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Cleaning Wheel Rims

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by mondobongo, 18 Feb 2008.

  1. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Whats the best way of cleaning wheel rims? Is soapy water and a cloth enough or should I be doing a bit more.
     
  2. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    I use soapy water to help degrease/clean. I clean the brake pads too.
     
  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I await the replies you receive with interest ... I've just been using rain water and a scrubbing brush, regularly. And also a toothbrush on the brake block.
     
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    If they are really crappy - like after a week of wet rides - car alloy wheel cleaner is really quick on the rims and gives great results (like wonder wheels). Only use it on the MTB, not the road bikes - just water and car shampoo.
     
  5. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I use isopropyl alcohol. It cleans the grease and rubber off a treat and doesn't leave any residue. Get it at Maplins.
     
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    never done it ever, what are they getting on them that regular braking won't shift?
     
  7. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Ground up metal - which the brakes shift round and round and round apparently according to my LBS, who told me to keep them cleaner.
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    You do need to clean the 'sh1t' off them as that will increase wear of the rim, and they will look crap (dirty - come on !!)
     
  9. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    You should get an Evertonian to lick them or failing that careful use of an alloy cleaner and a Summerdays toothbrush.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    There is no way I am letting a bluenose touch me bike.
     
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Soap and Water - never done me any 'arm 'san ! [cockney accent] ;)
     
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

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  13. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
     
  14. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Blimey! It's a young Grobbelar in disguise.
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I've genuinely never ever washed a wheel rim in my entire life

    And I'd never washed a chain until a few months ago, granted the chain and gears are running silky smooth now they're cleaned and oiled

    got no real problem with the brakes though