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Sunlite Pro-Polish Bicycle Cleaner And Protectant

09 Apr
Sunlite Pro-Polish Bicycle Cleaner

Sunlite Pro-Polish

Last year I took an online test to see how obsessive-compulsive I was and scored a perfect 100 (but I took the test again just to make sure). I told this story to a young medical student I know and he said, “I knew you had OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) the first time I saw your garage.” Guilty as charged—all of the tools in my garage hang in their proper spot on the pegboard (all 192 square feet of it) and my bikes have to be sparkling clean before I can hang them back up after a ride.

I ride year-round in all weather conditions and have actually come to enjoy riding in the mud on my Surly Necromancer Pugsley. However, I can’t stand to have a dirty bike in my garage. When I get home after a ride I usually wipe the bike off with a Grease Monkey Wipe to remove dust and road grime. If the bike is really dirty I use a Veloshine Bike Wipe—a large, heavy-duty cleaning cloth that quickly takes mud and sand off a bike and leaves it with a decent shine.

A few months ago one of the mechanics at the local bike shop showed me a can of Sunlite Bicycle Pro Polish and told me the shop uses it to clean up bikes after a tune-up. I bought a can of this spray and it does a fantastic job of brightening up a bike! All you have to do is hold the can about 5 inches away from the bike and spray on a light coat of the polish—then just let it foam up for about a minute and wipe it off with a clean cloth. The polish leaves a slick film that helps prevent dirt build-up on frame and is safe for metal, carbon fiber, plastic, rubber, and vinyl. However, you need to keep it away from the rotor on your disc brakes.

Even though the Sunlite Bicycle Pro Polish is a great product, you still need to give your bike a nice coat of paste wax at least once a year (unless you like the grunge look).

Sunlite Bicycle Pro Polish retails for around $6.00 and is available at most bike shops. If your local bike does not have the item in stock you can ask them to order it for you from J & B Importers (part # 62028).

 
 

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9 responses to “Sunlite Pro-Polish Bicycle Cleaner And Protectant

  1. Cherry

    April 9, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Do you have any recommendations on products that would clean the black lubricant stains off my bar tape? It used to be red!!! 😦

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      April 9, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      I like “Goo Gone” for removing sticky items like decals and tape residue. It is cheap and available at Target, Walmart and most drug stores.

       
  2. aa

    April 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    This really is good stuff 🙂

     
  3. Season Books

    April 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Dear All Season Cyclist,

    Your writings are an inspiration to me. I am 45 years old and am young at cycling. I do 40 Km everyday and would like to be an all seasons spinner. I look towards reading more of your sharing.

    Thanks

    Abraham
    Calicut, Kerala, INDIA

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      April 9, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Glad you are able to make it out every day — I imagine you have to deal with a lot more heat and humidity than I ever will!

       
  4. rongarofalo

    April 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    This post gave me the inspiration to give my bike a full wash. Thanks
    Nothing like a full wash,grease and new par tape.

     
    • All Seasons Cyclist

      April 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Nothing like going out for a ride on a clean bike! A bike wash also is a great time to check the tires and all moving parts — saves a lot of money in the long run!

       
  5. rogersst

    April 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Good to know!

     

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