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With this atrocious weather in Sydney ATM, I was wondering what products people clean their bikes with?
My old bikes I have always cleaned with CT-18 truck wash, then lubricated what I needed to.
My motorcycles, with CT-18 and a dash of metho.
Although I have just bought a carbon bike, and was hoping to get some advice as to what other people use.
I "Mister Sheen" my bikes as it makes cleaning them much easier later. Will "Mister Sheen" affect my carbon frame/components?
"Life is just a ride" Bill Hicks
Muc-Off bike wash. Brilliant stuff. Lightly hose the bike over, spray Muc-Off on, leave for five minutes then hose off. Bike comes up trumps.
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
Car wash or bike wash for the occasional big clean, with chain cleaner and re-lube of chain, cables, dérailleur and brake pivots. In between times it's up on the work stand and baby wipes, with a chain re-lube if needed.
2010 Charge Plug, 2011 Genesis Equilibrium 20, 2012 Felt F75, 2013 Giant TCR Advanced SL
Kitten wash and wax for the bike, hose off dry with Chamois , every 3 months cut and polish. Drivetrain citrus degreaser rinse with hose relube.
2009 Cannondale CAAD9-5,
Single speed GT Avalanche 2.0
Thanks for the replies everyone.
So after a good clean up, what type of lubricant do you use for your drive train, cables and shifters?
I am using rock'n roll gold for my chain, which I am very happy with. I have used Inox for my drive train previously, although it tends to attract a lot of dirt.
Are there any better options?
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I 've been cleaning my drive train with a microfiber cloths and they are all full of grease. How do i was them so I can reuse them again? I dont care about the stains, just want to get all the gunk and grease out.
I'll use microfibres on my frames with car wash (and launder them occasionally). But the drivetrain cloths are throwaways when they get manky.
Leave a piece of alloy in it for 15 minutes and tell us if you still think its good stuff.
Unless you are washing a truck, I don't suggest using truck wash.
All you want to use is car wash, some kero and a brush on the chain and oily bits and you are all good.
Rinse it off well, that DWL is full of salt.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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I used to use rock'n roll blue stuff I think, I'm not sure about the gold, but I gave up with it cause I went through a bottle fairly quickly and I dunno, being able to degrease and lubricate at the same time didn't sit well with me. Now I use a wet lube for my chain for most of the year, I'm currently using a FinishLine bottle, but I did use a bottle of other branded stuff and didn't seem to make much difference to me. The blue RnR stuff didn't seem to last as long as the wet lube either, I was forever applying it compared to the wet lube, but again, I never used the gold stuff so I'm not sure what it's like.
Sheesh... Why are people so beguiled with $$ specialist products? A bucket of warm water, cheap laundry soap & a few different shaped brushes. Rinse off with the hose being mindful of not directly spraying any bearings with full pressure (hint : put your thumb over the end and pretend you're a sprinkler nozzle)
A light spritz afterward around "sensitive" areas with water dispersing WD40 or the like.
I won't go into chain lube. it's a personal, spiritual issue for all of us. Dead horse flogged well beyond the blood & bone stage in this forum and many others. Magic verb: Search.
All manner of half finished projects and a bit of randonneuring
I used to be tech-savvy. Now I'm just tech-weary.
For frames I use a basic cleaning product, hold the WD40 though.
For chains I use an orange-based degreaser, in a similar way to how I used to use petrochemical degreasers. The benefit is that by the end of it the bike (and my hands) smell like oranges, rather than a petrol refinery.
For chains I use "Orange Solv" mixed 1:1 with water (250 mL of each), in a container to seal and shake with the chain and leave for a few minutes, before removing the chain and blasting it with high pressure (preferably hot) water. You can leave the solution to settle and decant ~95% of the good stuff for re-use. I bought a 5L jug of the stuff five years ago and still have about 1.5L left!
Yup - $2 can of citrus degreaser from SupaCheap and a bucket of car wash soap. Dishwashing brush and a roll of chux.
Leaves more money to pay for Profide for the leather saddles.
Ha ha! Cookies on dowels.
I used Citrus degreaser in my chain cleaner, flushed it out with water. When I went to use it the next time it was a melted pile of rubbish.
Anything you put on your bike, you can't hope to wash 100% of it out - some of it is going to make its way into places you can't flush it out.
Keep the citrus for your orange juice.
Really? What citrus degreaser did you use? I'm using Finish Line degreaser and I once forgot to empty the chain cleaner, came back to do the chain the following weekend and nothing had happened to mine. Now I regularly just leave it in there and nothing's melted. I dunno, maybe difference concentrations of something between brands?
Hmm - I buy the FinishLine citrus degreaser in bulk and use it in my ParkTools chain cleaner - never had a problem in the 4 years I've had it (two brush changes from wear & tear though). As well, I've left that degreaser in plastic tubs for weeks and never had an issue.
I reckon you can dilute it 1:10 and it still works brilliantly.
Ha ha! Cookies on dowels.
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