CLEANING YOUR BIKE: FUN OR FORGET ABOUT IT?

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not fun

cutty, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 18:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

so many crevices

cutty, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 18:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's kind of meditative for me, I think on the whole I like it. I really want a work-stand, tho.

Laurel, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 18:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah i think that would increase the ease of this--i used the trainer to hold the bike up while i cleaned everything else, but cleaning the rear triangle is fricken impossible without a proper work stand.

cutty, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 19:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ive recounted my fite with the tools at one lbs regarding methods of cleaning somewhere in ile. now ive got no excuse, but before it was 'dude i race my bike i barely have time to train im not cleaning my chainstay bridge w a toothbrush.' powerwasher (but w great care). of course ive had teammates and mgr see my rig and go 'thats a disgrace!', too.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 19:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah that was me today with the tootfbrush

cutty, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 20:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I back the toofbrush. And the endless supply of shop rags.

Laurel, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 20:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oy and the rear triangle is the WORST PART.

I think I need to overhaul my pedals; they're pretty and I don't want to replace them outright, but they're loose (side-to-side) and sticky (round and round).

Laurel, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 21:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And the endless supply of shop rags.

old t-shirts

cutty, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 21:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the LBS in my hood actually has a bike "shower" where they will clean your bike when it's tuned.

my bike is a disgrace at the moment, though. all i want for xmas is a stand and tool set

gbx, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 21:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't go through Tshirts as quickly as shop rags. :)

Laurel, Thursday, 22 November 2007 02:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Muc-off and liberal showering with hose. Job (not very well) done. Tyres are a pain, I can never be bothered to rotate them to getthem clean all the way round. Then I wheel my wet and still quite muddy bike back into my bedroom :(

ledge, Thursday, 22 November 2007 10:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The rain yesterday may have loosened older dirt but it will also have coated my bike with a wonderful film of city scum, I'm sure. I've been putting off getting it serviced, too, so I might ride this weekend, then clean, then take to the shop.

I don't enjoy the cleaning much, but it does make me feel smug. And I do like a good bit of smugness.

Mark C, Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, the cleaned bike is something to behold. but it's a journey.

cutty, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I need a can of grease. Apart from online ordering, do I have to go to Bike Habitat to get it?

Laurel, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 05:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

so dirty.

also: chain needs a major lube.

so much rain!

Steve Shasta, Thursday, 31 January 2008 21:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

My bike is filthy right now. I could clean it, but it'll just get filthy again the next day. I'm about to get a new bike anyways, so it's about to move to beater status.

A dirty bike is kind of a badge of honor. It shows that bike is being ridden often and hard.

(a dusty bike sucks)

Super Cub, Thursday, 31 January 2008 23:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I thought I'd spend the winter fine-tuning and overhauling but since we never got real snow I'm just beating my bikes up with freezing drunk rides on bumpy streets. One gets stored outside and they're both pretty sad-looking. u_u

Laurel, Friday, 1 February 2008 14:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

a clean bike is truly something to behold

cutty, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 14:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

GUH I have to clean the other one now. And start riding it before the 5 Boro.

Laurel, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

the dirt is what's holding my bike together

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

run your finger under the bottom bracket and tell me what you discover

cutty, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

spent a very satisfying hour today with the bike in the stand and giving it a top-to-bottom. I even got round to giving it a rubdown with silicon polish at the end, lovely stuff.

Best tool used (which may even replace the toothbrush):
http://www.purpleharry.co.uk/assets/web_images/Floss%20closeup.jpg
purple Harry large bike floss - like a pipe cleaner, with fishing line woven in for a bit of abrasiveness, cleaned out all sorts of crap.

One weird thing I noticed - left side of bike seemed way dirtier than right side - any ideas?

problem chimp (Porkpie), Sunday, 15 May 2011 15:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

BABYWIPES are the secret weapon in my cleaning arsenal. workstand is pretty croosh too; i got a good deal on an elite one that was about 60% off, it's nice and solid.

jackin' for beets (haitch), Monday, 16 May 2011 01:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

this thread reminds me that my commuter is a fukkkkn disgrace atm. should give it a cursory going-over before winter really sets in.

jackin' for beets (haitch), Monday, 16 May 2011 01:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

babywipes = very true, and seeing as we have 1 + one on way, there's never a shortage of them around the house.

problem chimp (Porkpie), Monday, 16 May 2011 07:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Step 1: MTB in the mud, bike gets dirty
Step 2: Clean bike with Muc-off and jetwash or hose.
Step 3: Admire clean bike
Step 4: Go to bed
Step 5: Look at bike the next day, "omgwtf it's still covered in mud"

every time!

England's banh mi army (ledge), Monday, 16 May 2011 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink


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