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Bike washing advice?

post #1 of 15
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Just got my first nice bike and it needs a bath. Any advice? Thanks...

post #2 of 15

best practice is to let it dry and then brush any dirt off with a brush, then use a spray bottle to get fully clean. I will lightly hose off my bike from time to time if it is really, really muddy- then air dry, brush off and use simple green.

post #3 of 15

Not sure if this topic has ever had its own thread before but seems like a great discussion topic. 

 

Bike detaining do's and don'ts.

post #4 of 15

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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post

best practice is to let it dry and then brush any dirt off with a brush, then use a spray bottle to get fully clean. I will lightly hose off my bike from time to time if it is really, really muddy- then air dry, brush off and use simple green.

What kind of brush?

post #6 of 15

You can buy special brushes from Park Tools or Pedros, but really just a brush that you would use washing dishes will work just as well for 1/4 the price (and dish soap makes a perfect degreaser for way cheap also).

post #7 of 15

I generally use a bucket, a sponge, dish soap and a dish brush. This is your chance to go over the bike with a fine toothed comb and look for anything that needs attention.

post #8 of 15

I'll also use a bottle brush to get into the harder places that a regular brush can't reach. I use the dishwashing liquid to clean the frame, but I find that Simple Green works really well for cleaning the drive train components. Also works well for cleaning the chain with a Park Tool chain cleaner. And if you don't have an air compressor, I find that a regular leaf blower does a good job of drying off the hard to reach places, like the rear cassette.

post #9 of 15
I ride a ton of mud, so I use a power washer.
post #10 of 15

I like  "Bike Lust" which helps future cleaning. Plus it leaves a nice shine, biodegradable too.  I use the compressor as well with a nozzle attachment that is designed for cleaning. Then finish up by re-lubing up shocks and all moving parts 

post #11 of 15
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I ride a ton of mud, so I use a power washer.

Was that bait, or are you serious?
post #12 of 15
Serious. There's a lot of clay in the soil here and it's a pita to clean off any other way.
post #13 of 15

power washer as long as your not dodo with it will not do any harm...... if you go spraying full force into bearing areas/forks/shifter than you are just asking for it. 

 

same with WD 40....as long as your using it to clean and not lube :P

post #14 of 15

I use Perrier water and the finest silk cloths for buffing..

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I use Perrier water and the finest silk cloths for buffing..

Make sure it is the still variety as the carbonated can accelerate corrosion.  Presonally prefer superfine merino as absorbs more water than silk. 

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