Bike washing

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Re: Bike washing

Postby PH » 1 Jan 2019, 11:00am

jimlews wrote:
whoof wrote:When the mud is dry brush it with an old tooth brush then wash with a bucket and sponge. You can put the brush and bucket on the ground floor then go and get the bike. I doubt anyone will steal your brush and bucket whilst you are getting your bike.


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Stand bike on newspapers, brush off dry mud onto latter. Wrap and dispose of. Wipe over bike with oily rag.

Maybe that works if the muck is mud, but some of the stuff picked up on the lanes round here sticks like araldite if you let it dry, best to wash it off before then. My bikes have full guards and flaps, so stay fairly clean, the guards do need cleaning out after a dirty ride and the best way to do it without taking the wheels out is with a pressure wash. If it's left to dry, I need to take the wheels out..

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Re: Bike washing

Postby yostumpy » 1 Jan 2019, 11:09am

do you own a car? if so take a bucket of water and a sponge/brush down stairs, and put it in the car, lock car, return to fetch bike, wash bike,and wipe dry, take bike back upstairs, after depositing the empty bucket back in the car, to bring up 'next time' ie, use the car as a workshop base.

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Re: Bike washing

Postby reohn2 » 1 Jan 2019, 11:27am

For dried mud under the 'guards,which as PH says is better hosted off when wet,but failing that,I use a washing up brush,2 for £1 at the pound shop in town :)
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Re: Bike washing

Postby foxyrider » 1 Jan 2019, 11:46am

yostumpy wrote:do you own a car? if so take a bucket of water and a sponge/brush down stairs, and put it in the car, lock car, return to fetch bike, wash bike,and wipe dry, take bike back upstairs, after depositing the empty bucket back in the car, to bring up 'next time' ie, use the car as a workshop base.

Nope, i'm a cyclist not a box driver! Not that you can park near the flat anyway.
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Re: Bike washing

Postby Vantage » 1 Jan 2019, 1:11pm

I used to use the balcony (if you have one) and bucket and sponge.
Or showered it in the bathtub :)

Despite owning a jet washer now, I still prefer the bucket and sponge method and use the brush from a brush & pan set to do the cassette.
It's kinder to the bike.

I've found that even using the karchers mighty power that some residual muck clings the frame and wheels. Useless.
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Re: Bike washing

Postby Lucyhan » 1 Jan 2019, 3:12pm

My hubby uses wet wipes and swears by them.

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Re: Bike washing

Postby Brucey » 1 Jan 2019, 3:43pm

IMHO the main benefit of cleaning a bike at this time of year is not to make it all clean and shiny but to get the road salt off the bike, because if it is left on it will eat the bike alive; it is incredibly corrosive stuff. Needless to say wet wipes won't do this (and furthermore they are an environmental disaster in various ways) whereas by contrast even 'useless' washing will remove road salt quite efficiently.

BTW even slightly warm water removes all kinds of crud far better than water that is stone cold.

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Re: Bike washing

Postby iandusud » 1 Jan 2019, 5:16pm

Lucyhan wrote:My hubby uses wet wipes and swears by them.


We're talking about cleaning bikes :lol:

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Re: Bike washing

Postby foxyrider » 1 Jan 2019, 5:43pm

Lucyhan wrote:My hubby uses wet wipes and swears by them.

That sort of works in summer, the grit etc coating the bikes this time of your turns them into effective scourers! They are useful for rim cleaning but the bikes need proper washing to remove the icky film they leave.
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Re: Bike washing

Postby philvantwo » 1 Jan 2019, 6:38pm

Well they must have big sinks in Cornwall if Mick F washes his wheels and then his bike in his!! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Bike washing

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 1 Jan 2019, 9:03pm

Hi,
Bike stand.
Wipe off excess oily bits with rag.
Bucket with warm water as said.
Some rag.
Let it dry in the wind.
Do it on the road behind a car for your protection.

Am I the only one who still hand washes my car :?
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Re: Bike washing

Postby mnichols » 1 Jan 2019, 9:27pm

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Bike stand.
Wipe off excess oily bits with rag.
Bucket with warm water as said.
Some rag.
Let it dry in the wind.
Do it on the road behind a car for your protection.

Am I the only one who still hand washes my car :?


Nope, still wash and wax my car. The last few cars have never been to a car wash

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Re: Bike washing

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 1 Jan 2019, 9:31pm

Hi,
A good job on the 20' camper takes 4 hrs, and there no waxing either :(

But do modern cars take wax as its lacquered?
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Re: Bike washing

Postby scottg » 1 Jan 2019, 11:21pm

Bike Washing ?, spray with washing up liquid, leave bike out in the rain.
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Re: Bike washing

Postby ChrisF » 3 Jan 2019, 3:53pm

Brucey wrote:BTW even slightly warm water removes all kinds of crud far better than water that is stone cold.

With either warm or cold water, spray it on with the hand pressure pump then leave to soak for a few minutes before respraying and/or wiping/brushing
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