Bicycle cleaning tips


Keep your bicycle clean with these tips and cleaning products

With more and more people inspired to get on a bike for the first time, striving to top those Strava tables or increase that weekly mileage, we thought now was the perfect time to share with you some top tips for summer bike maintenance.

We asked Bike Cleaning experts Muc-Off to fill us in on the details and share with us how they help Team Sky Clean their bikes.

In this simple 2-minute video, professional Team Sky Mechanic Ryan Bonser demonstrates how he keeps the team bikes clean, maintained and performing at their very best using Muc-Off products. A perfectly maintained bike will work with you, so get ready to enjoy smoother gear changes, silent pedal strokes, and more power!

Step 1 – Clean

Spray Muc-Off Drivetrain Cleaner all over the drivetrain. Including chain, gear set and derailleur. Once applied, agitate the fluid in specific dirty contact points. Then Rinse.

Pour a small amount of Muc-Off Nano Gel Bike Cleaner concentrate into a bucket and fill will clean warm or cold water OR Spray the complete bike with Muc-Off Bike Cleaner, paying attention to very dirty areas. Using a Micro Cell expanding sponge, clean the bike’s frame, saddle, handle bars and wheels. Then Rinse.

Muc-Off expanding sponge

Step 2 – Protect

Dispersing water that may be trapped between metal components is a very important part of your bike cleaning procedure. Rust is harmful to any metal component. Disperse any trapped moisture with MO-94. MO-94 won’t just remove moisture but also lubricates areas like your derailleur using PTFE.

Ryan then sprays Muc-Off Silicon Shine to the frame and forks. Adding a crucial water protecting Hydrophobic coating to the bikes aerodynamic components.

Stop flies and dust from sticking to your frame. Silicon Shine leaves a protective barrier and sparkling shine on metal, plastic & rubber parts. It also makes your bike easier to wipe down after a ride, so you can spend more time BBQ’ing and less time washing!

Silicon Shine

Step 3 – Lube

Team Sky take Chain Lubrication very seriously. With Muc-Off Hydrodynamic Lube, a small amount of our secret formula is added to each chain link. Then the accuracy of the coverage is checked using the supplied UV torch. This gives Team Sky the most efficient chains in road cycling today.

C3 Ceramic Lube

Top Tips for summer cleaning:

Protect your chain from dust and prolong its life over the summer months. C3 Dry Lube will reduce friction with synthetic polymers for long distance performance.

Don’t forget yourself too, if you get caught short with no shower and you need to get fresh quick, the Muc-Off Dry shower body wash is perfect for throwing into your car or rucksack.

Muc-Off Dry Shower
This article does not constitute advice as the opinions and statements are my own and do not reflect those of Cycleguard which is a trading style of Thistle Insurance Services Limited.