Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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I know this is politically incorrect, but I have a simple cleaning method that's served me well for 40 years. Whatever God gets on my bike he's responsible for getting off. Over those years I've probably accumlated as many rain miles as anyone else except maybe a Scot.
My commuter route takes me through a park and on rainy days it gets covered in organic crap. I used to bring indoors when I got home, and the crud would dry all over it, and take days to flake off. Now I simply leave it outside and let nature complete the job it started.
With the exception of some high end race equipment, bikes are outdoor vehicles and should be able to handle all but the most extreme weather. In forty years of touring and all season riding including a few floods, I've only washed my bike a handful of times, and that's only to de-salt it as I neared the end of winter, or part of a seasonal overhaul.
If you want to wash it, gentle soap, and a garden hose, not directing the spray at the gaps between moving parts. If you have good chain oil it should survive rain or a wash and only need drip dry, though with some which wash off easily, you'll need to dry or re-lube the chain consistent with the product you're using.
BTW- If you think I'm callous about bikes, my friend takes his expensive machine through the brushless car wash, mounted on a trunk rack. Comes out fine but once he paid for hot wax, and it took a while for his brakes to work normally afterward. He'll never make that mistake again.
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