Some advice and a lot of first-hand anecdotes and observations from someone who accidentally had a career in the bike business.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Find Your Solution in a Bottle
Like many creative people, a lot of alcohol goes into my work. This is particularly true when cleaning rims and brakes. Many cleaners leave residues that are slippery or cause brakes to squeal. Alcohol makes everything better!
Be sure to use a clean rag. Find a fresh section of it if the rim has a lot of aluminum oxide and other grime on it. Otherwise you just smear the dirt around.
Alcohol dries quickly, leaving a clean (and sterile) surface. It's also good for removing frog guts and drowned worm residue from brake arches.