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Topic unlocked because there is no currently active thread with this information. Who know what new and wondrous cleaning product has been thrust upon the market since the last of the many threads?
I am curious about your use of a degreaser. Are you referring to the frame here or the chain? If the frame, what material is and what degreaser are you using? Personally I just use a car-wash on my carbon, steel and aluminium frames.
in the past when i've come home with a filthy muddy MTB ive just soaked the whole thing in cheap spray can degreaser but now as my road and MTB's are becoming more and more expensive i've restrained from doing this as i don't want to stuff them up. all of my bikes have been alloy but my two current bikes also have carbon forks. if ican get the grit off them i'll clean them very carefully with prep wash for the tar etc and a car pollish for the frame.
i usually pull the chain and back wheel off and wash the cassete/chain seperateley
i've used car wash recently and that was ok but it wouldn't gat tar off so i had to do it again with prep wash.
Hope I don't get busted for using a brand name but if you go to Reece and get the bath and shower cleaner, it's orange oil, great for all round degreasing, Eucalyptus for oil and tar spots and Earth Choice floor and tile cleaner with warm water for muddy bikes generally. All the above are plant based, biodegradable and cute bunny friendly..And if you don't care about biodegradability and cruelty free stuff you are a tool of the worst kind.
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I hang my bike off the clothes line, hose gently with water, then use a sponge with a little car wash (not dishwash - too harsh). Then rinse, again gently with the hose. Gently because I don't want to get water inside the bearings, and it really doesn't need high pressure. (ok sometimes the mtb does but not often). Then I dry it off with an old towel before putting it away in the shed (bike not towel).
The chain gets it's own wash when it's getting dirty. For that I use a chain cleaner tool & kero, then metho, then re-apply Rock&Roll Red. And don't do that with your bike hanging off the clothesline unless you want a dead patch of grass where the kero drips.
15 Bikes 2 adults 6 children, 2 dogs, 10 chooks and a heck of a lot of fish
I'm surprised that sandblasting or steam cleaning hasn't been mentioned. Every other method of assault has been covered. This is your girlfriend you are washing, not your wife!
Perhaps you are talking about Mountain bikes, Mud bikes, or some other type that has not been cleaned for 10 years. If so, I would not have a clue.
I cant understand anyone using harsh methods. Modern bikes might have "sealed?? bearings", however you wont find the terms "water resistant", or "waterproof " mentioned anywhere, because water does get into them, and applying water, or degreaser etc with any kind of pressure applicator will only assist the entry.
I clean my road bike weekly, every 300km, and do it in comfort using the stand in the photos. There is usually a slight smattering of chain oil, bottle slop, sweat, snot, and my dog tells me, sometimes small traces of road kill on the underside.
With the bike on the stand, minus both wheels, I give it a spray with furniture polish (Mr sheen, or Homebrand for half the price) and then use a clean piece of rag about the size of a handkerchief and wipe it all over until it is dry. The furniture polish readily removes all of the aforementioned filth, and leaves the bike clean and shiny. Wipe hubs, spokes, and rims with another clean rag, but no polish.
The stand makes the job easy; you have two hands free, and no back bending.
You use an air blower???
Forget that none sense
1) Dip rag in metho / turpentine / moonshine to clean everything
2) Apply lube
3) Ride the fsking thing
Sometimes I wonder if there is a secret comp in this thread regarding how difficult can we make the simplest of things
b is for bicycle
I have seen a bike shop using an aircompressor as a cleaning tool.
if you guys are worried about the paint and clearcoat on your bike, a popular product in the car scene is baby wash (johnsons no more tears etc)
Current bike: 2003 Giant TCR2 w/ full 105
Hang it from the clothesline with some looped rope. Clean the chain with degreaser in chain cleaner. Rinse chain and then bike. Drop out the wheels. Inspect tyres, check true. Clean the wheels, cogs and exposed cables with alkaline truck wash and selection of brushes. Rinse well. Clean inside brake pads with brush. Wash frame with car detergent and sponge. Rinse. Wipe dry. Wash hands and have a coffee now that the icky bits are done. Spray silicon polish to frame. Reinstall wheels. Motorbike chain wax onto chain and exposed cables. Exercise all gears and cables, adjusting as necessary. Check chain wear. Check lighting, replacing/recharging batteries as needed. Undo from clothesline. Buff seat and any pads with vinyl care product. Record date, cycle computer odometer, and any parts replaced.
Repeat four times, for each bike in the family. Handily, a rotary clothesline makes a nice four-bike "stand". The verandah railing on the kid's cubby house makes a convenient rack for the wheels.
Don't use turpentine unless you need to remove grease. Metho will work fine (possibly better) on dirt and unlike turpentine isn't hazardous either to your health or any part of your bike.
I use these kitchen/bathroom wipes, cheap at $2 a pack and do a great job. I use them on the roadie and commuter for normal dry riding cleaning.
For when the MTB or others gets dirt caked on I'll give it a light spray with the hose first[Hopefully while its still wet/fresh] Avoiding spraying too much on the sensitive spots. Then just clean it with a rag with warm soapy carwash if there is baked on grime and dirt. Then make sure you lube anything that moves
I store the bikes inside so I try and clean them after every ride, which is pretty easy and quick because in the dry they never have a chance to get very dirty.
i use an air blower to remove grit out of the casette, chain etc and also to remove water and dry the bike. it's easy 'cause it hangs on my stand.
You lot have no clue to how a bike is best washed and to get started grab all the necessary cleaning rags/fluids and place next to the fav bike to be washed. Then waddle of grab a beer and flick the idiot box on while plonking down in the lazy boy throwing the feet up. Give a couple of yells to the misses and tell her things are set-up relax and in no time bike is cleaned and your smiling but don't forget to give a full inspection and nit pick even if the jobs perfect it keeps them on there toes. Give the lass a slap on the butt tell her she's a perfect little doll and ask when is dinner..........................
Loving hubby Ricky
and....then he wakes up and realises it was just a dream.
... and the couch really isn't very comfortable.
That's a true story I did that one day and to my surprise she came out and started washing my bike. My jaw dropped I couldn't believe it worked then as I sat relaxing the sponge and bucket of water was hurled over me with a barrage of language the game was up. Her coming out and washing my bike placed me in a very relaxed mind set so no clue the water was coming.............
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