A Guide To My Bike Cleaning Kit

I realise that I may be in the minority but I actually really enjoy cleaning my bike. As a kid I would spend more time in my parents’ garage taking my bike apart and cleaning it than out on the road riding it. I would delight in tinkering with the components, with the resulting finely tuned machine a result of trial an error rather than following specific You Tube videos. A trip to Pearson Cycles in Sutton would quite often occur to upgrade the handlebar grips, bottle cages, seat or pump – huge upgrades for a generally moneyless kid!

Years later I still like cleaning and tinkering with my bike but I’ve got a bit more knowledge and a bit more money to spend these days. It’s incredibly important too so I decided to write a blog post about it! From the day the first leaf drops in autumn, bikes start to pick up the grit, grime, mud and dirt that accumulates in cooler, wetter weather so a good cleaning regime is a must to keep your bike in prime working order over the winter. Here are a few products that have permanent residence in my bike shed.

Lifeline Essential Maintenance Stand

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This great little stand is only £5.99 from Wiggle and it is perfect for propping up your bike while you clean the rear elements of the bike, especially the chain and drive train.

Muc Off Bike Cleaner

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Nano technology apparently! Whatever it is this is great for shifting stubborn dirt and grime without loads of elbow grease, a must have. 1 litre retails for about £9

Muc Off Chain Cleaner Plus Attachment

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It’s really important to keep your chain free from dirt and grime and to prevent rusting of the links. This chain cleaner (plus the attachment) retails for £15. The cleaner shuts around the chain and dispenses cleaner onto the rotating brushes as the chain turns, the stand previously mentioned is perfect to complete this task! It can take a bit of getting used to but it works really well.

Muc Off Disc Brake Cleaner

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Obviously one only for those with disc brakes, this re-hydrates the brake disc pads as well as shifting dirt from them. Comes with a WD40 style ‘straw’ to allow you to get right into the disc brake. Retails for about £6 usually

Finish Line Citrus Degreaser

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No exaggeration, one of the greatest products known to man. This shifts absolutely everything and you can use it on all components. The best tenner you’ll spend, probably.

Muc Off Wet Lube & Muc Off Dry Lube

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Usually retailing for about £3.50 these are a key part of your maintenance routine. Some claim to offer multi condition lube products but most bike mechanics would recommend an individual product suited to the current conditions.

GT85 Lubricant

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Prevention is better than the cure? Heard that one before? After cleaning, a light coating of GT85 all over the bike and its components will create a film that seals out moisture, dirt and dust. You can pick up a can for a couple of quid so it’s a bit of a no brainer

Well, that’s it, my key bits of cleaning kit. Special mention go to the Muc Off Drivetrain Cleaner, the Bag o’ Rags, a set of cleaning brushes and a decent floor standing track pump all of which should also inhabit your bike cave

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Happy cleaning!

IAIN

About iamiain

Nearly 40, cycling newbie, hoping to conquer London To Paris in 2017
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2 Responses to A Guide To My Bike Cleaning Kit

  1. bicyclenuts says:

    I’m with you there. I love the cleaning process all the way to cleaning each individual spoke.

    Like

  2. ELF code says:

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

    Like

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