How often do you guys wash your bikes? Do you use only water or also soap? Any particular attention on gear, chain, fork and hydraulic brakes?
Simple answer, when it's dirty .
Seriously though, I just bought some of the Pedro's Bike Wash and a soft wash brush. That takes care of most of the bike, for the chain I have a Finish Line Chain cleaning tool, and some Finish Line degreaser. Wash, rinse, repeat as needed. How often depends on you, some people wash their bike down after every ride, others almost never wash their bike. I tend to do it when things start to look crust around the chain, cassette, and jockey wheels. However, I do clean my fork stanchions and apply chain lube before every ride.
"They say cars run on money and make you fat, while bikes run on fat and save you money."
Not yet. I wipe it off with a cloth when it's dry.
After a ride when it look's like this.....
Normally I just use my garden hose with a power full nozzle to remove all mud and dust (So it don't scratch paint) wipe with wash towel dry it.
For chain and cassette I use a brush.
Once in awhile I use dish soap but since I wash after every ride just water.
I'm going to pick up some good Car Glaze and do the paint this week.
It has all way's helped with my car's and motorcycle's paint mud don't stick as well.
2012 Stump Jumper Comp 29'er H.T.
1997 Rock Hopper / Manitou TI Bulge Fork / Shimano STX-3 x 7 P.O.S.
Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum
I wash my bike after any ride that got my bike muddy. If it is a tiny bit dirty, I either leave it or wipe off the dirt.
When I do wash it I apply a name brand spray soap and then thoroughly rinse with a garden hose. I then wipe it down with a clean towel.
Big Wheels Keep On Rolling
I VERY RARELY "wash" my bike. It's good to rinse your bike after a wet/muddy ride, especially if you're on sandy trails (DON'T USE HIGH PRESSURE AROUND YOUR SEALS OR BOTTOM BRACKET!!).
That being said, I think that it is very important to keep your drivetrain/chain clean. I clean my chain before every ride.
When you wash your bike, be sure you're properly lubing everything after you've washed all the good lube away with the bad dirt and mud.
I clean my bikes about every third or fourth ride. First I add some Stan's to the tires if needed, because I always seem to make a hella'mess with Stan's. Then spray with dilute SimpleGreen in a spray bottle; wash with soft brush or a towel and EZ (easy easy easy) spray hose; more cleaning on drivetrain with as toothbrush, SimpleGreen and water; then dry off and re-lube chain with TriFlow or Finish Line. Then dry off with a towel and quick-check torques. Best reason for cleaning is to look closely for any damage, but I confess I just dig working on my bikes.
I got the guns so I keep the Pesos - Roger Kline
My LBS just started carrying this stuff:
Welcome to Wicked Wash - High Performance Bike Cleaner
I'm going to get me some and try it out.
Transition Bandit 29
Surly Necro Pugs w/ Lefty PBR
Surly Big Dummy
When it's really dirty and I got the time I was it. About once a month..
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