Top Tips for Keeping Your Bike Clean and Fast

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Thanks to our friends at Cycle Superstore for these top tips for keeping your bike clean and fast

The simple act of keeping your bike clean can significantly enhance your riding experience.

You’ve probably heard the saying: “A clean bike is a fast bike.” It holds true. To truly maximize the performance of any bike, cleanliness is key. Keeping dirt and grime at bay not only enhances efficiency but also contributes to a smoother, faster ride. Surprisingly, even something as seemingly insignificant as a dirty chain can sap your speed by 1-2 kph when cycling at speed.

Bike cleaning routines can range from quick wipe-downs to deep cleans. However, to ensure the best results, focus on cleaning the drivetrain and spinning components, as these play a crucial role in the bike’s performance.

Here are some practical tips for washing your bike:

  1. Gather your supplies: Collect all the necessary tools and cleaning products, including brushes, sponges, a chain scrubber, and cleaning solutions. Consider setting up in an area where you can easily access your bike from all angles. If you have a bike stand, even better—it’ll make the cleaning process much more manageable.
  2. Start with a rinse: Use a hose or bucket and sponge to loosen any accumulated dirt from the bike. Apply your chosen cleaning product and let it sit for a few minutes to work its magic. Then, using a sponge or brush, scrub away any stubborn grime, starting from the top and working your way down the frame.
  3. Focus on the drivetrain: The chain is a critical component that requires special attention. Invest in a chain scrubber—a handy tool that effectively cleans the chain by housing it in a reservoir filled with degreaser. This ensures thorough cleaning without making a mess.
  4. Clean the wheels and tyres: Be mindful to avoid getting any lubricants or cleaners on the brake pads, discs, or braking surfaces. If your bike has suspension components, clean them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Finish by wiping down suspension components with a damp cloth and using suspension spray to reduce stiction on sliders.
  5. Dry your bike thoroughly: After cleaning, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe down your bike, paying special attention to metal components to prevent rust. Apply a detailing product like ‘Muc-Off Protector‘ for added protection against dirt and grime buildup.
  6. Lubricate moving parts: Once your bike is dry, lubricate the chain and other moving parts with a bike-specific lubricant. Wipe off any excess to prevent attracting more dirt.

By following these steps regularly, you can keep your bike clean, well-maintained, and performing at its best. Remember to schedule regular washes, especially after riding in muddy or dusty conditions.

Cycle Superstore’s range of bike cleaning products and lubricants, can be found HERE