Mechanic Tip: Keeping it Clean

Each week during National Bike Month, we will offer tips for maintaining your bike.

Photo: allstar, cc
Photo: allstar, cc

In the words of Cycle Alaska’s Bike Guy Emeritus, Lou Edwards, “CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!” Keeping your bike clean is the equivalent to “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” A quick post-ride wash and dry using low pressure water, mild degreaser, and shop rags can go a long way to keeping your bike functioning properly. Pay extra attention to high wear areas such as chain, cassette, and braking surfaces. Don’t forget a light oil after!

by Collin Wigfield-Gorka

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