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    Bikes so clean you'd think they were never ridden...

    I don't clean my bikes, at least not to a polished shine for pictures. I'll clean and lube the important stuff when it needs it. Who on here cleans their bikes regularly? Better yet, who actually rides their bikes to get them dirty?

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    I clean my bikes pretty thoroughly when I do an overhaul - fork service, frame pivot lube, brake bleeding. Once a year, or so.. I would take an opportunity to wash and wipe down everything.

    Otherwise I would just clean and lube stanchions, shock and also lube/clean chain - few squirts of Rock-n-roll and shop towel does the trick.

    Rest falls off on its own.

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    I do maintenance, but I don't ride when its muddy. I would think that the guys that ride in the mud have to wash them down once in awhile.

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    I get my bikes dirty, heck my new Ti bike already has a scratch, and they are all currently ridden regularly (several times a month, some more than once a week). I have sold off, or lent out the ones that collected dust.

    That does not mean that I do minimum maintenance. They usually get a wash and clean a couple times a season. Yearly they get a deep maintenance before they get moth-balled for the winter, usually involving a "mirror finish" cleaning. I love to look at my bikes a lot, and seeing them put away dirty and neglected for a long period of time makes me sad. Think of a jeep that is waxed and maintained with some scars, dents, and scratches. Both used and deeply loved.
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    my mtb looks a mess right now, actually. I was doing a little work on it and figured I'd give it some TLC and get the bulk of it. it's fine red dust and it's nearly impossible to get off without physically wiping. the air compressor could get some off, but not all of it. I cleaned off the important moving bits, but will have to wait to get that junk off until the offseason when I'm ready to do a teardown to do some real maintenance. I'm due for new pivot bearings this year and I'll also be checking the BB and hub bearings while I'm at it. seems like a good opportunity for a super thorough cleaning.

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    Cleaned and always ready to go.
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    I'm OCD about my bike being clean. Wait... why is this in OT?
    Yip yip yip nope nope nope

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    Depends, drivetrain & stanchions get cleaned after every ride, I've gotten into the habit of cleaning them before loading the bike back in my truck. It also doubles as a quick bike check to see if anything else broke or needs work.

    I just don't wash it often, and never ride in the rain/mud. If you ride trails that are bumpy enough, a lot of that crap falls right off.

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    It's kind of a stab at those posers who have those super expensive bikes that are always spotless and leaning up against their garage or house that's why it's in OT, Hutch.

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    I clean my bikes, It is the best way to keep an eye on everything.

    Don't want to do a trip out of town & then find something you could have seen back home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    It's kind of a stab at those posers who have those super expensive bikes that are always spotless and leaning up against their garage or house that's why it's in OT, Hutch.

    Oh ho ho ho, lolololo lololo lololo

    Yip yip yip nope nope nope

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    Oh Hutch, why can I never rep you when I want to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Oh Hutch, why can I never rep you when I want to?
    Same thing over here.
    Yip yip yip nope nope nope

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    First world problems

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    I clean it once every 4-5 rides which is about once a week.
    White bikes look horrible when dirty

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    First world problems
    Yea it should be 12 or 20 a day not 10

    Edit: On a serious note it's good to keep a clean bike for me cause if something goes wrong it's easier to find what's going wrong sense everything is clean and not full of muck. For the people out west I could see the dust not being a problem but for sand, mud, rain all the time, you should clean it to keep everything running smoothly.
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    Yip yip yip nope nope nope

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    Cleaning your bike instead of going riding isn't what I would do. Cleaning my bike after a hellayu ride to be ready for the night ride is what I like
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    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    i been guilty of spraying with the hose....but just a gentle spray, ya know

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    if i have any water in the camelback when im done, i soak my chain rag and wipe excess mud from around the important bits... otherwise fvck it.

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    With winter night riding here it is almost impossible to follow "cleanliness is next to Godliness". Many times I have had to knock off the junk with low-pressure water and re-lube, without an OCD cleaning. Summer is easier. I am pretty OCD about my son's race dirt bikes. If I did that with our MTB's I would not ride much.

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    i knock off enough dirt to keep the bike from getting me or my car too dirty. beyond that, meh.

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    My new El Guapo is so tight I can't bring myself to put it in the dirt.

    I get to the trail head, adorn my cool guy shades, and give everyone riding by the "sup" head nod as they go by blinded by the bling!

    In truth I have been just riding the derned thang and putting it away filthy which is the complete opposite of my BMX days. About every other day myself and one or two buds would do complete tear downs, even to the point of drifting out the bearing cups.

    I have grown soft with age

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    I clean my bike after every 1-3 rides depending on how dirty it gets. I hose it down and have an air compressor so washing, drying, and lubing takes no more than 10 minutes. My bike looks like the first day I bought it after every wash.

    I spent around $3500 on my bike, I don't see why I should leave it "dirty" just so I can show people how hardcore of a "mountain biker" I am.

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    Mine are rarely cleaned. Waste of time. It gets filthy again next ride. Lube the chain every few rides. Basic cleaning every few weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Mine are rarely cleaned. Waste of time. It gets filthy again next ride. Lube the chain every few rides. Basic cleaning every few weeks.
    I have the same mentality about wiping my butt hole after poops.

    I wash my bike fairly regularly, after about 2-3 rides I guess. I clean the drive train and front fork between each ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Goes Boing View Post
    I clean my bike after every 1-3 rides depending on how dirty it gets. I hose it down and have an air compressor so washing, drying, and lubing takes no more than 10 minutes. My bike looks like the first day I bought it after every wash.

    I spent around $3500 on my bike, I don't see why I should leave it "dirty" just so I can show people how hardcore of a "mountain biker" I am.
    Agree 100%.

    Mine gets the full polish aswell. But i am OCD my car gets cleaned 2-3 times a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    Mine are rarely cleaned. Waste of time. It gets filthy again next ride. Lube the chain every few rides. Basic cleaning every few weeks.
    I have that same mentality when it comes to brushing my teeth. It's going to get dirty from eating anyways, so I don't ever brush my teeth.

    FYI It's really bad for the chain/drive train when you apply lube without cleaning it first.

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    I have a lot of bikes. I'll ride one for about 4 to
    6 weeks. After that I clean, lube, and hang it up,
    get a different one to ride. About once a week I'll
    clean and lube the drivetrain on the one I'm riding.

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    Clean is very subjective... I like mine to be nice to the eye.

    Edit : A clean bike also performs better over time
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    I usually take a rag, get it damp, and wipe the bike down after a ride. I don't go over it with a microscope but it helps me notice if anything is loose or broke. Wipe down, lube the chain, and put er up in the garage until the next ride. Every 6 months or so I'll tear the bike down and give it a thorough look over and clean..

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    I ride 3 to 6 times a week depending on weather. I clean them once a week. I enjoy riding a clean bike but have no issues in destroying them.
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    I almost never clean my bikes, including the white one. If it's really muddy, I'll leave it outside to let the mud dry, so I can flick off the mud before bringing it inside. But most places I ride aren't very muddy. Otherwise, will clean it up just enough to perform maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    Yea it should be 12 or 20 a day not 10 <snip>
    Edit: On a serious note it's good to keep a clean bike for me cause if something goes wrong it's easier to find what's going wrong sense everything is clean and not full of muck. For the people out west I could see the dust not being a problem but for sand, mud, rain all the time, you should clean it to keep everything running smoothly.
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    I put 2 coats of Meguiars NXT tech wax (non-cleaner car wax for those who dont know) on the painted surfaces of my bike the day I got it. I just rinsed it off after a muddy ride last weekend for the first time since I bought it and ive still had people tell me my bike is entirely to clean. Sorry, I like to take care of my things. With the wax on it, hardly anything sticks to it. Which is nice considering all the fine red clay dust I regularly ride in.
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    Good job!

    here are some little known facts about very expensive bikes

    Expensive bikes are very fast

    Being on such a fast bike means youre often outrunning the dirt.. the dirt simply doesnt have time to even touch the bike.

    Bike manufacturers have realized that although you may be very fast and can outrun most dirt, some dirt will eventually make its way onto the bike.

    To resist the dirt from sticking to the bike, most big bike manufacturers have used a product in their paint which was partially developed by ConAgra Foods (Pam).

    So, its not necessarily that people spend inordinate amounts of time cleaning their bikes, or that they simply never ride their bikes. Its the new developed technology.

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    In the not too far removed days of yore, I would take pride in dutifully cleansing my bike the day before a race. Showing up at the line with a shiny ride was a point of pride, at least for me.

    Nowadays, I show up at races with a clean, operable drivetrain, good disc pads, and tightened bolts. It screams' I actually ride my bike.' However, I have not found it to make me that much speedier against the EPO heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    In the not too far removed days of yore, I would take pride in dutifully cleansing my bike the day before a race. Showing up at the line with a shiny ride was a point of pride, at least for me.

    Nowadays, I show up at races with a clean, operable drivetrain, good disc pads, and tightened bolts. It screams' I actually ride my bike.' However, I have not found it to make me that much speedier against the EPO heads.
    When you get to the startup line with a nice, almost new, looking bike, they're all like "gezz, that guy have a bike dedicated only for the race ? He have to be a very good racer."
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    i pretty much ride in a sandbox down here so not a hell of a lot of mud. other than my cranks being scuffed and my tires worn my bike isnt really dirty.

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    No cleaning for me. Just riding and abuse with a little lube on the chain sometimes (single speed). Now if I have to take it apart some day, I'll do some minimal cleaning I guess. I don't wash or wax cars either; I have a 10 year old unwashed and never waxed Subaru and the paint is still perfect.

    Perhaps dirt provides some UV protection?

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    I only clean mine maybe once a year or if I'm really bored. I lube the chain every ride if I remember to.

    Though I admit that when it was new it got a few OCD deep clean sessions. Like SuperSlow35th, I've used the NXT wax before and it works great.

    But now it's usually dirty, and for me that actually helps my peace of mind. I have perfectionist tendencies, so if I go down that cleaning road, it will blow at least half a day and that's no fun. Plus I worry about rinsing mud into a bearing.

    I am in the market for a new full suspension bike, and I will probably OCD it for the first several months, then regain my sanity and let it go.

    I do that with cars too.

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    I hate it when anything I own is dirty. I avoid riding through mud and water. My ride gets dusty after every ride so I dust it off with a swiffer and lube what needs to be lubed as needed.

    On that note, I keep my home immaculate, my truck immacute, and most everything I own immaculate. You could eat dinner off my floors and lick my toilet bowl w/o any worries of getting sick.

    I order my coffee at the coffee shop at a specific temp, will only sit somewhere that is out of direct sunlight, will only park somewhere where I won't get door dings, own a bike with only high end components, and very rarely am I happy with the temperature outside.

    I have THIIIIICK O.C.D. and I love every minute of it. I'm just fine with it which should be evident since I am making fun of myself about it here. I'm married to a girl who is equally clean, too. It's a beautiful life...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudviking View Post
    Cleaned and always ready to go.
    Although, I am OCD.
    Me two, I'm equal anal about my kit. It gets washed as soon as I'm back home.


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    I wash mine every time i ride. I love to get it dirty though. washing it good before i ride just gives me a chance to go over it good and make sure there will be no suprises on the trail.

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    My bikes are ridden a lot and look like their not. Nuff said
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    I ride the crap out of my bike and keep it immaculate. It's just an OCD thing I do. A clean bike just rides better to me!
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    Darn it! I just went for a ride and now my bike's all dusty again!!!
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    I wipe my chain and fork stanchions after every ride.

    Actual cleaning tends to happen only if I'm doing a major revision anyway. I decided to try to do it when I replace the chain. It's easier with the chain off, and I think it's worthwhile to clean my bike at least every now and then.

    I'd forgotten how this bike looks clean.


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    Ironically, this one is often the cleanest - I hose it down after particularly muddy races, and since it's a 'cross bike, that's relatively frequent in the fall. But I even got out a can of pledge this time.
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