How to clean your bike

We offer wash down and cleaning facilities.  Maintenance tools and equipment is provided for your own use for any minor repairs. For more complex work we use a professional bike mechanic based in Cieva. Labour and parts are charged for this service.

Keep it clean

No fancy cleaning kit required – a bucket of soapy water, a sponge and an old toothbrush is all you need, though a proper degreaser will help break down the oil and grit in the chain and gear sprockets.

Give your bike an all over rinse to loosen any debris and grit, but keep the pressure setting low to avoid washing away the lubricants your bike needs to keep running smoothly.

Use a cleaner and degreaser product on the frame, chain, gears and cogs. Allow the degreaser to sink in for a couple of minutes, after which any worn-in grease will be eased off. The drivetrain areas (chain, chainrings, cassettes and derailleurs) are notorious for getting clogged up with grease and grit, so it is important to try and remove all the dirt.

Give the bike another rinse to wash away any excess degreaser. Post rinse you need to ensure the bike is as dry as possible as water is one of the biggest enemies for rust.

After wiping down, spray mechanical components (drivetrain, bottom bracket for example) with a dewatering and protecting spray which will displace remaining water and add a light layer of protection to deter rust and corrosion. It is important to avoid all braking areas, as the spray will act as a lube diminishing the power of your brakes.

Lube up. With the drivetrain cleaned and degreased, you will need to re-apply some lubricant. Use dry lube here in Spain as a general rule of thumb. A good tip is to put a small amount of lubricant on each chain link and then take your bike for a quick ride up and down the road being sure to go up and down the gears a few times to spread the lubricant.

Check your tyres

Poorly inflated tyres are prone to punctures. Look on the side of your tyre for a number followed by the letters PSI. That tells you how much air to put in.

Check your brake pads & silence squeaky brakes

Screeching brakes are often dirty brakes, or at least dirty wheel rims. Clean and dry both properly and 50% of the time, you’ve solved the problem. If that doesn’t work, they might need adjusting.

 

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