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Bike-specific brushes?

Cookie87Cookie87 Posts: 18
edited January 2010 in The workshop
Pointless con to make me part with my cash or good investment?

Took my bike for a service on Friday and chain and cassette needed changing (after 2000 miles of use in all weather with minimal cleaning). Now thinking that sort of cost seems a bit steep if I need a new chain and cassette once a year, so have resolved to keep my bike cleaner. Leading to the question - are bike-specific brushes worth the (fairly small) expense? Or can an old toothbrush and a couple of old cloths do just as effective a job?

If anyone is really impressed with a particular brush set, please say which!

Ridgeback Flight T2 2008


  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    I tend to use degreaser and cloth - I can get a better purchase on the dirt that way. I do use a toothbrush sometimes though.
    FCN 2-4.

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    "It stays down, Daddy."
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,271
    Rags, hot water and baby wipes is all I use.
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    +1 for babywipes! How could I forget?! Don't have those in the house anymore.
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
  • JonS123JonS123 Posts: 171
    for my cassette I just cut a old towel into strips, and run it betwen the cogs and rub to remove the grime
  • mmacavitymmacavity Posts: 781 ... ushes.aspx

    "Why do you need special brushes?
    You don't really but they are shaped to make cleaning the bike much easier."
  • I think ProBikeKit had a set of bike brushes for <£5 recently...
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