Free Bike Maintenance Clinic
It’s a proven fact that a cleaner bike is a faster bike! We’ll show you the best ways to clean your bike from tip to tail, while focusing on what to inspect on your bike while doing so. Spotting problems early on will head off costly repair bills further down the road; trust us, we’ve replaced many parts over the years because of inattention.
Although the focus of our workshops aren't on all the different systems on your bike (i.e. shifting, braking, etc.), we can perform small fixes on a case by case basis if you find anything that needs a little extra love during your inspection.
After your bike is sparkling like it’s fresh off the shelf, we’ll wrap up with talking about the differences between grease and oil, and lube up your drivetrain so it’s ready to roll!
Degreaser & Washing
A bike-specific degreaser (avoid kerosene or turpentine) will clean up gummy parts like your bike chain. Choose a solvent that is easy on the environment (and you). Dispose of all solvents properly.
When cleaning your bike, the number one component seems like water, and although it can be a handy tool, be careful here. Water, especially when coming from a high-pressure hose can cause damage to sensitive bearing systems throughout your bike.
Wash & Wax
Most dirty bike components can be cleaned by wiping them carefully with a damp (or dry) rag. Other components require occasional brushing, scrubbing and relubrication.
Your drivetrain (front chain rings, rear cassette, rear derailleur and chain) deserves the most frequent attention, so watch our videofor some useful instruction.
Properly lubricating your chain helps extend the life of your drivetrain. Always apply bicycle-specific lube oil to a clean chain.
There are two types of lube: wet or dry. Wet lube is best to use when you’ll be riding in wet conditions. It strongly adheres to the drivetrain and is less likely to rinse off in rain. That said, dirt and grit will also stick to it, so be sure to wipe off excess lube.
Dry lube excels in a dry environment. Dirt and grit stick less to dry lube, but dry lube does rinse off easily if you find yourself riding in the rain.