Wash Your Bike Like A Pro Mechanic | GCN Tech At The Dubai Tour

Wash Your Bike Like A Pro Mechanic | GCN Tech At The Dubai Tour


– So, we’re going to look at how fast they can clean Mark Cavendish’s bike. Now, they haven’t got
a pressure washer here or any compressors so,
they are limited there but lot’s of people at
home, you also don’t have compressors or pressure washers, so this one’s for you. (upbeat music) – Right, so first of all
filling up a bucket there obviously with some dish soap. Just going to degrease the cassette, it’s as quick as that. Some soapy water, just
to relieve the wheels of any dirt and grime that
they may have encountered. Meanwhile, on the bike the chain’s getting a good clean. Utilising that chain
keeper, see Sy Richardson, there is a purpose of one, after all. And then, with good
quality degreaser obviously it takes that grime off the chain, almost instantly and bang
the wheels are being done. Again, avoiding the bearings really, just giving it a good rinse off. And that’s the wheels done. Look how fast they did that. Alright there’s two of them. (upbeat music) – Just going to get off all that grime. From the dry lube this
morning, of course even when you use some dry lube, you’re
still going to get some sand and then obviously starting
at the top of the bike and working down, so you can let all that dirty water run off. As you can see, there’s
no messing about here, they’re not hanging around. And of course the cleaning
is only part of it. They’ve got to get them
ready for tomorrow, because, they want dinner tonight and they want to go to bed as well. He’s just peeling off
the stage profile there, so that’ll be sprints, feed
zone, that kind of thing. And that is the frame and wheels done. Didn’t take long did it? (upbeat music) – So, it’s not just the riders who work as part of the team,
mechanics are as well. So, one’s drying and the
other one will be preparing the bike for the following stage. That really is just to save
as much time as possible because when you’ve got a
number of bikes to clean and get ready, you don’t
want to be hanging around. Now, they’ve actually made
these stands themselves, ideal for travelling across the world with because they’re a lot
lighter and a lot easier to fold up than a standard workshop stand. With an old towel, what he’s doing really, he’s just drying off the wheels, but at the same time, inspecting the tyres to make sure there’s no
cuts, there’s no stones got in there and also
that the rims are okay. Again, nothing’s flicked
up off of the road and damaged anything. If there is, then obviously
that will need looking at. So, then with a cleaner towel or cloth, dries off the frame as much as possible to repel all the water. Again, normally they’d
have a compressor here so they can just blast
off the air with a hose, but in Dubai, we don’t have one of those. So, they’re just making do. So, some bike protector,
basically, that gets rid of any water which is hanging around, like that kind of thing. And now with some silicon spray, it’s going to actually help
the bottles go in and out of those cages a little bit easier. Sometimes, the bottles can
get a little bit sticky in there. Again, with a micro-fiber cloth,
just drying off everything. Make sure it’s nice and
pristine for the morning and at the same time,
whilst he’s drying that, just like with the tyres,
he can inspect the frame and make sure that there’s
nothing untoward going on there. Again, just drying off
every single component. Making sure there’s no water
hanging around in there that’s going to get in
there and ruin any bearings or give any surface rust over night. Because believe me, it can
happen in a rapid time. A quick check of the
battery there as well. So, now, he’s going to put on
some chain lube, a dry variety because obviously we’re
unlikely to get any rain here this week, fingers crossed. And then also, applying it in to those pulley wheels bearings because water has a nasty habit of getting in there and they can wreck pretty quickly. Back wheel in, in line. Now, it’s just a case
really of going round and checking all of those
bolts and making sure that they’re at the correct
torque and that nothing’s come loose throughout the stage. Now, it’s time really just
to make sure the gears are still indexing perfectly,
that nothing’s come out of align, either during the race or also during transport
back from the race because they put all the bikes in the back of a van to get them back
here as quick as possible, but really it’s just a case of making sure that the derailleur
hanger’s still in line. As you can see there, it
just needs a little bit of fine tuning. Now with this being Cavendish’s bike, obviously what’s ultra important is that he can get into the 11 tooth sprocket because that will be
needed when it comes down to the final sprint and
just making sure as well the down tube, there’s none of that lube has sprayed off onto it. Because that’s just going to attract dirt. Because obviously the bikes,
they’ve got to work good as well as looking good. And that’s it. Bike’s done, ready for tomorrow. (upbeat music) – So there we are, clean as a whistle and smooth as butter and ready to fight another day tomorrow in Dubai. And hopefully Cav will
get a stage win on it. So, let me know your
methods for washing a bike down there in the comments. I’ll be keen to read them, the processes and if you’ve got a homemade stand too, because I think that’s a cool little, is it a hack or is it a bodge? Dunno. Leave me your thoughts again
in the comments down below. And remember as well to
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