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Posted on: feb 15, 2018 | Author: VFerrer Bikes | Categories: Tips and recommendations

All care is not enough for our bike, especially if it is a mountain bike where grease and dirt accumulate in each hole. That's why a good washing will make sure that, not only the useful life of all its elements will increase, but you'll also get a perfect performing of the bike. We'll explain very briefly how we wash our bikes in VFerrer.

Usually, a good maintenance of our MTB bike starts with a good cleaning. We want to show you step by step how we do it in our shop, in addition to basic tips that will prevent our bikes to get serious damage, crunches, oxide, etc. if not followed.

In general, the steps we follow are a first cleaning with pressurized water, spraying degreaser, applying neutral soap, re-cleaning with water and drying with pressurized air and polishing.

To do this, in addition to the water hose and air pressure, you will need:

✔ Specific degreaser
✔ Transmission cleaning brush
✔ Specific neutral soap
✔ Soft sponge
✔ Brightener for the frame
✔ Brightener for rims
✔ Specific oil

How to properly clean your Specialized bicycle.

Step 1 - Cleaning with a pressurized water hose

  • Be careful with the pressure hose and don't clean too much the "delicate" areas of the bike, such as the steering, bushings, bottom bracket box or the stem/saddle fastener.
  • A trick is to make quick passes on the bike frame, fork and wheels, if there is embedded dirt you should remove it with a brush.

Step 2 - Use of degreaser on the transmission

  • Apply a specific degreaser for bike cleaning, use it for the cassette, rear derailleur, plates, pedals, derailleur, pods and even on the rims, it must be a degreaser that does not damage the paint, bearings or that is corrosive, although it is convenient to always dilute it a little with water to subtract some power.
  • Let the degreaser work a little.

Step 3 - Cleaning the transmission with a brush

  • With a specific brush we scrape the chain, the cassette and dishes to remove the embedded dirt that is stuck. It shouldn't be very difficult but, if we see that the dirt doesn't go away, instead of scratching strongly what we should do is apply degreaser again and wait. Remember not to scratch very aggressively with the brush.
  • If we make this step with care and delicacy, we will help the transmission to work better and its parts will last longer.

Step 4 - Eliminate the waste that's left

  • Now all that's left is to clean the bike with water to eliminate the waste that remains on it. We'd like to remind you again to be cautious when applying pressurized water to the areas with bearings, joints, anchors, bottom brackets, etc.

Step 5 - Time for cleaning with soap

  • Apply neutral soap by using a soft sponge that does not scratch on the frame, fork, handlebars, tires, seatpost, swingarm (if the bike has one), etc.
  • Let it stand a few minutes for the soap to take effect, and then we will apply water again to remove the soap.

Step 6 - Drying with air pressure

  • With a pressurized air hose we proceed to dry the entire bike, especially in the places where the screws are and traces of water that cause oxidation could remain. Keep in mind that we must not dry too much the area with seals and over all the brake levers, to prevent air from entering the brake circuit.

Step 7 - Polishing and fine-tuning

  • Dry the bike with a cotton cloth and apply polish, using a specific polish for the rims (be careful with the brake pads).
  • Remove the grease that may have remained in the chain, apply wax and wait a bit for it to dry, it is worth not apply much product in this case.
  • Grease the change pivots and pedals.

We hope you liked it, this is the way we carry out bicycle washing at any of the VFerrer Bikes stores.