Wondering if you can use WD-40 on your bike to fix a squeak or to remove rust from the bike. The simple truth is that WD-40 seems to find use in virtually every aspect of everyday life. And it applies to the maintenance of your bike if you hear a squeak and then immediately reach for the can of WD-40.
And then suddenly not sure about using it on your bike but it worked fine on the door hinges and was great lube the sliding door’s track. Leading to the important question of can I use WD-40 on my bicycle? And is it possible that WD-40 can damage my bike?
In this post, we will go through if I should use WD-40 on my bike for maintenance. Let’s get started!
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Should I Use WD-40 On My Bike?
WD-40 works fairly well as a degreaser. Remember that a degreaser is a chemical product that dissolves water-insoluble substances (such as greases and oils) from hard surfaces such as the floor, machines, and tools.
The main issue of using WD-40 on bikes is that it evaporates quickly. In other words, the lubricant is too light. It is not suitable to use on your bike chain but it ok for rust or fixing a squeak on your bike. You should remember that WD-40 is a water dispersant, not a lubricant.
If you try WD-40 and it doesn’t work out. Wells that’s no surprise, just go get a proper chain lube.
WD-40 can be used on a bike for the following reasons.
- Removing rusted or stuck bolts.
- Cleaning the bike frame.
- Cleaning out the derailleurs.
- Use as a degreaser.
Removing Rust Or Loosening Stuck Bolts
WD-40 can help remove rust and works well for you loosening stuck bolts. Put the WD-40 on the area that is rusted or put it on the stubborn bolt. Wait for up to 10 minutes. And then remove the rust or starting removing the bolt.
Cleaning The Bike Frame
WD-40 is good for cleaning your bike as well as preventing rusting. Put the WD-40 on the surface of your bike frame and let it soak in for a few minutes.
Then, get a small brush and scrub away the loosened grime and grease.
Cleaning Out The Derailleurs
WD-40 is also useful to clean the derailleurs to remove any dirt and tough grime on your bike. Put the WD-40 on the derailleurs and let it soak in for a few minutes. And then clean.
Use As A Degreaser
Degreasers are useful to remove grease, oils, and tough grime on your bike. While you can use a bike-specific degreaser but WD-40 is a good alternative.
Degreasers can leave your bike chain very dry. You need to add lubricant to your chain if you use degreasers on it.
There is An Alternative
There is actually a WD-40 for bikes called ‘WD-40 bike‘ that has come to the market, to address the issue. Here are 4 WD-40 bike products that are available.
- All-Conditions Chain Lube (Spray) – For your bike chain for high-performing lubrication for any dry, wet, or varying conditions.
- Chain Cleaner & Degreaser (Spray) – The foaming action clings to bike surfaces to deeply penetrate and quickly remove stubborn grease and grime from bike chains and the rest of the drivetrain.
- Dry Chain Lube – Polymers in the Dry Lube formula quickly form a dry film to protect your chain. And repel dirt in arid or dusty conditions.
- Wet Chain Lube – Specially formulated for wet, muddy & extreme conditions, the wet lube provides a durable coating that helps repel water and mud and helps protect your chain to extend its life.
There are also tips available on the WD-40 bike website on how to use WD-40 bike on your bike and videos also available.
Finally, regular WD-40 is generally good to remove or prevent rush, and too stubborn screws. It is not good for the bike chain as WD-40 is not a lubricant and is not thick enough to adhere to rapidly moving bike parts for any length of time especially when you add a little bit of road grit and rain.
Remember it is also WD-40 for bikes available that is specific for bikes and addresses the issues of the regular WD-40.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on should I use WD-40 on my bike for maintenance, was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.