Do you miss the days when your bike had that high-gloss showroom shine? Or are you tired of constantly having to stop in between rides to oil your chains because the buildup of filth won’t let them spin? Or maybe you’re just Finicky Finn and you can’t stand any dollop of grime on your bike after a good ride. Then what you need is an excellent bike cleaning spray. Dousing with water may seem like a no-brainer but sometimes (or all times, if you’re pretty adventurous with your biking routes), your bike accumulates a whole lot of filth that water just can’t deal with.
But just how do you choose a good product from the myriad of bike cleaning products on the market? To save you from falling prey to products that are only as good as water, we have compiled an ultimate list of the best bike cleaning spray that will leave your outdoor buddy looking as good as new.
The Best Bike Cleaning Spray
Our top pick for the best bike cleaning spray has to be Finish Line’s 1-Step Bicycle Cleaner and Lubricant because what’s not to love? It’s not every day that you find a bike cleaner that can work as lubricate and bike degreaser at the same time- because one task is water-based and the other is not. But this product is a real game changer as it works as both a filth flusher and a low-friction lubricant in one step!
If you’re new to the world of cycling and the inevitable maintenance that comes with it, then this product will save you some major headache. If you’re already getting that headache from working with regular bicycle chain lubes, scrubbers and a bike cleaning kit, then heads up, freedom is here. Keep in mind, though, that if your bike chains have already been through some rough conditions and is pretty jammed with filth, you may need to help 1-Step with a rag. On clean or medium dirty chains, however, 1-step works pure magic (good for you if you’re mostly a concrete/road biker).
One-step cleaning and lubricating
Maximum rust protection
Comes in both drip and aerosol
Reduces pedaling friction on long rides, up to more than 100 miles
- BrandFinish Line
- Weight1 pound
Most ‘green’ products often leave you wondering whether they meant green as in environment-friendly or green as in new to the job, but Simple Green Cleaner cleans like a pro and leaves the environment safe while at it. Apart from being biodegradable, the foaming cleaner is very gentle on painted or plastic parts but super tough on grease and grime. You may get turned off by the public bathroom air freshener smell that Simple Green decided was perfect for their product, but we think you’d like its cleaning so much that you’d cut them some slack for the bad choice of fragrance.
Simple Green’s foaming formula also saves you the hassle of having to contort yourself into funny shapes to reach some tricky parts of your bike. The foam clings well to vertical surfaces and does easy, quick degreasing – plus you don’t have to get your hands dirty if you don’t want to.
Eco-friendly, biodegradable material
Gentle on vital bike parts
No caustic fumes
Non-corrosive and non-flammable
- BrandSimple Green
- Weight2 pounds
If you’d rather be an outdoors guy and spend as little time as possible cleaning up, then White Lightning Clean Streak Bicycle Degreaser is the perfect bike wash for you. It does everything and all you have to do to help is press the spray trigger, and then provide old newspapers or rags to catch the dissolving filth.
The selling point with Clean Streak is that it cleans off grime and dries off in seconds, with no residue. So you get easy, no-touch cleaning and you definitely do not need to do any hosing down. If that’s not easy, we don’t know what is.
One time, no-scrub cleaner
Fast action and thorough evaporation without residue
360-degree swivel precision applicator
No water rinsing required
- BrandWhite Lightning
- Weight13.6 ounces
White Lightning makes it to our list again, this time with a different bike cleaning product whose name may be a little cheesy, but it does do what it says. If you ride frequently, then you know that cleaning every day can be a pain-in-the-you-know-what, but White Lightning Wash and Shine makes it less of a chore. This product comes with a carnauba wax that leaves a glossy shine after every clean, and that means it’s pretty great on paint and decals too. It’s also 100 percent biodegradable, so your clean bike does not imply a dirty planet. You will find more useful products like this by checking out our guide to the best bike repair stands.
Efficient maintenance cleaner
Biodegradable, solvent-free ingredients
Includes carnauba wax for a shiny finish
Safe for use on all bike parts
- BrandWhite Lightning
- Weight1.8 pounds
The WD-40 sounds like a sophisticated weapon, and it might as well be. It deep cleans dirt and built-up grime from bike drivetrains and wipes away with no rinse required. WD-40 Bike Chain Cleaner and Degreaser comes in an aerosol can with a powerful sprayer that gets the foaming formula over all the hard-to-reach parts of your bike. It does not contain citrus so you won’t be damaging bike finish if you spray some of this product on, but it really was designed to work its magic on the bike drivetrain.
This genius stuff comes with a spray straw that you can attach to the highly pressurized can to get some pretty precise cleaning done. Just be sure to do the job in a well-ventilated area as WD-40 indicates that the chain cleaner contains some chemicals that may be dangerous to your health. You may also like some of the best bike phone mounts, so be sure to check them out.
Thick, biodegradable, non-citrus based formula
Clean, quick foaming action
No rinsing required
Safe for all bike finishes and components
- Weight12 ounces
Pedro’s Bike Lust Polish is a badass cleaner, degreaser and polish all in one, and it works well on both carbon and metal bike parts. The best thing about this product is that it makes future cleaning even less of a chore – it’s like cleaning in advance. After degreasing, it leaves a waxy coat that, to an extent, wicks away mud and dirt and still leaves your bike with that sleek gloss finish.
So if you like your shred sled all shiny but can’t be bothered to polish it, look no further. Pedro’s Bike Lust Polish will literally make your bike the shiniest on the block (unless your neighbor Joe is in on the Bike Lust magic too). For more great bike gear, check out our top picks of the best bike lights.
Frequent usage helps build a protective film that makes future cleaning easier
Can be used on bike tires to repel mud
Comes in a handy spray bottle
Silicone biodegradable formula that dries after application
- Weight1 pound
Simple Green makes it back on our list with another product that does an even tougher job on stains than the first one we mentioned. And that’s because this one also doubles as a degreaser!
If you don’t like two-step cleaning or having to disassemble the bike drivetrain before you clean, then Simple Green Bike Cleaner and Degreaser is perfect for you. It works as a derailleur and is pretty gentle on carbon parts too. Plus, it’s biodegradable and non-toxic and all that stuff that is good for the environment, so everybody wins.
Non-flammable, non-corrosive, biodegradable formula
Works as cleaner and degreaser
Safe for metals, plastic, painted surfaces and skin
Foaming action spray gets the muck off vertical surfaces
- BrandSimple Green
- Weight1.6 pounds
This magical substance comes in an aerosol can that sprays a sparkling, non-sticky protective layer that is absolutely safe for all bike parts – carbon fiber, chains, metal parts, and paintwork. Muc Off wicks away excess moisture- and this will come in pretty handy when you need to apply lube after washing quickly. Just for fun, you can decide to whisper ‘Muc Off’ under your breath as you clean. With this product, the grime will definitely obey. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best cycling gloves for more amazing products for cyclists.
High-performance spray formula leaves a dry, protective film
Prevents dirt adhesion after frequent use
Maintenance bike spray
Fights excess moisture and corrosion
- BrandMuc Off
- Weight1.03 pounds
Pedro Products really do pack up the gunk – and that’s why we have yet another on our top 10 list. Pedro’s Green Fizz Active Foam Cleaner literary works like a Spray ‘n Wipe commercial. If your bike is unbelievably filthy, get some Green Fizz sprays on. You’ll notice the foaming formula stays on for a few minutes, and the gunk comes off completely.
With this product, you don’t have to bust out a hose if you don’t want to, so it’s a handy option when you need a convenient clean. It cleans without residue, but you’ll get an even glossier shine if you wipe down with a damp cloth or after you have hosed your bike down with water. Basically, Green Fizz is perfect for you if you don’t let your bike get terribly dirty before you clean. The foaming action means you’d use a lot less for a lot more cleaning, so a bottle of this product would last a long time, which is just as well because it would cost you a pretty penny. It’s also a perfect gift for cyclists.
Solvent-free, biodegradable formula
Fast foaming formula gives easy clean
Can be used with or without water
Can be used on the whole bike without risk of damaging any critical parts
- Weight1 pound
SpinPower Foaming Bike Wash
The last bike wash on our list is in no way the least. SpinPower bought in on the ‘Save The Planet’ campaign and so they also produce green (but not literally), environment-friendly products. But that’s not the attraction here – SpinPower Foaming Bike Wash gets grease and grime off super quickly, and it smells great too.
With this product, you’ll be keeping your bike parts and finish totally safe. It is non-corrosive and non-toxic, so if you like to get your hands dirty, it’s perfectly fine to.
Safely clean dirt and mud off bikes and more- including ATVs, motorcrosses, and boats.
Biodegradable, non-toxic, solvent-free formula
Safe to use on all bike components
Will not damage bike finish.
- Weight13 ounces
Bike Cleaning Spray Buying Guide
This section is a walk-through of how we picked our top 10 products on the list above, and what you should look out for when you're out searching for bike cleaner that is best suited for your needs.
How We Chose Our Selection Of The Best Bike Cleaning Sprays
Brand - Our selection was handpicked from renowned brands in the bike cleaning products game. We made sure to select, from the broad range of products we were presented with, brands that have been around and earned customer trust by consistently manufacturing only the best of the best.
Price - The products in our selection are the most reasonably priced for the cleaning value that they offer. Nobody wants to spend bang bucks on cleaning products that don't do more than a water hosing does. In most cases, the prices vary slightly depending on the brand of your preferred product, but all products are budget-friendly for all potential users.
Reviews - The best feedback for product reliability is customer satisfaction. We did not depend on our opinions alone to select these products. So, many user reviews were analyzed from different sources to provide accurate, objective feedback on each product.