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Old 08-05-03, 02:19 PM   #26
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do you think I could legally marry all of them?
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Old 08-05-03, 02:39 PM   #27
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Once every two to three weeks. Depending on the weather. If its pretty crappy, then maybe once a week. Except during winter when the roads have been salted and especially if they are wet. Then after every ride. Road salt is murder.

I don't use soap and water on my bike. I buy that Shimano "Shine" stuff in a can. Spray a thin layer of foam on the bike and then buff. Makes the frame look all purty.

I buy degreaser from Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canadian store chain) in a four litre jug for all my drive train needs. So far one jug has lasted me a little over two years. I do mix it with water to make it last longer. Usually 50/50 and put it in a small spray bottle.

OK so I use a small amount of water on my bike, so sue me.
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Old 08-05-03, 02:44 PM   #28
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Michael, that response you had here was totally funny to me!!! that was great, "only in utah"!!..

Very good man, hey how you doing after Rain ride, that was pretty amazing and I'm glad I did it this year.

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Old 08-05-03, 03:00 PM   #29
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Working up the courage to do the Bridge to Bridge in North Carolina. Check it out. http://www.caldwellcochamber.org/abo...6=50&cat06=49#
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My daily commuter has not been washed in months. It's a 3 speed with an internal hub so I really don't have to clean it like a cassette with exposed cogs.

My other bikes (The good ones) are not taken out in the rain and remain clean.
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Old 08-05-03, 07:41 PM   #31
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i spend hours upon hours with a toothbrush and some rags. Wasted so many hours of my life just cleaning.....could have been out riding some more...
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Old 08-05-03, 08:59 PM   #32
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I have a Pick-up Truck, so my MTB gets a wash and waxÖ..Air dry 65mph.
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Old 08-05-03, 09:31 PM   #33
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Always keep it lubed, but daily washings with a toothbrush? I don't even keep my chops that clean.
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Old 08-07-03, 05:56 AM   #34
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SO do you guys wash your cars or lube it every time you drive it or after it rains? your lube will last for more than a rain storm I clean the drive train every 100 miles and clean the bike as necessary. If you put some good wax on it you don't have to clean it very often. (my only exception is the MTB I hose it down after off roading if it is covered with dirt )
You certainly are right that a wax will give a certain protection, but please, don't ever compare a car, mainly used as a mean of transportation, with the bikcycle most of us use for pure pleasure.
And by the way, (let's take an exmaple of a car used for a kind of leizure or competition) did you ever see a dirty formula one before a race? I don't care that much about a low end bike I'll use for tranportation, but I care a lot if it is my leisure bike.
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Old 08-07-03, 07:01 AM   #35
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, don't ever compare a car, mainly used as a mean of transportation, with the bikcycle most of us use for pure pleasure.
And by the way, (let's take an exmaple of a car used for a kind of leizure or competition) did you ever see a dirty formula one before a race? .
Formula one apples and oranges they are puutting on a show so cleaning is good, besides I wash my car about every 500 miles or so. And weither you use it for fun or not (which even though I am a commuter I still log more miles on pleasure riding than commuting and errand running) a bicycle is a form of transportation. You can clean it and lube it as much as you like, i just think it is too much personally to clean your bike every time you ride it.
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Old 08-07-03, 08:53 AM   #36
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Every ride is a bit over the top, IMHO.

I give my bikes a really good clean and drivetrain soak twice a year (normally March and October). Other than that, they get a wash when they're dirty and a bit of fresh lube every two weeks of so, or after a wash.

You gotta look after the things, but there just aren't enough hours in the day to do it every single ride. So long as you keep everything in good working order the components will last a long time... Frankly, I'd rather spend more of that 'cleaning' time riding.
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Old 08-07-03, 11:02 AM   #37
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I'm trying to imagine cleaning my bike or my motorcycle after every ride and the time that would take.

I admit, years ago I was a little anal about detailing the material possesions and when my bike(s) got a scratch I would stress.

Maintain them mechanically, spot clean when necessary, ride the piss out of them and when they give up the ghost or aren't meeting my needs, get a new/different one.
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If my chain looks as though I dont want to touch it (after almost every ride), I clean it.

I have one of those Park chain cleaners so it is only a 2 minute job to have the drivetrain looking clean as the day I bought it.

By doing it everyday it literally becomes a 2 minute job.

I wash the bike itself whenever it is REALLY muddy or sandy or whenever I feel like grabbing a beer and heading out to the garage and working on it.
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Old 08-07-03, 02:04 PM   #39
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My huband takes care of the bikes. I know how to, but he enjoys it so much more. He services our bikes before each ride (gives it wipe down, cleans chain, cleans cassettes, lubes up forks and chain).
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Old 08-07-03, 02:18 PM   #40
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Cleaning your bike is a lot like dressing. No, Iím not talking about salads or turkeys. I mean there are times that I need to iron and wear dress shirts, and times itís ok to wear t-shirts.
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I'm kinda strange about this. I wash and relube my drivetrain every time I ride. The rest of the bike not so much, once a month, maybe. I HATE a squeakey chain, so maybe I over do it.
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Old 08-07-03, 03:32 PM   #42
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Cleaning your bike is a lot like dressing. No, Iím not talking about salads or turkeys. I mean there are times that I need to iron and wear dress shirts, and times itís ok to wear t-shirts.
Nice analogy...
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Cleaning your bike is a lot like dressing. No, Iím not talking about salads or turkeys. I mean there are times that I need to iron and wear dress shirts, and times itís ok to wear t-shirts.
I got to say I like it too!
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Old 08-07-03, 06:09 PM   #45
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I clean my OCR1 after every ride. That does not mean I wash it each time, often it's just a quick wipe down of the frame and and chain and tires with a cloth. I only wash my OCR! with soap and water if it's gotten too dirty for the wipe down. Not very often that happens to a road bicycle. On the other hand my Norco hybrid gets cleaned as needed since it's my town bicycle and gets ridden every day.
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Old 08-07-03, 06:15 PM   #46
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I clean my bike after every ride, it will make your bike very happy
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I used to do a deep cleaning before every ride. First: take the chain off (one of those super links), soak in kerosene, dry, spin dry (swinging it around a few times), then lube. Wipe the components with degreaser and wipe the rims, sometimes spokes. Wax the frame and that was it. Now I just wipe it down and will probably do the above every month or so.
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I leave my bike dirty. I can usually tell when my drive train needs cleaning by looking at it and I do check. But my bike prefers to be left in her natural state. Dirty and ready to ride
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