Learn the ways to get that 'like new' look when cleaning
1 First get at it with a de-greaser. Yoshi Moto's De-Gunge-Oprene or Muc-Off's Bike Cleaner work well, but for heavy soiling you'll have to work it into the hard-to-reach areas.
2 Careful if you get de-greaser on the tyres. Stuff like Gunk can leave a slippery residue, even after hosing off. Ride carefully for the first few miles after cleaning.
3 Let the de-greaser soak in for a bit (the instructions will tell you how long) then hose off. Give the calipers a good squirting to ensure the pads and discs are free of unwanted slipperiness
4 Get at it with the soapy stuff. Yoshi Moto's Gleem-O-Wash is good. The trick is to sponge a small area, then rinse. Use small bits of sponge to get into the hard-to-reach areas
5 Wheels can be a pain to clean. Use a variety of brushes - this one's from Halfords, but a washing-up brush may help. Make sure the bristles aren't too stiff or you'll take the paint off
6 Muc-Off's cone-shaped brush is ideal for washing around cables, levers and wiring - and a myriad other places too. Remember: soap then rinse, soap then rinse...
7 When all the soaping's done rinse again with the hose, then buff with a chamois leather to get the standing water off. Or dry with a leaf blower - it's much more fun!
8 Castrol's graphited grease gives chains that as-new look. Remember to re-grease footrest and lever pivots too - they may have had their lube washed out
Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:19
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