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Okay, so either you are a regular reader or have found this article because you want to clean your bike well. This specific guide is for road bikes only. There are many things that need to be done differently with a road bike as compared to a mountain bike that I may need to do a MTB guide later.

First, get your bike and your stand ready.

This bike stand is a custom-made piece that I use for repair and cleaning. It is made out of a foldable saw horse and other items. Works very well to keep the bike stable and off the ground.

Next, get your cleaning bucket and supplies ready. These supplies should consist of:

  • Scrub Brushes
    • Large (Mainly meant for large areas)
    • Medium – Overall areas, and crankset
    • Toothbrush – Small areas
    • Gear Brush
  • Grease
    • Anti Seize
    • Standard Grease
    • Carbon Paste
  • Cloths/Rags
    • Polishing Rag
    • Grease Rag
    • Scrub Rag
  • Any Tools Needed to Complete the Cleaning Job
  • Water Bucket + Soap (I use hand soap or Dawn)

The baby powder shown above is for use in tires when installing a new one, and the spray bottle is to get dirt out of tough-to-reach areas if need be. I also suggest getting a small box or container to place bolts, parts or accessories you may need to remove from the bike.

Don’t forget your most important item which will keep your clothes protected while dealing with your bike, the apron: (more…)

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  1. Rider Diversity
  2. With multitudes of riders, each riding in a local area instead of riding outside the state based on their own interests and needs guarantees a broader range of marked and known trail areas.

  3. Increase Racing Competitions
  4. Racing culture increasing and more riders competing is the best way to make sure that you have a riding partner or someone to learn from, not to mention larger group rides over long-term.

  5. Environmental Awareness
  6. Riders typically seem to be a bit more environmentally aware of their settings because they are around it more and at a slower pace. This helps sustain a more vibrant, useable area. These benefits in turn reduce automobile use and possibly sprawl, habitat loss, and air/water pollution.

  7. Resident Benefits and Pricing
  8. LBS’s require comparatively little infrastructure¬†and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and franchise developments.

  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Local business starting fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity. With more riders, this gives more opportunities and desire to start more bike related or bike-friendly businesses.

  11. Jobs and Wages (more…)

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