CLEANING YOUR BIKE: FUN OR FORGET ABOUT IT?

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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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