You likely already have the tools for the job; now here are the steps to how to clean your bike.
Want a bike that performs better and lasts longer? Just give yours a scrub!
Riding a bike can often be dirty business. This is especially true after a rainfall, which frees up all the filth on the ground, waiting for you to churn it up so it can hitch a ride on your bike. Aside from fouling your bike’s appearance, a dirty bike just performs worse than a clean bike does. It almost literally pays to keep your bike clean since a clean bike requires fewer replacement parts than one that’s corroded by the elements. Cleaning your bike is more than splashing some water on the drivetrain or – egad, jet washing it! The proper way to clean your bike only takes a few household items and a half hour at most. Here’s how to clean your bike:
A clean bike runs more smoothly than one that’s encrusted with road sludge made up of who knows what kinds of pollutants. Even if you can only manage a quick drivetrain scrub and chain lube between frequent rides, something is better than nothing until you can perform a complete bike wash. More than just a good habit, a clean bike makes for a worry-free rider and a more enjoyable ride.