After an enjoyable ride on the road the last thing on most people's minds is to have to spend the time cleaning your bike. However, it needn’t be an arduous task. In fact, if you have all the necessary equipment to hand: a bucket, bike wash and a brush and sponge; lubricant, chain cleaner and a work stand (not essential, but it makes things that little bit easier), then it really should be a simple ten minute job.
Keeping your machine spick and span and taking the trouble to maintain the rims, brakes and drivetrain will help to slow down the inevitable effects of wear and tear and will improve performance.
So, instead of putting your bike back into the shed, garage or hallway, follow these 10 easy steps to keep your bike looking its best.
1.Place on a work stand
If you have a work stand, get ready for the clean by removing the wheels and placing your bike on the stand.
2. Rinse down
Taking care not to get too much water into the bearings, hose down the frame or use a bucket of water to rinse off the worst of the grime and dirt.
3.Add Bike wash
Add your chosen bike wash to a bucket of water and sponge over the frame, saddle and handlebars.
4.Clean the chain
Apply a good amount of chain cleaner to the drivetrain and chain. Next, use a sponge or brush to clean around the jockey wheels, derailleurs and chain rings.
Rinse the drivetrain, saddle, handlebars and frameset with water.
6.Clean the rims
Using water, sponge or brush off any grit, grime or residue from off the rims.
7.Examine the tyres
Inspect the tyres for any cuts, flints and abrasions.
Put the wheels back on the frameset and wipe it all down with a dry cloth.
Add lubricant to the brakes, chain and derailleurs and wipe away any residue.
That's it, you’re done! Now your showroom-style bike is properly clean and maintained, it can be placed away until your next ride.