CLEANING YOUR BIKE: FUN OR FORGET ABOUT IT?

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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 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...

so dirty.

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

two months pass...

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

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 (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 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 (ten years ago) link


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