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Old 07-28-13, 09:01 PM   #26
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I like bacon! White bikes, white jerseys, white kitchen floors - they're always dirty. We changed our kitchen floor to a darker color and now we never have to clean it. Get a black bike and don't look back.

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Old 07-28-13, 09:12 PM   #27
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I like bacon! White bikes, white jerseys, white kitchen floors - they're always dirty. We changed our kitchen floor to a darker color and now we never have to clean it. Get a black bike and don't look back.
Lol

My Trek is pewter grey which means I don't wash her down as often.
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Old 07-28-13, 11:44 PM   #28
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You guys have spent more time writing about cleaning bikes than I've spent cleaning mine in 40 years of cycling....
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Old 07-29-13, 12:49 AM   #29
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You guys have spent more time writing about cleaning bikes than I've spent cleaning mine in 40 years of cycling....
Me, too. Keep the drivetrain clean and lubed, look out for the braking surfaces, clean the rest only as often as is necessary to prevent me getting filthy when handling it.
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Old 07-29-13, 03:00 AM   #30
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Me, too. Keep the drivetrain clean and lubed, look out for the braking surfaces, clean the rest only as often as is necessary to prevent me getting filthy when handling it.
Cleaning your bike(s) once in a while, gives you the opportunity to do a good inspection, for example that scratch on the frame that is now rusting, you can get a little navel jelly on there, or some Tremclad as a primer. More important though with aluminum or CF frames that can crack. Seeing a crack in a fork while cleaning your bike is better then watching your front wheel pull away knowing at that second that this is going to hurt, bad.
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Old 07-29-13, 07:39 AM   #31
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Cleaning beats sitting in front of the tube.
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Old 07-29-13, 10:01 AM   #32
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Wow; I've never used anything but a bucket of hot water with a small squirt of dish washing liquid and scrub brushes.
In the past, I've always hosed it down, and cleaned it with detergent or 409. However, since changing to paraffin waxing of the chain, I don't want to spray water on the chain. So I guess that's a disadvantage of paraffin lubing.
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Old 07-29-13, 02:31 PM   #33
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In the past, I've always hosed it down, and cleaned it with detergent or 409. However, since changing to paraffin waxing of the chain, I don't want to spray water on the chain. So I guess that's a disadvantage of paraffin lubing.
I'll just have to remember to wash it when I've got the chain in the crockpot....Wet rag it around the chain when not.
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