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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby RonK » Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:45 pm

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.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:30 pm

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.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:08 pm

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.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:12 pm

Nobody wrote:I just wipe my bike down with a bit of metho on a rag.


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 :)
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby Nobody » Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:19 pm

warthog1 wrote: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.
A bit fussier? :lol: Don't you still own a Cervelo? Of course you're fussy. :P

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". :lol: I can clean the discs with metho without lasting problems.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby Pedaling » Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:03 pm

I was told not to use metho on my motorcycle helmets, as it affects the integrity of the helmet.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:12 pm

Nobody wrote:A bit fussier? :lol: Don't you still own a Cervelo? Of course you're fussy. :P

That's not fussy that's discerning :P

Nobody wrote:Besides, what happens if you accidentally get that stuff on discs and pads? Could make your ride "interesting". :lol: I can clean the discs with metho without lasting problems.

Don't know about discs but I clean my rims and brakes with it also, dissolves road grime beautifully, and it still brakes fine.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:54 pm

Pedaling wrote:I was told not to use metho on my motorcycle helmets, as it affects the integrity of the helmet.

Sounds about right for treadlie lids too, it's a very effective solvent for many plastics.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby KenGS » Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:36 pm

Rainwater and a southwesterly blow dry usually does the job for my bike :oops:
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby Nobody » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:28 pm

warthog1 wrote:Don't know about discs but I clean my rims and brakes with it also, dissolves road grime beautifully, and it still brakes fine.
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? :mrgreen:

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Pedaling wrote:I was told not to use metho on my motorcycle helmets, as it affects the integrity of the helmet.

Sounds about right for treadlie lids too, it's a very effective solvent for many plastics.
Powdercoat is a plastic. :oops:
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. :lol:
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:42 pm

Baby wipes.
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby bychosis » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:16 pm

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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby clackers » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:24 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Baby wipes.


Yep, my bikes get more wipedowns from these than actual washes!
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby singlespeedscott » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:16 pm

clackers wrote:
singlespeedscott wrote:Baby wipes.


Yep, my bikes get more wipedowns from these than actual washes!

One of the best discoveries since having kids. The things clean crap off everything, pardon the pun :lol:
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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby DuncanS » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:46 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:
clackers wrote:
singlespeedscott wrote:Baby wipes.


Yep, my bikes get more wipedowns from these than actual washes!

One of the best discoveries since having kids. The things clean crap off everything, pardon the pun :lol:


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Re: Cleaning your bike, what do you use?

Postby ParkertR » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:16 pm

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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