Cleaning your bike before every ride?

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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby wgc138 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:19 pm

Commuting bike, no.
Road bike, maybe depends on timing but I try to clean it after each ride when they're dirty enough with inspection/minor maintenance.
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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby kx315 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:36 pm

OCD.....wipe down after every ride for my drop bar carbon roadie........the flat bar commuter every month or so.
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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby __PG__ » Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:27 am

I put a zinc-plated Connex chain on my commuter back in Autumn. It hasn't needed re-lubing once this winter. Highly recommended.

I tend to completely strip and clean my bikes 1-2 times a year. Other than that I just lube the chains. Although I have developed a silly habit of cleaning the tire sidewalls, makes the Michelin/Continental logos look nicer.

I regularly ride in the rain so it gets a bit silly trying to maintain a pristine looking bike.
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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby RonK » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:28 pm

casual_cyclist wrote:
RonK wrote:No self-respecting cyclist would ever dream of being seen in public without spending at least a couple of hours cleaning and polishing the bike before a ride.

I bought my bike in 2009 and I have never cleaned it. I have also never had it serviced (aka, paid someone to clean it). It's a commuter bike. It will get dirty. It gets washed if it rains on the way home. If I remember, I lube the chain.

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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby zill » Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:55 pm

__PG__ wrote:I put a zinc-plated Connex chain on my commuter back in Autumn. It hasn't needed re-lubing once this winter. Highly recommended.



Where do you buy this chain?
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Re: Cleaning your bike before every ride?

Postby clackers » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:06 pm

My road bike gets a lot of love and gets frequent baby wiping.

My commuter soldiers on through crappy weather and instead gets a lot of respect for my frequent neglect.
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