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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Spoked wheel cleaning

So, before posting I did the required search through the forum and didn't find a lot of information. So I pose the question, how does everyone with the spoked wheels take care of their wheels. A specific tool that you might use (like the one Mothers offers for car wheels). Any specific cleaning compound? I have to say that I have gone over my bike cleaning it pretty well since buying it but the wheels are still giving me trouble.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 08:44 PM
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Try strips of a rag and your favorite cleaner polish. Pull the rags end to end like a shoe shine rag.

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A couple of questions, are the wheels rusty or just dirty? If they're rusty take some 0000steel wool to get rid of the rust.If they are just dirty take some chrome wheel cleaner in the spray bottle like the eagle one brand.Once you get them clean put a good coat of wax on them. In between major cleanings try using a spray wax.There is no easy way to do it.That's the only bad thing about laced wheels.
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They're just dirty. I've given them a good washing, so they don't look bad. I was just hoping to save some time...you know, less time cleaning, more time riding. Maybe next year maybe I will just get them powder coated.

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Here's what I do. Put the bike on a good lift on level concrete driveway, take it up as high as it will go, tie it down in all four places. Most bike lifts have tie down loops. If it's perfectly balanced it should be solid. Put the bike in nuetral. Now the hard part. You will need the fatest shoe laces you can find, big an wide. and some spray cleaner and polish. Get one of those small coolers that holds about a six pack or more (this has a dual purpose). fill it with your favorite beverage on a nice day sit on it, wrap the shoe string around the spoke and shine them up one at a time. Goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it. Depending on what you put in the cooler don't ride the bike if you empty it.
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Willie, I think you're right. Now I just need to get a lift. That or I could pay my son to sit out there and do it for me while I drink the sixpack.

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If you have a Cycle Gear store close they have a great, inexpensive tool for cleaning spoke rims.
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When I first cleaned my wheels, I used the foaming engine degreaser, let it soak for about 10 mins then washed it with a high pressure spray. Then I used hot chrome and soaked the wheels and let them sit another 10 mins and rinsed with high pressure. Wheels look 100x better and didn't need polishing afterward.
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What about the scrubbing-bubbles bathroom cleaner? I've used it on hard to clean car parts before and it seemed to work well.

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What about the scrubbing-bubbles bathroom cleaner? I've used it on hard to clean car parts before and it seemed to work well.

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Wonder how it would react with rubber tires? Has anyone tried this yet?

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