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 (fourteen years ago) link
oh yeah, the cleaned bike is something to behold. but it's a journey.
― cutty, Thursday, 22 November 2007 12:22 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
also: chain needs a major lube.
so much rain!
― Steve Shasta, Thursday, 31 January 2008 21:23 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (thirteen years ago) link
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 (thirteen years ago) link
a clean bike is truly something to behold
― cutty, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 14:57 (thirteen years ago) link
GUH I have to clean the other one now. And start riding it before the 5 Boro.
― Laurel, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 15:04 (thirteen years ago) link
the dirt is what's holding my bike together
― Hunt3r, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link
run your finger under the bottom bracket and tell me what you discover
― cutty, Tuesday, 8 April 2008 17:22 (thirteen years ago) link
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.jpgpurple 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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
Step 1: MTB in the mud, bike gets dirtyStep 2: Clean bike with Muc-off and jetwash or hose.Step 3: Admire clean bikeStep 4: Go to bedStep 5: Look at bike the next day, "omgwtf it's still covered in mud"
― England's banh mi army (ledge), Monday, 16 May 2011 08:53 (ten years ago) link