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wd 40 bike review no elbow grease required almost

WD-40 Bike review: No elbow grease required, almost

Easy to use, fast acting and cleans effectively – perfect for the lazy cyclist that must clean the bike

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Christopher Ng

26 Jun 2018

Presenting the Tern Node D16 and it belongs to me. It’s a wonderful foldie; bought it second-hand because I didn’t know if I truly would return to cycling and don’t want to invest big for something I might give up a month later. The bike came to me free of dirt and dust. Only a tiny amount of grease spots and streaks tarnish what is otherwise would be a spotless bike.

And then, I started cycling and fell in love with the freedom a self-propelled two-wheeler can give. Dust and dirt accumulated, grease spots and streaks grew larger. Occasionally, when the bike starts carrying cakes of mud, I’d give it a soapy wash to get the much off. Yet, the grease continues to grow. Yes, I am not the neatest person in the world, I admit.

I know that there are a few off-the-shelf degreasers in hardware shops but I’m afraid that the chemical composition might also harm other components on my bike. Also, the other renowned and trusted brands aren’t the easiest to find; that or I’m never there when it’s in stock. And so, a year and a have has passed and the greasy stains grew.

WD-40, at the beginning of the year, released a range of bike cleaning products and demonstrated how easy it was to clean the bike. It's called WD-40 Bike, apt name. I remained sceptical – the bike on the stand wasn’t the dirtiest I’ve seen. Thankfully, WD-40 sent me the complete range to review and hopefully bury my doubts.

I began by liberally squirting the All-Purpose Bike Wash all over the bike. And then I squirted more in places that I thought will be harder to clean. Leaving the solution to do its work, I grabbed the Chain Cleaner & Degreaser and began to spray foam on the chain, front and rear derailleurs, chainrings and the cassette. Almost instantly, dirt began to drip from the groupset, which made a mess on the floor. As advised by the experts, I left the bike as is for about five minutes. And made coffee.

With a good black cuppa in hand, I noticed some places on the frame has become spotless, the chain started becoming shinier. All the gunk that was on the bike pooled on the floor. After one long sip, I started hosing down the bike and watched as more dirt slid off the frame like butter on a hot plate.

The more stubborn stains required a wipe but it was nothing too difficult. The same can be said for the groupset – gunk and grease washed off without needed any scrub. Check out the gallery below for the 'before-after' photos.

The final step was to apply lube on the chain, for obvious reasons. WD-40 Bike has three types of lube – dry, wet and all-conditions. Since I always ride when it’s not raining, I grabbed the bottle of Dry Chain Lubricant and worked my way on each link, then shifting the gears so the chainrings and cassette also get the slippery stuff.

As magical as it sounds, the WD-40 Bike isn’t a magical solution. There are stains that are as stubborn as the Juggernaut and giving maximum effort yielded only minimal results. And if I wanted a thoroughly clean bike, I have to dismantle it entirely. Still, the cleaning process that lasted no more than 30 minutes resulted in a bike that’s even cleaner than I first bought it. Satisfying.

Information on price and availability here.