Tips to Clean Your Bike Chain and Eliminate Sticky Shifting

Clean ChainTake Care of Sticky Shifting and Chain-Muck by Following These Few Cleaning Tips!

Cleaning your chain
Instead of the old fashioned kerosene or turpentine in a bucket method for cleaning your chains, use a degreaser such as Motorex Bike Clean and Park Tool’s CM-5 Cyclone Chain Cleaner. Put the Bike Clean in the tool, snap the tool on your chain and backpedal your way to a clean chain. Be sure to re-lube with Motorex Dry Lube after the chain is clean and dry.

Keeping your chain clean
When your bike chain and gears aren’t too dirty, use a brush such as the specialized brushes contained in the Park Tool Brush Set BCB-4 to quickly clean your chain and gears. This set has a selection of thin, stiff-bristled brushes that will fit into small places and can be used “dry” to remove the heavy stuff, or moistened with a bike safe product such as Motorex’s Bike Clean degreaser to do a more thorough cleaning job.

Cleaning your drivetrain
Give a speed degreaser like Motorex Easy Clean a shot for cleaning the rest of your drive train. Easy Clean will spray on & clean the chain, cassette and chain rings in just seconds. ARB Tip: If you are maintaining your bike on a sensitive surface, cover it with cardboard or newspapers so it will not become soiled.

Cleaning your cogs
Clean your cogs easier and faster than ever with Finish Line Gear Floss, a microfibre rope for your bike. This tool is perfect for cleaning those hard-to-reach areas. Its microfibers attract and hold grit and grime for an easy cleaning job.

Lube Tasks

The Chain
Keeping your chain lubricated is one of the ways to ensure ease of pedaling, ease of shifting, and to prevent squeaking. To keep your bike running right, keep your chain clean and well lubricated at all times with Motorex Dry Lube.

The Derailleurs
Your derailleurs work hard with every shift of your bike, and are key to keeping your drivetrain wear to a minimum. By lubricating your front and rear derailleurs at the pivot points with Tri-Flo lubricant, you can keep shifting both quietly and smoothly.

The Brake And Shift Levers
The working parts on your brake and shift levers also need to be kept clean and lubed for optimal braking and shifting. Apply Tri-Flo to the pivot points while running your levers through their range of motion. Also, apply the Tri-Flo or Motorex Bike Grease 2000 to the adjusting barrel threads.

Detailing Tasks

Give your bike a wash
After a long ride, or a long winter in storage, your bike needs a full wash. Washing can be fast and easy with the right product. Motorex Bike Clean will quickly break down the dirt and grime that accumulates on your frame and components.

Revolutionize your cleaning with brushes
A sponge or rag can do the job, but cleaning becomes much easier with the right set of brushes designed specifically for the task of cleaning your bike. Park Tools Brush Set BCB-4 will make cleaning the frame, wheels, tires, and hard to reach places a cinch.

Make your bike shine like new
A polished bike not only looks amazing, but it even seems to ride better. Modern frames and components are made to shine. Beyond aesthetics, polished frames and parts stay clean longer as they resist dirt and moisture. Be sure to use a carbon safe product such as Motorex Bike Shine.

Other Tasks

Cleaning Your Caliper Brakes
It’s important to keep the rims clean of any rubber deposits from the brake pads and clean of grime and dirt, too. A good degreaser is perfect for this task. After the rims are clean, check your brake pads. Glazed, hardened or dirty pads can cause a loss of braking power and squeaking noises. Clean them by scrubbing off any debris and hardened glaze with sandpaper.

Cleaning Your Disc Brakes
Disc brakes offer impressive stopping power, but to maintain this power, you have to keep them clean. Motorex Easy Clean will easily remove both dirt and glaze off the rotors. Just be sure to replace the pads if they get chipped or contaminated with grease and grime.

If you don’t have the time to maintain your bike just bring it in and the ARB Service Department we will give it the TLC it needs!

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