Firstly, why clean a bike?
Simply put, a clean bike rides better, faster and lasts longer. By cleaning your bike regularly, you'll reduce the likelihood of mechanicals and needing to buy replacement parts - saving you money in the long run!
Keeping your road bike showroom fresh and running smoothly can be a real challenge. That's why we developed our simple 3-step bike care programme - Clean, Protect & Lube.
How often should you clean your road bike?
It really depends on how often you ride and ultimately how dirty and greasy your road bike gets. Cleaning your road bike regularly will help to extend the lifespan of the bike's expensive componentry and moving parts. Typically, for road bikes, we'd recommend thoroughly degreasing and 're-greasing' your drivetrain every 100 miles.
What you'll need
- Nano Tech Bike Cleaner
- Bio Drivetrain Cleaner
- 3x Premium Brush Kit
- Bike Protect
- C3 Dry Lube
- Luxury Microfibre Cloth
- Pressure Washer (or a hosepipe / bucket of water!)
How to clean your road bike
CLEAN THE DRIVETRAIN
- STEP 1: Give the bottle a good shake, and spray Bio Drivetrain Cleaner onto the chain, cassette and derailleurs.
- STEP 2: Leave for up to 1 minute and agitate using a Claw Brush. (If you are using with a chain cleaning device, unscrew the trigger sprayer and fill the device with the formula).
- STEP 3: After agitation thoroughly rinse off with water making sure all of the formula has been removed.
CLEAN THE REST OF THE BIKE
- STEP 4: Rinse the bike thoroughly with water.
- STEP 5: Spray Nano Tech Bike Cleaner onto the entire bike and leave it to soak in for 3-5 minutes. Make sure that the bike is out of direct sunlight.
- STEP 6: Agitate any stubborn grime using a Soft Wash Brush or sponge. Use the Detailing Brush to get to the hard to reach places.
- STEP 7: Rinse the entire bike with water, being careful not to blast delicate areas, such as bearnings.
- STEP 8: If your road bike has disc brakes, use Disc Brake Cleaner to remove any oil or grease from your discs and pads.
PROTECT THE BIKE
- STEP 9: Apply Disc Brake Covers (if applicable) to stop excess residue getting on your braking surfaces.
- STEP 10: Spray Bike Protect over your cassette, chain and frame to drive out any moisture moisture and provide a non-sticky protective film.
- STEP 11: Wipe off any excess residue using a Microfibre Cloth.
LUBE THE BIKE
- STEP 12: Rotate pedals backwards and apply your chosen lube (wet or dry) to each link.
- STEP 13: Wipe away any excess lube using a Microfibre Cloth.
- STEP 14: Wait 15 minutes before riding! Leave overnight for the best results.