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How to clean your road bike

Cleaning your bike is something you probably don’t want to do but it is an important part of looking after your bike.

It can be easy to forget and put off, but if you want to get the best performance from your bike, you need it to be clean and working the best way it can. Dirty chains can lead to poor performance and can reduce the lifespan of a chain. It’ll cost you more in the long run if you don’t look after it.

What products do I need to clean my bike?

There are lots of cleaning bundles offered on numerous bike websites. We found it cheaper to buy everything separately as quite often the cleaning liquids can be smaller than usual, and you might end up with a load of brushes you don’t really need.

For our starter set we bought the following:

  • X-3 Muc-Off Dirty Chain Machine
  • Muc-Off Nano Tech Bike Cleaner – 1 Litre
  • Muc-Off X3 Chain Cleaner
  • Muc-Off Drivetrain Cleaner 500ml (Capped & Triggered) – 500ml
  • Muc-Off Dry Lube
  • Muc-Off Wet Lube
  • Muc-Off Individual Claw Brush
  • Muc-Off Detailing Brush
  • Muc-Off Individual Soft Washing Brush
  • Sponge
  • Cloths

Guide to cleaning and protecting your road bike

We found the team at Muc-Off to be really good at guiding you though a full bike clean process. We tested using the X-3 Dirty Chain Machine to clean one of our chains, and honestly, we can’t fault it!

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