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