A Guide To Cleaning Road Bike Disc Brakes

You have washed, polished, and checked your bike for flat tyres, but what’s the next step in bike maintenance? Do you know how to clean your bicycle’s gears and brakes? When you have dirt stuck, which grinds together and ultimately reduces the life and efficiency of your brakes, simply washing them won’t get the job done! but how do you clean disc brake rotors?

If you want quiet, consistent, and powerful stopping, you need to ensure that you are maintaining your brakes regularly by keeping them clean and mud-free. A key indicator that your bicycle is crying out for some much-needed TLC due to unwanted oil, dirt or debris, is if your brake discs are making howling noises, creating stains on the rotors or there is a reduction in the power of your brake performance. So, how do you clean your bike’s brakes? Well, you’re in luck because WD-40 has formulated the perfect solution that can dissolve the grime and dirt stuck in your brakes for easy removal. Smart, right?

WD-40 BIKE® Degreaser has been specially formulated for quick and easy removal of dirt, mud, and grime from the brake disc rotors. The fast-acting formula leaves no residue and can extend the life of your bicycle components when used frequently. You can use it on chains, cassettes sprockets, derailleurs, and cog sets. Once applied, the liquid starts to soften and solubilise grease and oil to lift it from the brake disc rotor easily.

Things you will need

Step 1: Shake Can

First, shake the can of WD-40 BIKE Degreaser thoroughly.

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Step 2: Hold the can 15-30cm away and then spray

Apply WD-40 BIKE Degreaser liberally onto both sides of the brake disc rotor whilst holding the can 15-30cm away.
Allow the formula remain in contact for a few minutes.

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Step 3: Rinse the bike with clean water

To finish, spray with clean water from a hose.

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Pro Tip:

For thorough bicycle maintenance, you should lubricate your chain and wash the frame regularly. Click here to browse the full range of WD-40 BIKE® products.

Now that you know how to use our specially formulated Bike Disc Brake Cleaner, you should use it frequently to reduce the wear and tear caused by the grinding of dirt particles. Why not also take a read of our other bicycle maintenance guides such as how to lubricate your chain, remove rust from your chain, wash your bike and clean your chain to become a pro!

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