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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-28-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Tires?

Is there a recommendation on what to use, if anything, to clean the tires? I put new Metzler 880's on last season and they are getting a little grimy from road spray.

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Hot water in a bucket with a little simple green or liquid dish detergent, and a scrub brush.

Stay away from any foam cleaners that make the side walls shiny. They also make the tires slippery.

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Hot water in a bucket with a little simple green or liquid dish detergent, and a scrub brush.

Stay away from any foam cleaners that make the side walls shiny. They also make the tires slippery.
Thanks, I did try Simple Green last time I washed the bike, but only with a sponge. It didn't seem to work that well, I dig out the scrub brush on the next wash.

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The dollar store near my home sells tire and mag wheel cleaner for $1 :-)
Works good and the rubber is black again.

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Dawn makes sense since it cuts grease and stuff.

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After a good cleaning I use the armorall protectent wipes just on the sidewalls and make sure not to get it on the tread.

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After a good cleaning I use the armorall protectent wipes just on the sidewalls and make sure not to get it on the tread.
In my opinion, 303 Protectant, used as a marine protectant, is a better choice for dressing rubber and vinyl (i.e., the OEM seat). It is not as greasy as AmorAll and does not make the seat as slippery (ArmorAll is like grease!). 303 Protectant also last a lot longer longer, UV blocker and does not wash off as easily. Also, 303 Protectant claims not to cause cracking and delamination as users of ArmorAll have claimed (but not yet scientifically proven).

Again, I state that is my opinion only.


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Simple green and a scrub brush is what I use. IMO I feel it is best to just not use any tire shine product of any kind. I just don't want to take a chance.


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Never thought of the 303 protectent Cglennon. I'll have to try it.

Dawgsfan I know what you mean but if just applying it to the sidwalls with a rag and not to the tread there is no danger, plus it protects from weather cracking before the tire is used up.

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Never thought of the 303 protectent Cglennon. I'll have to try it.

Dawgsfan I know what you mean but if just applying it to the sidwalls with a rag and not to the tread there is no danger, plus it protects from weather cracking before the tire is used up.
Point taken. But I doubt they will crack to the point of replacement before I use them up since this is my daily ride. I'll average around 10k-15k miles a years.


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