HOW TO DEEP CLEAN A BICYCLE
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Is your bicycle getting a bit more difficult to ride these days? If so, it may be overdue for a simple cleaning job rather than a need for a mechanical fix.
Regular bike cleaning and washing does more than keep your bicycle looking good – it prevents accelerated damage or corrosion from dirt and grease build-up that can chew into your drivetrain and other mechanical parts. This can help prolong the lifespan of your bike, while more reliably maintained components keep you safer when riding.
Cleaning on a schedule can also help you find wear and tear at the start, and as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Or, in this case, some costly repairs.
No matter the quality of bike, it is a machine, and various parts are inevitably subject to corrosion, deterioration, and eventual breakage. Particularly wet or dry, dusty conditions are likely to accelerate this process, which amplifies the need to keep a consistent schedule of bike maintenance.
Cleaning a road bike monthly is advised, while a mountain bike will require more frequent upkeep. Cleaning is also advised any time you ride in muddy or wet conditions.
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