Simple Tips And Tricks to Clean a Bicycle 0 260

Simple Tips and Tricks to Clean a Bicycle

Ride your bicycle to work every day?  Well, at some point your bicycle will get dirty, especially when you ride in the rain or over mud. And, cleaning your bicycle is likely the last thing on your mind.  Or, maybe you have no time to clean it. Some of you will attempt to clean it by simply spraying it down with a hose, then leave it out to dry while others have the common sense to at least wipe it dry with a cloth.

Hate to tell you this, but this cleaning technique does not work.  A bicycle is composed of multiple parts and components. And these parts are exposed to grime, mud, and debris during your ride.  If you don’t clean your bicycle properly, it will eventually perform poorly.

Spraying with a hose may be able to clean the outer layer and appearance of the bike, but it won’t clean the cogs, gears, chains, and lever of the bike. Cleaning these parts from time to time will help improve your bikes performance, and it will help increase the bike’s lifespan as well.

Before we proceed to the cleaning process, we must first know what materials we’ll need.

Things you need to clean a bike

You don’t need fancy equipment and cleaning materials to clean your bike. Regular household items and some hardware products are all you need.

Clean Cloth

The most basic and most important cleaning material. With a clean and dry cloth, you could probably clean most of the bike’s parts. You could get a bike cleaning cloth but any clean rag or fabric of clothing will do.

A clean cloth is usually used to remove dirt, mud, and grime from the bike. It can also be used to lubricate some parts of the bike as well.


It’s almost impossible to clean a bike completely without water. Water can help remove mud, grime and other foreign material that is clinging to your bike.

However, we recommend that you use a low-pressure hose when you’re cleaning a bike. High-pressure water may damage some of the more sensitive parts of the bike. You should use a bucket of water, a low-pressure hose, or a cloth dipped in water to effectively clean your bike.

Soap, bike wash, detergent, and other cleaning substances

Soap or any substance designed for cleaning bikes will do. You could get a formulated bike wash or you could simply use diluted soap to do the job.


You’re going to need brushes of different shape and sizes for this.  An old toothbrush is also a good option if you’re on a budget. The brushes are going to be used to clean the chains, brakes, and other small components of the bike. They will also be useful in cleaning hard to reach places as well.

Chain lubricant or Oil

It’s best if you could use a chain lubricant designed for your bike chain. However, if you are on a budget, then we highly recommend you use WD-40. WD-40 is a great all-around product that can be used to lubricate your bike’s chain.


First, you have to remove grease from your bike parts before you can put oil in your chains or other parts of the bike.

You should definitely get a degreaser meant to clean your bike. You should avoid kerosene, alcohol, and turpentine. Sure, kerosene might be able to degrease your bike but it’s too potent. Its potency may end up damaging your bike in the process.

Bike stand

This one is optional but having a bike will make your job easier. A bike stand will allow you to place the bike in the best possible position for cleaning. It will allow you to disassemble and clean the pedals, lever, chain, and other components of the bike without moving it around. Even hard to reach parts will be easy to clean when you’re using a bike stand.

Simple Tips and Tricks to Clean a Bicycle

General outline in cleaning a bike

It’s really easy to clean a bike. Most of the components of the bike can be easily cleaned with a dry cloth, some water, and brushes.

Here are 6 simple steps to clean your bike:

  1. Clean the outer layer of the bike. This includes the wheels, the bike frame, the bike seat, and everything that can be wiped with a cloth.
  2. Either leave the bike to dry or wipe it dry with a dry cloth.
  3. Disassemble the bike chain and start cleaning it.
  4. Clean the brakes, the derailleur levers, and the derailleur cables
  5. Lubricate the bike chain, the derailleur levers, and the derailleur cables.
  6. Put back the chain and other parts of the bike together. Make sure everything is in place before leaving the bike.

Simple Tips and Tricks to Clean a Bicycle

Tips on cleaning the various parts of a bike

Cleaning the bike frame

  • It is recommended that you use a bucket of warm water mixed with diluted soap. Use a brush to gently remove the mud, dirt, and grime in your bike.
  • It is easier to work from the top down than from the bottom up. You can start with the handlebars and work your way down to the brakes.
  • Avoid using soap to clean the disk brakes, brake pads, and rotors of your bike.
  • Use bike wash or specifically designed rotor cleaners to clean the brake pads, disk brakes, and rotors of the bike.
  • It is highly recommended that you use a brush to clean the outside of the bike chain, the cogs, and the crags.
  • After scrubbing and wiping off the dirt. Rinse the bike using a bucket of water.

Cleaning the bike chain

  • Remove the chain from the bike so you can clean it easily.
  • Use a degreaser to properly remove grease and grime.
  • Wait for the degreaser to dry before cleaning it up.
  • Use a small brush to remove dirt and grime that are clinging to the chain.
  • You could use cotton buds to clean hard to reach places.
  • Lubricate the chain with a decent amount of oil.
  • Do not over lubricate the chains.
  • Again, you can use cotton buds dipped in lubrication fluid to lubricate the hard to reach places.

Cleaning the brakes, derailleur levers, and derailleur cables

  • Dissemble the brakes, derailleur levers, and derailleur cables to clean them properly.
  • Use a cloth to properly clean the brakes.
  • Apply a small amount (a drop or two) in the derailleur lever pivots.
  • Use a cloth dipped in lubrication fluid to lubricate the derailleur cables.
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Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace 0 325

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Honesty is the best policy is an old but well-known proverb. It certainly is and a lot of people believe it. People will always appreciate the honesty of another.

However, the truth is uncomfortable to talk about, especially when you’re in an office set up. Business relationships are always built in a way where you need to put on a false persona. You need to save face and most of the time you have to hide who you really are.

Many professionals have to put up with this because authenticity in the workplace is something that can’t be easily achieved. No matter what your background is, the cold and honest (ironic huh?) truth remains that you have to hide your real persona.

Being authentic at work might trigger other people. You will be the target of envy, of scorn, and you will be an outcast.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

What now?

So what does freedom in work actually mean? Does it mean having a pantry filled with things that you can eat at your own leisure? Does it mean having a dress code that allows you to come into the office while your favorite hoodie and sweatpants?

This is true for some people but to many others, it means being able to bring out who they truly are without having to fear to be an outcast. It means that’s they can simply be themselves. The question now presents itself, how do we achieve this for everyone?

We are all made up of layers

In this age, if you don’t act like other people or do what other people do, then you are already a target for scorn. Your unique perspective and actions aren’t really accepted by corporations and businesses.

People who come from the LGBTQ+ community or married individuals who choose not to have children may find that even the simplest of questions could open up a hazardous path leading to awkward office conversations. These people may be forced to answer a question that they don’t want to answer.

Questions like “when do you plan on having kids?” or “are you really gay?” are inquiries that people who fall under the spectrum of being ‘different’ have to deal with every day.  And honestly, it can get very tiring after a while.

Even if you aren’t technically hiding your sexual orientation, people will always still want you to magically conform to the norms of society. They may be thinking that asking questions like this might magically make you change your mind on whatever you’ve already set your heart on. To be honest, this never works.

The Global Head of Culture & Inclusion at Twilio, LaFawn Davis says that “We are all intersectional, meaning all have layers with which we identify. There can also be negative and long-term impact on intersectional technologists from expending the energy to determine whether or not all their layers will be welcomed or excluded”

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

The Pressure to Cover

In day to day office conversations, a non-conforming person may find themselves straining their minds. They are always burdened because they are always trying to think of ways to communicate with other co-workers without offending any of them.

An example of this would be, someone who does not have any interest in the importance of marriage or relationships in general. This person would have to find a way to explain that they are not interested in other people without offending the inquirer. In some cases, the non-conformist will have to evade the question altogether.

In tow with evading a conversation, individuals who find themselves in this type of situation commonly resort to talking about another co-worker. Not from ill intent, but from the perspective that this would be the only way to change the topic.

Of course, this is easier said than done. For the non-conformist, it would be hardly able to shake off the innate feeling of wanting to be different. One could not simply toss aside the feeling of being authentic. But, to talk about taboo things in the office would only lead to more complications.

Research shows that the act of ‘covering’, or the act of someone downplaying their differences from the norm actually affects the workforce badly. 3000 employees in over 20 large US firms had a turnout of 61% of employees that had faced implicit pressure to cover up their true selves in some way. While 50% of employees said that the pressure had disappeared because of their commitment to the company.

However, this practice still has a negative effect on people. This practice hinders the performance of the workers, and it could drain the individual in the process. Covering is also seen as a leading cause of attrition, with over 1000 casualties in companies.

Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace
Why Authenticity is Rarely Seen in the Workplace

Lead with Empathy

The best solution to this persistent problem is to develop safer and friendlier environments for people who fall under the spectrum of ‘non-conforming’. Leading with empathy includes implementing inclusive values, such as respecting an individual’s preferred pronouns.

To an employee, the people with the most influence are their supervisors. Once their team managers make them feel like their needs are acknowledged and that they’ve established that they are in a safe zone, then these individuals will feel less of an outcast and less likely to leave the company. Authentic concern for employees always produces good results, whether or not they are classified into the minority.

Supervisors must also strive to lead by example. Once someone from a higher position starts setting a new norm, their subordinates will start picking up on the habit. If everyone in the company starts being their true to themselves without having to hide behind a mask, then the company can slowly become a safe and conducive environment.

Being ‘authentic’ in this world is a hard feat to accomplish, but staying open and humble in a conversation helps in trying to make authenticity become the new norm. There is no single answer to the existing problem but if leaders lead with bravery and trust, they are sure to herd the industry into the right path.

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The Evolution of IoT and Where We’re Heading 0 317

The Evolution of IoT and Where We're Heading

Do you have the right idea about IoT (Internet of Things)? It may not mean what you think it means!

If you’ve been monitoring news about the Internet and modern technology, it’s a fair guess that you have encountered the phrase Internet of Things. Usually, people just call it IoT. While it does seem to represent an exciting new stage in high tech, there’s a problem: what the heck is it?

What we have with IoT is something nebulous, like the concept of justice. It seems like people have different ideas on what it means. Never mind how people disagree on which direction it should take. Like politics, you can’t get everyone to agree on how technology should evolve in the future. But the problem with IoT is that people can’t even agree on what it means now.

It’s probably understandable. It’s called the “Internet of Things”. Sure, people do have the same basic idea of what the Internet is. It’s just that people tend to disagree on exactly what those “things” are.


It’s only recently that the phrase became a hyped-up byword in tech articles in mainstream publications. Some people even believe that it’s a new concept. But the reality is that it’s actually an old idea. Tech entrepreneur Peter Lewis coined the phrase “Internet of Things” way back in 1985 when he gave a speech in D.C. That was a long time ago, and the Internet wasn’t even a true reality yet.

Lewis defined IoT as “the integration of people, processes and technology with connectable devices and sensors to enable remote monitoring, status, manipulation, and evaluation of trends of such devices.”

The Evolution of IoT and Where We’re Heading

IoT and Home Automation

Over the years, people seem to believe that the “things” in the Internet of Things refers to the interconnected gadgets we use. Admittedly, it’s easy enough to understand why so much media attention has been focused on these gadgets. These devices are evolving at a rapid rate, and they keep on improving and developing. As each year passes, they become more sophisticated.

One simple illustration of what the public sees as IoT is the use of the smart bulb. In the old days, you need to manually flick a switch to turn on the light. Now that’s no longer the case.

Instead of walking to the wall switch to turn on the light, you can use your smartphone instead. A smart light bulb has tech features that allow it to connect to your Wi-Fi so it’s also connected to the Internet. Your smartphone also connects to the Internet through Wi-Fi. This setup allows you to control your smart light bulb through an app.

Now with this setup, you have more sophisticated means of turning off the light. You can use your smartphone like a TV remote, and turn the light on or off with the smartphone. You don’t have to be there in the room either. The app can tell you if the light bulb is on while you’re in the office, and you can turn the light off from there. The app can give you a virtual switch and you can use it to turn off the light.

In fact, with the app, you can even program the light bulb to turn on and off at programmed times. You can do this to keep the light turning on and off to make it seem like you’re at home. You can even connect the light bulb to a sensor or a security camera, and have it turn automatically on when the sensors detect someone’s presence.

So now we have a smart light bulb, a smartphone and an app, your Wi-Fi, and maybe even your security camera interconnected through Wi-Fi. You have lots of gadgets working together.

But is this the Internet of Things? Are the gadgets and the “things” the same thing? People seem to think so, but that may not be the best interpretation.

The Evolution of IoT and Where We're Heading
Home Automation

User Point of View

When you have a light bulb and a switch, it’s easy enough to understand how to operate the light bulb. You can flick the switch to a certain direction, and it can turn on. Flick the switch the other way, and it turns off. It’s so simple. You don’t have to read a manual or watch YouTube videos online for you to understand how it works.

The same thing goes with a good smart light bulb and an app in a smartphone. As the user, you don’t even have to understand the details of how it works. You don’t need to know the science of how your app and your smart light bulb work and how they transmit data through the Wi-Fi. You just need to use the app properly and then you can activate or program the smart light bulb to turn on and off whenever you want.

Developer Point of View

The developer needs to understand the user’s perspective. That means they have to acknowledge that the user has no real need to understand the complex science required for the smart light bulb or an app.

Instead, the developer has to keep things simple. Using the app must be as intuitive and easy to understand as the wall switch of a regular light bulb.

This is the usability factor, and it’s crucial for the light bulb and the app to gain mainstream success. People will tend to reject gadgets and features that they don’t understand. It doesn’t matter if the people understand how it works. They just have to understand what to do to make it work. That’s the crucial difference.

Changing Your Mindset

Basically, you have a light bulb and a smart version of it, and they’re the same thing. You have a wall switch, and now you have an app. They’re the same thing too, as they both work as the switch.

Thus, the Internet of Things isn’t really about interconnected gadgets. They’re about interconnected concepts.  That’s how people and developers need to see IoT for it to become more prevalent.

You can’t focus on the advancement of the technology. These advances must be out of sight. For users, it’s about how easy things are to use. Focusing on easy UX is also how developers must see IoT. So even while IoT devices keep on getting more sophisticated, the real challenge is to keep it simple!

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