Looking after your carbon road bike
Got a carbon road bike and using it during the winter months? Follow our six step guide to safeguarding your frame from the elements
- The most important thing to do when owning a carbon road bike is to keep it clean! UK winters are not ideally suited to carbon road bikes (many people choose to use a cheaper alloy framed bike during these times). However if you are using a carbon bike in winter please take extra care with your cleaning; make sure to remove any salt residue, keep your bike serviced and use the proper lubes, cleaners and protective sprays. Do this preferably after every ride
- Only use carbon fibre friendly grease and oils eg all Finish Line oils are carbon friendly. The epoxy which bonds the fibres together is broken down by certain oils, making the frame weak so take care when choosing oils. Carbon specific grease also contains micro particles which prevent carbon components from slipping.
- Protect your frame using a protective spray such as Muc-Off Bike Spray.
- WD40 or similar penetrating spray oil can potentially destroy your carbon frame, do not use it, it is not a lubricant.
- Use a proper chain oil/wax. This will prolong drive-train use as well as offering proper lubrication and protection.
- Make sure your bike is serviced regularly. If you are intending using your bike over long and regular distances then we would advise that you acquire a basic level of mechanic skills. The Park Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair is a useful book to read or check online for local courses.
Merlin Cycles sell many tools, cleaning products, lubes and accessories that are vital in maintaining your bike. Details can be found on our website or in store. We’re always available to answer questions during opening times via firstname.lastname@example.org or 01772 432431 or call into the shop.