike looks awesome and runs like a dream. We, like most people have to find time to get out on the road, and with our bikes in the office, there is nothing like a shining bike to get you motivated to sneak in that time and enjoy the ride