To do this, get your all-purpose cleaner again and spray down all components of the drivetrain. Grab the hard bristle brush for this important step.
Now, you’re going to spin the pedals backward so that the chain and gear sets rotate. Hold your hard bristle brush against the gear sets. Move the brush up and down, from left to right, to ensure that you really get in between the chain rings. Make sure to get the derailleurs and pedals as well. Finish off this step by rinsing everything off with your water hose once again.
STEP 4: DRYING
Your bike should be spotless now. Next up is taking a clean cloth and drying your bike with it. Make sure to run it across every part, paying special attention to your frame. Use an old cloth for drying off your bike. Even though it’s pretty clean now, the cloth will still get dirty as you soak up the water and spray.
STEP 5: LUBRICATING THE SUSPENSION
If your mountain bike has suspension—front, rear or both—it’s important to make sure it’s lubricated. Simply lube up the suspension and pump it down a few times. At this point, you may see some left-behind dirt emerge from the suspension. Make sure to wipe it off. Also, don’t overuse your lubricant as too much of it might attract dust and dirt next time you go for a ride;
STEP 6: LUBRICATING AND OILING THE CHAIN AND GEARS
After lubricating the suspension, it’s time to do the same for your drivetrain. Pedal back a couple of times to check if all water is gone. Put some lubricant on the chain and continue to run it backward. To ensure there’s not too much lubricant, get a clean cloth and run the chain through it. Don’t forget to lube your derailleurs and chain rings as well.
Lastly, if you have disc brakes, it’s critical to avoid getting lubricant on them. Lubed disc brakes need fixing. You should clean your disc brakes like you do the frame. Simply hose them down, brush them down and dry with a cloth.