The ride was awesome, off home. But before you put the bike in your car or van, cleaning is still on the agenda. While a bike wash station is usually available in a bike park, you have to know how to help yourself after a ride in the wild nature. So if you don't have a prepared bike wash station nearby, your equipment should include a pressure sprayer from the hardware store, a bucket and a brush in addition to cleaners. In the following we bring the individual steps and possibilities of one Quick&Dirty Parking Bike Wash and Check to the point.
what kind of you Quick&Dirty Parking Lot Bike Wash should always have with you:
- Bucket and brush
- Wasser (ca. 15Liter)
- Pressure sprayer (from the hardware store)
- sustainable bike cleaners
- environmentally friendly chain oil, lubricant
Quick&Dirty Parking Lot Bike Wash in 5 steps:
- Let's start! It is best to start your Quick&Dirty Bike Wash by removing the larger dirt with your hands. Your gloves are already dirty and need to be washed? Then just leave it on.
- Give it a quick spray! The next step is to wash off the dirt and mud, please. This works best with a pressure sprayer.
- It's getting down to business! Now fill the bucket with water and use your brush and your sustainable bike cleaner. Make sure that your bike cleaner consists of natural ingredients and that you can use it in nature without hesitation. So give your bike a good scrubbing before you rinse it with water again.
- Always stay supple! So that your bike can continue to perform well, it is important to keep the chain supple after every ride. Because you can only perform properly if the bicycle chain runs without friction. Therefore, not only clean the chain from both sides, but also grease it. Environmentally friendly chain oil will help you with this.
- Check your Bike! A few simple bike checks after the ride keep your bike in good condition and guarantee more safety. Check these 3 points after every ride:
- Check the brake pads without removing the wheel. Simply look down the profile of the discs and into the caliper to see if the braking surface of the pads is approaching the metal pad.
- Check the spokes: With the bike at rest, run your fingers over the spokes on both wheels and look for loose or broken spokes. This allows you to repair broken spokes before they seriously throw the wheel off balance.
- Check the frame and fork regularly for cracks or other defects, because depending on the surface, your bike will be subjected to more stress.
Do you also like to explore new bike areas and are you on the road a lot with your car/van? In our Shop (Link) you will find sustainable equipment for on the go. In addition to buckets and brushes, we also have practical pressure pump sprayers in travel sizes in stock.
Happy & Green Rides,
Your NEATFLOW family