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I just use WD40 and shop towels, if you cut thin (about 1") strips of old tea towels etc. soak them with WD40 then you can wrap them once around a spoke and use a back and forth sawing motion to clean spokes pretty quickly. Think starting a fire with a stick and bow. If you stay on top of them before they get to grungy usually just a wipe down with WD40 will keep them clean. I stay away from chain waxes now as well, it's a b!tch to clean off. The ScottOil that I use on the chains still flings a bit but it cleans off way easier than the chain wax.
 

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Get a Mother's mini ball at Wallyworld. I use that and Turtle Wax chrome polish and rust remover. Pappie
 

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Finally Riding Again!
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I don't even bother with the spokes themselves. Man what a pain in the backside that is! I just clean the rim chrome and call it good. ;)
 

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Cleaning? What is that? I live at the end of 1/2 mile of gravel/dirt road. I would have to wash the bike every time I rode it.
 

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clean them real good with some soap and water then use mequirs detailers wax in the spray bottle.It will repel dirt and keep it from sticking to the spokes.wd-40 is good but if you dont wipe it off it picks up brake dust like a magnet! clean them often and it only take a few minutes.i just waxed my whole bike in about 15 minutes!
 

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I use only a spokes brush I got on sale from Fred Meyer (Pacific Northwest Kroger's chain), and only once or twice a year. But nothing which would leave residue as that would make cleaning more difficult the next time. On my chain bikes I remember well how stuff stuck to chain lube thrown onto spokes - what a pain!
 
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