If you have a racing bike, you will regularly have to deal with maintenance. At least when you demand the best quality from your racing bike. Cleaning your racing bike is a very important task within the maintenance service. For example, it is important to regularly remove dirt from the frame and chain. This article will support you in cleaning your racing bike. We will explain to you why it is so important, how you can best clean your racing bike and which products are best to use. In this blog we answer the following questions:
Why clean a racing bike?
Whatever bike you have, cleaning your bike is an important task. Dirt from our outdoor environment such as sand, mud and grass can damage a bicycle in the long term. At least if you let it sit for a long time. The dirt can affect the paint of the frame, which can lead to rust and corrosion. Dirt on the chain will make your bike move less smoothly. You can cycle less quickly, of course you are not waiting for this if you have a racing bike. Investing in cleaning your racing bike is cheaper than having your racing bike repaired. In addition, while cleaning your racing bike, you will recognize potential defects more quickly. You can then respond quickly to prevent worse.
How to clean a racing bike?
You don’t just clean a racing bike with water, and don’t use the high-pressure cleaner either. This sprays away the grease between the bearings, which increases the risk of wear. Use a strong bicycle cleaner to clean your racing bike, these have been specially developed for bicycle parts. You will need the following to get started.
- bicycle cleaner;
- Bucket of water or garden hose;
- Dry microfiber cloth;
- bike protector.
Apply the bike cleaner to your racing bike, but skip the chain. It is best to use a chain cleaner to clean your bicycle chain. Let the bicycle cleaner work in, but do not dry out.
Remove all the dirt from your bike with the brush, you could also use a microfibre cloth for that.
Rinse the bicycle cleaner from the racing bike with a bucket of water or a garden hose.
Now dry the bicycle with a dry microfibre cloth.
Now apply a bike protector to your racing bike. This gives the bicycle a protective layer that is dirt and water repellent. That way you don’t have to clean the bike as often. In addition, thanks to the protective layer, it is easier to clean.
How often do you clean a racing bike?
You often make high speeds on a racing bike, so you want it to be in optimal condition. If you have the time, it is wise to clean the racing bike after every ride. Dirt that remains in place for a long time will cake, which is much more difficult to remove. When you have used a bike protector, you only need to remove the coarse dirt with a brush.
Clean your racing bike a little more often in the winter months. The brine from the gritters is very harmful to your bicycle. An extra cleaning is therefore not a luxury.
Which products for cleaning your racing bike?
It is best to use Velorest Bike Cleaner to clean your racing bike. This bicycle cleaner helps you to remove sand, mud, grass, salt, oil and grease. The product is suitable for any bicycle part, although it is better for the chain when you use Velorest Chain Cleaner. Velorest Bike Cleaner has a very powerful effect and does not entail any dangers. It has no adverse effects on materials such as rubber, metal, plastic, carbon and many other materials used for a bicycle. It is a cleaner that you can use for all your bicycles. In addition, the foul odors disappear like snow in the sun.
Do you want to protect your bike extra against dirt and water? Then spray it with Velorest Bike Protector. This is a 100% vegetable bike protector that applies a coating to your racing bike. The coating repels water and dirt, after a rough bike ride you only have to remove the coarse dirt with a brush. Velorest Bike Protector is biodegradable and free of microplastics.
As you could read before, we also named Velorest Chain Cleaner, this cleaner has been specially developed for heavily soiled bicycle chains. Velorest Chain Cleaner can be used for the entire drivetrain, including the cassette and derailleur. Do not forget to lubricate your bicycle chain with oil or wax again after use. These are also for sale in our webshop.
We hope that with this blog we have provided you with sufficient tools to be able to properly maintain your bicycle from now on. As a bonus, we have already put together a bundle for you with the products that appeared in this blog. With the Velorest Bike Care bundle you keep your bike in top condition!
Do you want a total package for maintaining your bicycle? Then the Velorest Total Bundle is the best option!