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Old 07-30-05, 04:15 AM   #1
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I took my bike to the car wash!

My road bike was filthy, so I decided to wash it at my local car wash. I took a spray can of degreaser (biodegradable orange something I got at my Trek dealer). I sprayed the whole bike with the degreaser, let it set for a few minutes, and then sprayed the whole bike with soap and later rinse. I spent $1.25. It worked great! I wiped it down after washing, and my 1980 Univega sparkled like it was new. I was careful not to let the spray focus too hard on the bearing areas, and you should first take off your computer and lights. I know many cyclists frown on this practice, but I don't see anything wrong with this as long as you are careful not to spray the bearing areas too hard.
I had more time on the $1.25 wash than I really needed, so I took along a washable furnace filter and cleaned that too. Maybe you could also take along your dawg and wash him too. By the way, our local car wash now has a dog wash. For five bucks, you get flea soap, conditioner and a dryer. You put the dawg on a ramped stainless steel tub, and leash him to it. My dawg was a little hesitant at first, but after s few seconds, he loved it. The water is warm. What do you think?
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Old 07-30-05, 05:14 AM   #2
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but I don't see anything wrong with this as long as you are careful not to spray the bearing areas too hard.
The key. I would like my bike to sparkle too
The dog wash sounds hilarious.
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Never thought of that. Of course, my bikes never sparkle anymore(I've got mountain bikes). As long as they're clean enough to be operational, I don't really care. Now, when I get a new bike....
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I still prefer the wipe the whole thing down by hand with a little bottle of lightly soapy water and a towel. I will degrease components but only after I remove them, chain or cassette...etc. Oh and that goes for the dog too...except for removing components
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now that your bike is all clean,
this is the perfect time to re pack all bearing serfaces. starting with front and rear hubs, pedals, bottom bracket, head set, and lastly ,oil your free wheel with 30 weight oil. (if not a free hub). Time for the chain to be soaked in kerosene, allowed to dry in the sun and then re-lubed with chain lube. good luck!
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Oh and that goes for the dog too...except for removing components
I'm sure your dog really appreciates that

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that's a good one !!!
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I thought that was after, "Throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball..."
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