Every cyclist can appreciate the benefits of a brand new bike, with a frame that sparkles in the sunlight and components that run silently, smoothly and efficiently.
But it doesn’t take long for that shop-fresh feeling to fade – especially here in the UK, when the weather will often work against you. And it doesn’t matter if you have the best waterproof jacket, grippiest tyres or brightest lights – if you don’t take care of your bike, the elements will soon begin to get the better of it.
“If you don’t take care of your bike, the elements will soon begin to get the better of it”
It might sound like a chore, but with the right kit, it doesn’t need to be. Here’s why you should clean your bike after every ride – and an easy fix to make sure you can get the job done as quickly as possible.
You will prolong the life of your components
The UK’s changeable weather conditions can make life difficult for your bike, not least from autumn through to spring, when rain, mud, grit and grime combine to cake your pride and joy in the kind of thick, grinding paste that can quickly eat into components – particularly the drivetrain.
As a result, it’s important to stay on top of maintenance to avoid the kind of day-to-day wear and tear that can leave you with a hefty bill to repair or replace parts. On top of that, keeping your bike clean will help to avoid the creaks and squeaks that can ruin the tranquillity of any ride.