Dirty bikes and why they ride poorly
Have you ever had the experience of gears grinding and brakes squealing on your mountain bike? These days, we think "Oh no, something is broken and I won't be able to get a part for months!" This can be prevented with a few simple steps!
Step1: Wash off your mountain bike after your ride. We recommend the Muc-Off Pressure Washer to clean your bike well with little effort.
The Muc-Off Pressure Washer Bicycle Bundle includes all you need to get your bike back to that factory fresh look while also looking out for those delicate bearings, surfaces and suspension parts. Our all-in-one bundle features three lances to cater for specific cleaning needs, as well as a Snow Foam Lance to transform your bottle of Nano Tech Bike Cleaner into the ultimate dirt-destroying snow foam.
This is Outbound Mountain Gear's choice for all our grimy shop work! A simple bike wash / drivetrain cleaner can work well for you if you do not want to go crazy. But if biking is your thing, make the investment to get the job done easier!
Step 2. When you lube your chain, clean it off after.
We see it time and time again, a person lubes their chain and doesn't clean it off. This basically becomes glue for dirt, rocks, grime, and other contaminants. All this stuff wallows away at your precious components decreasing the life of them and increasing the amount you will need to spend on your next service. The average drive train replacement cost is over $300.00.
Grime after one ride and not cleaning off the chain lube
The Muc-Off Eco Parts Washer at work!
Step 3. Regular Maintenance Service - Mountain Bikes are not that complicated but they do require regular professional maintenance. With that being said, figure 10% of your bike's cost should go back into maintenance every season. So for a $4000.00 bike that is ridden an average of 3 days a week for an hour plus should expect to put around $400.00 back into it. What do you get when you put that $400.00 back in? Fresh oil in your shock and fork, clean break fluid, proper torque on all bolts, a professional cleaning, shift adjustment, inspections of all your components, and a proper writeup of maintenance that may need to be done for the upcoming season, such as new brake pads or rotors and maybe even a new chain so you can extend the life of that drivetrain we love so much!
PRO TIP! Service your bike in early (Februaryish) to beat the rush!
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