Grit, salt, dirt, rain, mud… cycling, especially in winter, can mean putting your bike through some tough conditions, and so it’s important to keep it clean and well-maintained. Cycling will be easier, more enjoyable and safer.
You don’t need to be any kind of expert to do this, and it’s pretty straightforward to assemble your own bike-cleaning bundle. Just gather up a few bits and pieces (old rags, bucket, soapy water, old toothbrush). You’ll also need some de-greaser to get mucky oil off first, and some lubricant to finish off with, to keep everything running smoothly. You can get these products from all sorts of local bike shops and hardware stores.
The cheat’s way: WD40, hot soapy water and a sponge, and that’s all. Cheap, quick and easy. This pro swears by it (video).
How to clean, protect and lube your road bike
Step-by-step instruction video.
Tools and cleaners: buying guide
Tools for the ride and – if you want to tinker – for the home workshop.
After all, if your bike is in good condition, then you will be too.
See also our post on how to cycle throughout winter. Enjoy your winter cycling!