Vincent doesn't travel to Montréal to give TLC to my training bikes (which are identical in set-up to my race bikes). I have to find ways to get the job done on my own. (Teamwork is a great thing; when you find yourself all alone, it sure pays to know how to be self sufficient.) I can fix a lot of things and tune a bike pretty well, but I'm lucky to have generous expert help from Martin Rooseboom Vélos in Hochelaga, and Cycles Néron help me with tuning and parts when I need it.
|Sporting the Martin Rooseboom Vélo (Hochelaga, Montréal) colours! Photo credit: Justin Knotzke|
1. Rinse the bike with a hose, starting from the TOP, front end, finishing at the bottom rear end. Top to bottom..it's important.
My @FeltBicycles getting washed after a wet race! #ksr2014 pic.twitter.com/NRC9EgmfOz2. Brush out the drive train and cassette with a stiff brislted paintbrush and harsh degreaser... Then rinse with water
— Lex Albrecht (@Lex_Albrecht) May 24, 2014
3. I picked up a brush made for detailing car wheels at a hardware store. It's big, soft, and holds a lot of suds and water. I use car soap or dish soap to wash down the frame and wheels. TOP to BOTTOM.
following a consult with @VincentMGee this is the brush I bought to wash my @FeltBicycles : pic.twitter.com/vxzrCZ9lRx
— Lex Albrecht (@Lex_Albrecht) June 13, 2014
4. Rinse the soap away, (top to bottom!) and let the frame dry
(If the bike isn't too grimy I get away with leaving the wheels on, and can finish in a few minutes. In other cases, I take them off to make sure to reach into the upper inside of the fork and the rear side of the seat tube.) Don't forget to re-lube the chain with a light, dry, chain oil.
Keep your bikes clean ;).