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Old 05-11-2013, 12:29 PM   #16
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This isn't a question about what you use rather how you do it.

I just find the wheels pretty inaccessible and I'm sick of rolling backwards and forwards to expose what feels a small part of the wheel in one go.

I only have the side stand too so the right side gets more attention than the left because its easier to get to.
I don't have wheel stands yet... so far there's little need for them. To clean the wheels, I use liquid car wax on a rag and wipe down as much of the front and rear wheel as I can comfortably get to.

To clean the rest of the rear wheel, I tug on the seat to pull the bike onto the side stand, which unweights the rear wheel. If you have it in neutral, you can use your other hand to rotate the back wheel about a quarter turn. Do that two or three times, and you can get to any spot on the rim.

Works well for lubricating the chain, as well.

The front wheel, I simply pull up on the front edge of the wheel, so the bike tries to roll backwards. That locks the side stand in place. When you pull up, you unweight the front wheel, and it will spin nearly a quarter turn.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #17
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Best way to clean wheels?

On the topic of stands. This all takes place on the drive. This is how much space I have in the garage.

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #18
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I like too use WD40 on a rag.

As far as rotating the wheel, get some stands dude. They are cheap. I just got a rear stand off cyclegear.com on sale for $40.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:03 PM   #19
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Careful with the WD40. It will dry the paint.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:09 PM   #20
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Not if you use the correct WD40.



Safe protection for even carbon fiber.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:33 PM   #21
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Nice. How long has that been around?
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:35 PM   #22
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For a little while now. It is technically made for bicycling but they are even more fragile than our bikes are, so it makes it great for cleaning our bikes.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:51 PM   #24
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Paddock stands front and rear. Also, WD40 requires 2 or 3 wipes with a cloth and they're gleaming. So little effort required its unreal. Gleaming clean
This. Wd-40 is magical, I've cleaned so much shit off my rims and my fairings with it. I had this chain cleaner that was spotted all over my back rim and it was like tar. It was so hard to clean off that I left it on there for almost a month. I took wd-40 to it with one wipe and that shit was shinin like it was new.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #25
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pop bike up on stands, spray some Motul Shine & Go, rotate and wipe off with paper towel or microfiber cloth.

Any spray wax works well too but more pricey.
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Letting you know cycle gear has rear stands for 49 bucks or 39. I picked up a set and it makes things soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much easier. Along the lines of cleaning with side stand only have your wife sit on it and slowly creep forward and I use goo gone works wonders
Goo gone is the best! I rinsw it with soapy water afterwards.
Great for figgin lovebugs in fl.
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i put them up on Stands. but ya. Our rims are bitch if they're still on the bike. Just gotta maneuver around the chain/sprocket and rotors. I use goo-gone and that bitch works like a charm.
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