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  • Offline Martymouse

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    Best way to clean the wheels?
    on: Feb 28, 2017, 06.50 pm
    Feb 28, 2017, 06.50 pm
    I have been inspired by Moses ... no not that one, but our new friend and member.
    He mentioned that the wheels are a pain to clean and I agree ... so ... how do you clean your wheels?  Do you have a favourite brush or some other secret?  How do you turn the front wheel (or the back one in my case - I don't have a centre stand).
    Take pity on me and share away   :148:  :440:
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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2017, 07.51 pm
    Feb 28, 2017, 07.51 pm
    Luckily i can spin my back wheel,(i have a centre stanrd) and for the front i just clean both sides in a small area then pull the wheel round to more non clean area.
    I do use WD40 on a rag to get most of the crud off and it seems to stay quite clean, until i ride it again.  :028:
    keep it shiny side up !!!

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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #2 on: Feb 28, 2017, 08.50 pm
    Feb 28, 2017, 08.50 pm
    *Originally Posted by pistnbroke [+]
    Luckily i can spin my back wheel,(i have a centre stanrd) and for the front i just clean both sides in a small area then pull the wheel round to more non clean area.
    I do use WD40 on a rag to get most of the crud off and it seems to stay quite clean, until i ride it again.  :028:

    Try basic white spirit rather than WD40?

    WD 40 can easily stray onto discs for that "Brown Trouser" moment! - whereas White Spirit evaporates, WD40 doesn't as its an oil
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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #3 on: Mar 01, 2017, 10.01 am
    Mar 01, 2017, 10.01 am
    I'm not positive what 'white spirit' is (maybe a UK thing and I'm in the States) but Simple Green is an effective cleaner/degreaser that isn't slippery on the tires or brakes.

    WD40 is NOT the best option IMHO.   :187:

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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #4 on: Mar 01, 2017, 10.54 am
    Mar 01, 2017, 10.54 am
    Somebody mentioned Baby Wipes the other day on a different thread - can't remember who - sorry.  I can't comment as I haven't tried this method yet but I will report back once I've had a go with them  :169:

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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #5 on: Mar 01, 2017, 03.07 pm
    Mar 01, 2017, 03.07 pm
    *Originally Posted by DEMBONES [+]
    I'm not positive what 'white spirit' is (maybe a UK thing and I'm in the States) but Simple Green is an effective cleaner/degreaser that isn't slippery on the tires or brakes.

    WD40 is NOT the best option IMHO.   :187:

    Well apparently "White Spirit" is a European thing, not just UK. It's the stuff you use to clean brushes when using old-style oil-based paints.
    Will definitely give it a try one of these evening
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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #6 on: Mar 02, 2017, 11.22 am
    Mar 02, 2017, 11.22 am
    I find the best way is to get the missus to clean them while I sit back and have a beer.

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    Re: Best way to clean the wheels?
    Reply #7 on: Mar 02, 2017, 11.25 am
    Mar 02, 2017, 11.25 am
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    I must admit i do tell her to make sure she puts a cloth over the discs, just so its not done completely without disregard to my well being and safety, and to stop those brown trouser moments.  :112:  :005:  :138:
    keep it shiny side up !!!