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  • What degreaser do you guys use?

    • John

      WD40 brand degreaser works great, environmentally friendly too. Otherwise a citrus degreaser is your best bet if you clean your bike fairly regularly, hardcore stuff is only for hardcore tasks!

    • Anne-Marije Rook

      I use Simple Green

  • PlodrPete

    Degreaser on the chain first (doesn’t mix with water). KMC links-remove chain makes it easier to get in around BB. Clean bike. Chain back on and lube: bike deserves it.

  • Winky

    I have different approach. I don’t ever use water or degreaser. I just wipe the bike down with rags and some spray polish or armour-all. With both wheels off and the bike on the bike stand it is pretty easy to get to all places except a couple of spots around the BB that I never see anyway. The polish does a good job of softening gunk and prevents future gunk from sticking too badly.

    The chain gets wiped off with an old towel and re-lubed. I sometimes do this a couple of times if the chain is really dirty. A dishwashing brush gets any chunky stuff off the cassette (but don’t do that wearing a white shirt!)

    I don’t like the idea of hoses and soapy water in the bearings etc, and apparently, the degreaser gets into the bushes on the chain and dilutes/removes the oil which doesn’t get immediately replaced by the externally applied lube.

    Although I use the KMC links, they aren’t recommended for re-use, so I just leave my chain on the bike until its time to change it.

  • De Mac

    Aldi citrus degreaser also works a treat – and is very cheap!

  • Gavin Adkins

    A quick wash can do wonders too, especially if you’ve just been out and copped a bit of road spray and not much more.

    Just lean the bike against a fence or whatever outside, quick low pressure hose down with a garden hose, run a sponge over it with some hot and soapy, leave the wheels in and don’t get too hung up about every little crevice, near enough is good enough, quick low-pressure hose down again to remove the suds, little bit of lube on the chain, wipe off excess. BOOM done. A bit of practice and you’ll get it down to 5-10 minutes max.

    Recommend doing a quick wash more often, say once a week or once every two weeks, and then a ‘big’ wash (wheels out, degreaser etc) will be quicker and not needed as often.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    “Use enough water and pressure to get the big chunks off.” Bad idea. Power washers are for those who get free parts. NEVER use that kind of pressure, removing the chunks is what the sponge/brush is for. Water on the bike should be under no more pressure than a gentle shower or what you’d use to water your plants. This way water will not be forced past seals into your bearings.


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