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Spray'N'Wipe and a Chux cloth. Start with the saddle and bar tape, work your way down the frame, then do the wheels. Finish with the chain.
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...
I use rags and a small dish of hot water with some car wash in it (only a tiny amount).
For the hard to get at places I use a small soft toothbrush dipped in clean water. The chain and cassette are hit with a spray on degreaser and them followed up with Rock N Roll Gold.
Cleaned a couple of my bikes again today, reaffirming just how good Mr Sheen is for this purpose.
The heavier grease and grime I use alcohol wipes, followed by baby wipes and finished with Mr Sheen and a soft cotton rag. Been washing them this way for 5 or so years, no water or detergent needed.
Have a crack at some Mr Sheen, I only use the alcohol wipes to save on rags and am a bit fussier than you by the sounds. The mighty Surly will thank you for it
A bit fussier? Don't you still own a Cervelo? Of course you're fussy.
Seriously though, thanks, but most of my riding is by salt water and sweat a lot too which manages to rust even "stainless" steel. Either way, it's rusting though the powdercoat in places so I just either bodgy respray or just keep using Lanoguard depending on how lazy I feel. Mr Sheen probably would be overkill for it. After all, it's over 3 years old now. That's old apparently. Most roadies would be turning over their bling carbon bikes after 3 years.
Besides, what happens if you accidentally get that stuff on discs and pads? Could make your ride "interesting". I can clean the discs with metho without lasting problems.
That's not fussy that's discerning
Don't know about discs but I clean my rims and brakes with it also, dissolves road grime beautifully, and it still brakes fine.
Sounds about right for treadlie lids too, it's a very effective solvent for many plastics.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
London Boy 29/12/2011
OK, thanks. My limited understanding is you can get oil on rims and they still brake OK (I've tried it) but you can't get anything on discs without problems. I could be wrong.
I've got an idea. When you get discs, can you try cleaning them with Mr Sheen and let me know?
Powdercoat is a plastic.
I know Surly's powdercoat isn't that great anyway, so I don't know if I've contributed to the rust or not. Oh well, might have to start polishing my discs with Mr Sheen too.
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One of the best discoveries since having kids. The things clean crap off everything, pardon the pun
tried using carwash on my bike... but when i got a matte frame... it didnt turn out so nice. any recommendations for matte finished frames?
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