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View Poll Results: Aside from after a ride in the rain, how often do you wash your bike(s)?
I wash my bike(s) after every ride 1 2.08%
About once a week or two 9 18.75%
Couple of times a month 5 10.42%
Every month or so 19 39.58%
Once a quarter 3 6.25%
At the beginning and at the end of the riding season 1 2.08%
Wash my bike? I'm supposed to do that? 10 20.83%
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Old 04-04-06, 09:35 PM   #1
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How often do you wash your bike(s)?

I'm a lazy slob, so I don't wash my bike(s) very often, but then again, neither do I wash my car that often either.

So, what's typical around here?

(By the way, I've tried to post this a dozen times over the past two days, so if you're seeing it, there's been a miracle!)



EDIT: The second question should read "Every week or SO" (sigh)
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Old 04-04-06, 11:00 PM   #2
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I don't really "wash" my bike all I do is take a moist towel and brush and clean and wipe dry as I go.
I don't want to get a bunch of water in all the places it's not supposed to be.

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I wipe it down with a small towel and windex. It takes 10-20 minutes, depending on how thorough a job.
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Old 04-05-06, 01:25 AM   #4
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I mostly clean it after a rough ride in rain or slush. I pay special attention to the components and chain.
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Old 04-05-06, 05:27 AM   #5
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I mostly clean it after a rough ride in rain or slush. I pay special attention to the components and chain.


Same here. I will take off the chain to clean & lube as well as other drivetrain equipment. It sure seems smoother afterwards. I'm still looking for the perfect chain lube though......
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Old 04-05-06, 05:50 AM   #6
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I wash the entire bike, heavy on the wheels and drive train every two weeks. After riding in the rain I wipe it down and relube the chain. If I wait a month the bike starts making grinding and squeeking noises that drive me nuts. Of course I wash my car almost every week.
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Old 04-05-06, 06:19 AM   #7
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Usually wipe it down after each ride and only wash it about once a month unless the weather has been especially bad. Then it gets washed down as needed.
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Old 04-05-06, 10:22 AM   #8
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Never! I don't believe in getting it purposely wet. I wipe it with a cloth occasionally.
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Old 04-05-06, 11:31 AM   #9
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I clean the drive train every couple of weeks. A thorough washing and waxing only happens every month or so.
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Old 04-05-06, 02:42 PM   #10
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After every ride in the wet, otherwise every week or two. I do a complete wash - spray with TruckWash, clean with a soft brush (3" paintbrush), clean wheel hubs and rims with a toothbrush, douse with a soluble wax cleaner (car wax), then blow dry with compressed air. The chain and rear cluster come off and are cleaned in kero, blown dry, oiled with a teflon based oil, and the idler bushes are greased. When thoroughly dry all moving parts are oiled including cables (using a cable oiler) and any minor adjustments are made (to account for cable stretch etc.). About once a month the wheel bearings are repacked too.
Got the cleaning down to under an hour and bearings to about 20min. It's worth the trouble - the bike runs like a Swiss watch after this.
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Old 04-05-06, 02:58 PM   #11
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I answered the last one but for me it should read- Wash my bike? I AM supposed to do that.

Wednesday night again so nightriding and there is no way I am going to wash it Tonight- After next sundays ride --YES, but not tonight.

Now I used to wash my bike after every ride- even if it was road ride. Does get rid of the flies and dirt, and cow pats and the sheep dung, but more than that- Once clean I can lube the cable inners- deraillers, chain and even spray the frame with water displacement oil (WD40) and clean it- I don't mind riding a dirty bike- but I do like to check that everything is in good condition for the next ride.
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Old 04-05-06, 03:06 PM   #12
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Same here. I will take off the chain to clean & lube as well as other drivetrain equipment. It sure seems smoother afterwards. I'm still looking for the perfect chain lube though......

Pedros-- all types But I use SYN LUBE if it is going to be a wet ride and Extra Dry if it is going to be a dry dusty ride.
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I used to let the mud build up on the Rockhopper. It was sort of a badge of honor testifying to the amount of trail riding I was doing. Then the mud started interferring with the front deraileur big time. So now I wash it after any ride that was muddy, otherwise I don't wash my MTB's. My MUP bike picks up a lot of dust so I wash it about once every two months.
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Old 04-05-06, 09:48 PM   #14
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Never. I keep it extremely clean but never "wash" it. Clean the drive train with Pedro's biodegradable stuff every 600 miles. Polish the Ti with Mother's metal polish. Just use a soft rag on the other parts. It GLEAMS. Oh I should mention I live where we get only 11" of precip a year. 13,000 miles or so and never ridden in the rain
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I don't wash it like a car.... just wipe it down with a damp cloth and maybe a squirt of Simple Green. I rinse it more often except in the summer. As a matter of fact, I rinsed it three times just this afternoon while I was out for a 30 mile ride.

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I'm usually on crushed limestone rail/trails, so usually after every ride. But if I get to ride on a paved trail then it would only get washed when it gets dirty.
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Since i got carbon in Dec,i've only washed it twice. Most the time i just wipe it down with pledge wipes.
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Usually I just wipe it down. Unless I do a day of riding in the rain, then it gets a complete wash and lube. The rear wheel needs cleaning more than any part on account of the lube residue spinning off of the chain. Over time this causes a fine mist on the wheel, attracting dust and dirt.
jppe - If you find that perfect lube, let me know. I am not a great fan of the teflon lube as I think it spins off of the chain more than others attracting dirt. I actually use 3 in 1 alot.
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You got to much lube on the chain if its doing that.
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ah...does leaving it out in the rain count ?
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Usually I just wipe it down. Unless I do a day of riding in the rain, then it gets a complete wash and lube. The rear wheel needs cleaning more than any part on account of the lube residue spinning off of the chain. Over time this causes a fine mist on the wheel, attracting dust and dirt.
jppe - If you find that perfect lube, let me know. I am not a great fan of the teflon lube as I think it spins off of the chain more than others attracting dirt. I actually use 3 in 1 alot.
3 in 1 oil is too thin, Already answered that I use Pedros and this is a bike specific oil. Used to be a chain oil Called Black Gold and this was the best oil I have ever used. It stayed on the chain and lubricated really well. If you ever go to a race meeting- you will fing the mechanics lubricating every single pin with just a drop of oil and on every pin. Takes a long time and I can't be bothered with that. After every ride- remember I am offroad- I clean the chain- wash it out with water and then spray with WD40. Let it drain for an hour and then Liberraly oil the chain. In the summer- I will also use a wax on the chain and work it into the chain. Then before the next ride I have a nicely lubricated Chain with no surplus to spray over the wheel. Then there are the times when I grab the bike- throw oil on the chain and go. Oil on the wheel rim does not bother me- I have Disc brakes and rarely do I find any oil on the chain or wheels after a ride in any case. The other point is that I would rather have an over lubed chain than a dry one. Even if it does make the bike dirty.
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WD = not on a bike.
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every other week I wipe them down and use pledge or wax.

drive train is cleaned twice a month also
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