I’m seeing alot of hits about how to clean a fixie. That’s cool – cause if you keep your ride clean it will last alot longer with less expense into replacing abrasion and corrosion worn parts.
So – what I do (and been doing for along time) is very simple post-ride ritual.
1) I use a garden hose and spray off all the road grit. If its been a muddy ride or especially nasty, I’ll use a light soapy mix (just dishwashing soap) to cut the crud.
2) Rinse again and wipe down with a chamois or baby diaper. Don’t wanna scratch the paint.
3) Take some CRC 656 or WD40 and spray inside the BB holder or other ‘vent holes’ if you’re riding a steelie.Don’t spray this stuff directly on your hubs, headset or BB bearing sides. It penetrates and dissolves lube. Just use it to displace moisture and protect the raw steel. PLus clean the gunk off the cog and crank gear.
4) Do the same on your chain. These products will dissolve your lube – so after you spray and spin. Wipe the chain down and then reapply your chain lube.
5) Bounce the bike a bit to shake off any water drops and once over with the rag. Spin out the crank a bit to distribute the chain lube.
6) Do a quick post-ride check of your wheels, tires and bearings. This will help you spot any punks and if you need to do any bearing tweaks.
That’s it! I’m off to ride.