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    Washing your bike, what if any products do you use?

    The pink bike wash stuff, Single Green, Soap and Water or something else?

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    Washing your bike what if any products do you use?

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    i have yet to reach the threshold of dirtiness which would compel me to perform such a task

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    i have yet to reach the threshold of dirtiness which would compel me to perform such a task
    Here is the deal, I had an old Toyota truck. Washed it once every 3 years. Got a new one recently and have already washed it 3 times, brush-less drive through. I'm thinking since I have my new sweet rocky mounts which hold the bike in place in the bed of the truck. I kill two birds with one $5.00 truck wash!

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    Re: Washing your bike, what if any products do you use?

    Turn on hose... pick a low pressure setting, I prefer "gentle shower"... aim hose at bike and apply water liberally.... blow water off with compressed air... wipe frame down with rag soaked in Quick Detailer... Admire your work

    OPTION: If you don't have an air compressor, you can get Eabos's mom to blow the water off for you. She charges about $5 per blow, but she's very thorough.

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    I would typically wash my bike almost every ride when living in PA and mud was the norm. I't now been 1 1/2 years with no washing in AZ. I just take a brush and brush the drive train to remove the dust and use a wet cloth for the rest of the bike and call it done. Usually by the end of my next ride it's all dusty again, so not worth spending much time on making her look all nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helidave View Post
    OPTION: If you don't have an air compressor, you can get Eabos's mom to blow the water off for you. She charges about $5 per blow, but she's very thorough.
    Does she provide a punch card to get the 10th Blow free?

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    Re: Washing your bike, what if any products do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Does she provide a punch card to get the 10th Blow free?
    No punch card, she uses the honor system. But she can't count, so it's easy to fool her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    Does she provide a punch card to get the 10th Blow free?
    Did I hear free blow?

    I just like to wipe my frame and components down with a damp rag after a ride. The dust here wipes off so easy. If I get muddy, I'll just use the garden hose. High pressure = water and dirt getting into bearings, bottom brackets, etc.= Higher maintenance for what is already a high cost sport at the rate that I "need" things.
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    I googled Simple Green and this came up:

    Simple Green Bike Cleaner Degreaser

    Input?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I googled Simple Green and this came up:

    Simple Green Bike Cleaner Degreaser

    Input?
    Fine print states, Will destroy any and all Santa Cruz products. Product not designed to be used on Skate Boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eazy_E View Post
    I googled Simple Green and this came up:

    Simple Green Bike Cleaner Degreaser

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    I use industrial strength Simple Green. Just spray on drive train when the chain spooge begins to bloop off in large chunks. Lightly rinse with non pressurized water hose, reapply new chain lube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    The pink bike wash stuff, Single Green, Soap and Water or something else?
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    Liberal use of compressed air then wipe with damp cloth. If muddy (not very often) hose end nozzle set on gentle shower keeping water away from bearings, etc. It's really easy to keep bikes clean and looking good in AZ. Don't see this too often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    This is why Dog created single speeds.
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    What is this "washing bike" that you speak of?

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    Regular car-soap and water, that's what most bike shops use. They'll throw the cassette and crankset in a parts-washer often, but you can get them pretty clean with just regular soap and water, especially if you have a chain cleaner (use degreaser here though). If that's not enough, then every once and a while take those parts off and throw them in a bucket with degreaser for a few hours. The reason why we used car wash soap was due to it being relatively soft on the bike/parts, not seeping into hubs, bottom bracket bearings, etc. Degreaser isn't great for those parts.
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    Washing your bike, what if any products do you use?

    I rarely clean my bike save for the drivetrain. For that I use a little brake cleaner on the chain and a chain brush then lube. For the rest of the bike I use armor all or stp tire foam. Tire foam does not make things slick, and it removes grease, dust and heed streaks without being abrasive. The only time my bike sees water is if it rains or I can't bunny hop over it.


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    Car wash soap and water for frame. Brake cleaner for drivetrain while on the bike. If you feel ambitious, when you take drive train off, soak in mineral spirits and brush.
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    Washing your bike, what if any products do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipolopolo View Post
    I use industrial strength Simple Green. Just spray on drive train when the chain spooge begins to bloop off in large chunks. Lightly rinse with non pressurized water hose, reapply new chain lube.

    ^ +1

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    1) put bike in stand
    2) get bucket of warm water with dishwashing soap
    3) put bucket under drivetrain
    4) dip towel in bucket and hold around chain while pedaling
    5) soapy up fork stantions
    6) dry off fork stantions, and chain
    7) relube chain
    8) wipe the hell out of the chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipolopolo View Post
    I use industrial strength Simple Green. Just spray on drive train when the chain spooge begins to bloop off in large chunks. Lightly rinse with non pressurized water hose, reapply new chain lube.
    A negative with doing this is a degreaser strong enough to do this is going to take all the lubrication out of your chain. Just reapplying lube doesn't really get it back into the pins, vs. scrubbing with soap and water to remove excess gunk on the outside and not attacking the oil in the pins as bad. Possibly not going to be a huge difference, but that's one reason it's usually not a great idea to use degreasers often and with the components attached to the bike.
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    I just take a spray bottle with some dish soap (the expensive bio stuff my wife buys) and water in... spray it on, rinse it off w low pressure hose, wipe down, blow with air, relube... That only after every 3 rides or so. I always wipe dust off fork/shock stanchions every ride tho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helidave View Post
    No punch card, she uses the honor system. But she can't count, so it's easy to fool her.
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