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I'm a noob to the LT and it's ways. The person I purchased the bike from left the bike outside and the wheels are really nasty. Any suggestions on what cleans them the best?

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Soap, Water & Mr. Clean "magic erasers".
You may want to try brake cleaner first if really nasty, greasy stuff.
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Try WD-40 after a soap & water scrub.

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I have found that Steel Wool makes the job very easy ... and it won't scratch the paint either. I use the finest steel I can find (typically referred to as #0000). I'm telling you, it works like magic. Just dip the steel wool in your soap and water bucket and they'll look like new before you know it.

Some use a little WD-40 with steel wool, as well.
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I would be careful with the steel wool, 0000 is very fine but abrasive at the micron level. And will cause nasty rust spots if you lave any strands behind.

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I wouldn't know... I never clean those... or my bike for that matter.

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They are a pain.

Putting an film of oil on the rims out here, a non-starter with all the dust.

I use brake cleaner, and then soapy water.

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Windex works great and its easy and fast!

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I wouldn't know... I never clean those... or my bike for that matter.
I agree! Cleaning just takes time away from riding. I figure they get a bath everytime I ride in the rain.

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I wouldn't know... I never clean those... or my bike for that matter.
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I agree! Cleaning just takes time away from riding. I figure they get a bath everytime I ride in the rain.
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I'm a noob to the LT and it's ways. The person I purchased the bike from left the bike outside and the wheels are really nasty. Any suggestions on what cleans them the best?

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Wow, nothing but the best for your bike!
Then what, lick off the residue?

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I clean mine at tire changes. I use a degreaser to get tar off then some Mothers.

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Go to your local home improvement store and get a dryer vent brush too. Mine is about 18" long and tapers from nothing to about a 3" diameter. Makes it earier to get to the middle of wheels and between the spokes. Beats a toothbrush or your fingers.

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I found that mineral spirits on a rag workes good then wipe off with clean rag, takes off road grime and looks like new.
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Whatever cleaner you use, keep it away from the wheel bearings. You risk dissolving/washing out the grease. Especially full strength Simply Green or the use of a pressure washer.

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Bike Bright, squirt on , spray off with hose

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I want to do it as easily and quickly as possible.

I use auto wheel cleaner and have seen no damage. Just spray it on and wash it off with the hose. Very little scrubbing.

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I would be careful with the steel wool, 0000 is very fine but abrasive at the micron level. And will cause nasty rust spots if you lave any strands behind.
I appreciate the concern, but it hasn't been an issue for years. I love my steel wool.

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