A mountain bike is an exceptional way to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and if you are looking for your bike, it will last a long time. To help keep the parts at bay and keep you riding happily we have put together a few ideas and best washing tips for mountain bike that will make it easier and safer to keep your new bike at its healthiest.
Clean and shiny:
Maintaining your ride clean is an assured fire way to increase the life of your bike. Apply a basic biodegradable cleaner, a sponge, a towel and an old toothbrush to wash everything: the frame, chain, chainrings, cassette, derailleurs, pedals, brakes, and seat. It is a good idea to use a bucket or a very soft hose as a strong jet from the tube can push water into places it should not be. When it’s clean give the bike a toweling off and always go for a short ride to get the water out of the brakes etc.
Is Pressure Washer safe for a mountain bike?
No, a pressure washer can damage your bicycle, especially by washing the grease out of the bearing zones. Note, this is pressure washer.
Applying a garden hose without a sprayer is unlikely to do damage. Low pressure, so that it doesn’t crush the seals, is the limit. Avoid the risk, anyway, because would be wrong, and how significant pressure is OK depends on the force of the seals on your single bike.
A car wash, either any other pressure washer, is guaranteed to do harm to your bike.
Washing with hand, with a bucket, a car wash scrub, a toothbrush or gear scrub, and any non-detergent-based soap is the harmless way, and including a little practice and training, can be made in half an hour.
Some detergent-based soaps can react to aluminum and can effect serious damage to an aluminum frame or fittings over time. Be assured you use a safe aluminum soap.
You can obtain things more accessible by making a repair stand to hold the bike and remove some parts if you have the tools and experience, but that’s a bonus.
All need to wash your bike:
- Bucket and sponge or hose
- Paper cloth
- Chain lube
- Chain cleaning device
- Bike wash fluid (preferably biodegradable)
If you’re in a real rush following a wet drive, you can simply spray your drivetrain with water-displacing lube to purge water from chain include withdrawing rustiness before a total wash.
1. Clean the Discs
If you have disc brakes, nows an excellent chance to spray some degreaser onto paper towels and wipe them down to remove any drivetrain grease.
2. Brush it Down
Start at the top of your bike and agitate any remaining muck from the bike with brushes. Pay particular attention to moving parts such as gears with brakes.
3. Wash the Chain
Use a chain cleaning device along with degreaser to remove built-up grime, mud, and oil from the chain. If you don’t have a chain cleaning device, aerosol degreaser including a scrub will work with a bit of extra effort.
If there’s loads of oily grime on the record including driver wheels, apply degreaser and scrub these before continuing.
4. Wet Your Bike and Spray On Some Bike Washing
Splash the mountain bike with a hose or a bucket and sponge. If you’re using a pressure washer, be sure to set entirely back to avoid reducing your bearings. Spray the whole bike with bike wash and return it to grow according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Buff up Your Bike
Use a leather chamois to soak up excess water when clean up the bike’s case with PTFE spray or silicone bike polish, being sure to avoid breaking covers like bands and disc brake rotors. Buff your bike with a paper towel or soft cloth. This order further helps stop mud sticking when next out riding.
6. Rinse It All Off
Clean the bike with fresh water, then neutralize to make sure you’ve removed all the grime off the bike, repeatedly brushing before rinsing where needed.
7. Lube the Chain
Lastly, lube the chain by taking the jar and regularly dripping it onto the chain while using the pedals backward. Wipe off any residue, and spray any steel parts with PTFE lube, again bypassing braking covers.
Best Washing Tips for Mountain Bike (Video Tutorial)