|Cleaning Your Bike|
When cleaning your bike follow these simple steps.
Now clean the drivetrain -- chain, cogs, chainrings, derailleurs (this part should be very oily). First, set the chain on the middle of the cogset and the middle chainring. Sit by the rear left side of the bike, hold the solvent in your right hand and drip or spray it into the chain, as you rotate the crankarms backwards with your left hand. Soak the chain through one full revolution, then spray the cogset itself, and both sides of the crankset. Let the bike sit for a few minutes while the solvent does its job. Using the Park cog brush, thoroughly scrub the sludge from all areas. At this point the toothbrush may be used to get into the tight spots of the crankset. Finally, rinse the drivetrain with a hose while rotating the cranks again.
Tires are a very important part of the bike. They can be scrubbed with the nail brush, and the brake track of the rims can be cleaned with the Scotchbrite or emery cloth. Do not overdo the ‘emery' cloth or you will reduce the lifespan of your rims. Use Armor All to protect your tires but be careful to avoid the rim brake tracks. Alcohol can be used to clean any additional Armor All off the rims.
Next apply a coat of wax to the frame and components with a soft clean cloth. This will ensure that dirt does not stick to the bike, and it will make it easier to clean next time.
After the chain has dried in a warm space, it is ready for lubing. Drip or spray a good bicycle-specific oil onto each chain roller, one drop per link. Take a rag, wrap it around the bottom section of the chain, and wipe off excess oil as you turn the cranks to draw the chain through. Let the oiled chain sit overnight so the lube can soak into the chain. Now your clean bike is ready to ride