Basic Road Bicycle Maintenance : Washing a Bicycle

Basic Road Bicycle Maintenance : Washing a Bicycle


Over time your bicycle can accumulate grease and dirt, which can damage the components of your bike. Learn to wash and clean your bicycle appropriately with tips from an expert in this free sports video.

Expert: Robert Davis
Bio: Robert Davis is vice-president and a founding member of the San Luis Obispo County Coalition and president of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club.
Filmmaker: Patrick Eaves

100 Comments on "Basic Road Bicycle Maintenance : Washing a Bicycle"


  1. Also hes an old man of course hes probably gonna breath healthy but hes in pretty damn good shape.
    For an old man and ive seen better so fuck off.

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  2. Dude.. Nice video.. I have gotten on my 20 year old MTB after years of it sitting in the garage just last week. And today I was thinking about cleaning it. I'm off to get a soft brush. 🙂

    I hope I am as fit as you when I am your age by the way.

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  3. Wow expert village is actually wrong this time! If you give your bike a good soapy bath the paint will fall off easyer then there will appear rust.You can do this only on carbon frames! Otherwise you'll get your frame rusted!

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  4. Ya I agree I don't think this fellow mentioned that if you have a scratch or chip in the paint, that is obviously going to expose the surface. This will lead to corrosion. Here's a good trick- if you have a scratch and you are going out in some weather, smear a nice line of vaseline on the tube where the scratch is located. That will protect it at least for the time being.

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  5. Aluminum it does rust. Of course it takes longer than Chromo , steel and other materials. The aluminum will get something like a gray layer on it.

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  6. I'm a bit older than you and don't play in the mud anymore. 🙂

    This video here is just ridiculous 'cos it shows washing a perfect clean road bike … only sissies do so. Maintenance and cleaning are two different things. I've also got a perfectly rotten looking bike for the city — but technically it's in a better condition than most of the cheap crap you can see on the roads.

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  7. Aluminum corrodes but it does not rust. Rust refers only to iron and steel corrosion.

    Aluminum is actually very prone to corrosion. However, aluminum corrosion is aluminum oxide, a very hard material that actually protects the aluminum from further corrosion. Aluminum oxide corrosion also looks a lot more like aluminum, so it isn't as easy to notice as rusted iron

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  8. (Cont)
    When iron corrodes the color changes and it actually expands. This expanding and color change can produce large red flakes that we all know as rust. Unlike aluminum oxide, the expanding and flaking off of rust exposes new metal to further rusting. This why it is so important to provide a barrier so rust doesn't start.

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  9. Really interesting to see how different people wash their bikes differently.!! thx could you do one for carbon bikes???!!!

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  10. He should be more worried about his unborn child than how clean his bike is.

    Should a man that heavily pregnant even be riding a bike!?

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  11. WD40 is a kerosene product wich erodes moving metalparts such as the chain and gears very fast. In fact it is used as help to faster grind down metal in the industry. Before i knew this, i used WD40 for lubricating the bike and it felt very smooth and nice. But it totally destroyed everything, and i had to change the crankbox, casette and the chain. WD40 should only be used to loosen rusty bolts and similar, but be carefull thus it gets in everywhere. NEVER use it as lubricant !

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  12. ha ha holy fuck, last time i saw a pair of legs like that they were hanging out of a nest !!! great advert for weight control through cycling !!

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  13. Whoa – dude is out of breath washing his bike. Looking at the "Joe" he has hanging over his pants I don't think he's been doing much riding lately.

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  14. It is impossible to watch this video without
    1) laughing or;
    2) feeling awkward.

    I tried, but its damn near impossible

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  15. "Everyone knows A clean Bike Goes Faster".

    Apparently washing your bike is better than having a carbon fiber frame and dura ace components. ANd its like 1/1000 of the price!

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  16. look like a freaking clown walking around in lycra and cycling jersey. also, the guy sounds like he's about to die.

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  17. i think this guy washes his bike more often than he rides it… took at those sexy sexy thighs! They have power and stamina written all over them…. Or perhaps the power and stamina are stored in the "joe" above, waiting to decend

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  18. Dude has clearly never ridden a bike in his life! Why is he so winded!?

    Also I would not be spraying water all over my drivetrain like that!!!!!

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  19. possibly he is nervous, or he maybe has some sort of health issue (asthma etc). I find talking to project my voice requirs me to breathe in a heavy manner.

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  20. holly shit look at this guys belly, he must be pounding into it everytime he's riding his bike (if he ever does)

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  21. @drexelur1 Dude, you need to relax a little. You're taking life a little too seriously. You know, you're going to cause yourself heart problems if you let the simple things, like other peoples appearances, bother you.

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  22. I totally agree with akakkadak's comment, pls respect someone who at his age is still contributing & sharing ideas with the rest. Live & learn to RESPECT!

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  23. So much trash talk. Odds are he could leave most of your sorry asses in the dust if you got off your keyboards and tried to keep up with him.

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  24. LOL cleaning a bike break pad means when u ride it like couple mins later the breakes wont even WORK , Cleaning the chain LOL gets rid of the oil meaning won't run good and at the end of the video he laugthed as if it were bad witch it was LOL

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  25. Why don't all you snarky little pissant trolls go jack off somewhere else. The dude's just making a video. Give him a break you little fuckwads.

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  26. Some of you people are just dumb.
    First off .. yes he doesnt have to wear cycling gear while cleaning his bike.. hes making a cycling video for cyclist and clearly hes a knowledgeable cyclist himself!
    Just like someone teaching you to throw a punch, they dont have to wear shorts and gloves.
    Second this guy knows his shit! Thanks to him I now know how to safely clean my bike.
    Third. Yea hes got a little bit of a stomach. So? He cycles! What do you do? What do you look like?
    Great vid!

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  27. I think its an utter disgrace for insulting someone who only wants to help people. I for one appreiciate the video. Good on you bro

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  28. Great video, do you recommend any method of drying? After you wash like this should you put in lubricant around on the joints of your breaks? And i have noticed like 6 different formulas for lubrication… anyone have a preference?

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  29. Thank you I hope all the other guys who think they know everything well I hope they die of cancer

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  30. @fintankpd121 relax troll,who cares pot belly or not he loves the sport and he's trying to help others.this was actually very helpful for me.

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  31. Where can I purchase biking cloths? I juts got a raliegh road bike, and I started going 25 Miles a day, I wanna look the part haha.

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  32. typical Youtube young punk jerks commenting on this guy. This guy does a helpful video and little scummy punks make rude comments. This is why America is such a crappy country…because of young punks like you who hide behind a keyboard to make comments. You'd never have the guts to make rude comments to a grown man. You little weasels.

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  33. really nice video
    I have a serotta track bike
    But i cannot find drain holes.
    how should I wash my bike?
    I usually don't ride my steel bike when it's raining.
    Also I clean my bike with towel.

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