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Old 03-16-08, 06:20 PM   #1
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Cleaning bike in a bathtub

Has anyone ever put their bike the the shower to wash it off? I was wondering if it is possible to do this and has anyone tried it. Results?
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Yep ... I regularly washed my bicycle in the bathtub up till about 3 years ago. Washing my road bicycle in the bathtub worked very well because it was small enough to fit. Washing my mtn bike there was a little more challenging.

I used Avon Bubble Bath and Simple Green.
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No significant other, I take it? Not that there is anything wrong with that.
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Mine gets hosed off in the shower stall after every messy ride. And it gets a good scrubbing in there every now and again. It's shown here a few weeks back after nearly two hours riding in a snowstorm.

Grease stays where it's supposed to pretty well. Occasionally it comes off the bike, but it comes off the fiberglass easily enough. Regular bathroom cleaner works just fine. In fact, I find it easier to clean up bike grease than soap scum.
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This might be a stupid question but what's wrong with outside? Even if you live in an apartment with no access a spigot, a trip to the carwash or even a bucket of water has to be a better option.

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This might be a stupid question but what's wrong with outside? Even if you live in an apartment with no access a spicket, a trip to the carwash or even a bucket of water has to be a better option.
Not in the middle of winter. I used other options in the summer, but in the winter, I just used the bathtub ... quick and easy. I actually miss doing that, it was so convenient.
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Shower is not an option for me. In winter I use buckets & bottles of hot water (filled from an indoor sink). Washing stuff outside in the cold is not particularly pleasant. I just hope the bike appreciates the trouble I go to to keep it clean in winter.
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This might be a stupid question but what's wrong with outside? Even if you live in an apartment with no access a spigot, a trip to the carwash or even a bucket of water has to be a better option.
The only place I have to store my bike is the living room. I hose it off in the shower so that it doesn't drip slush, salt and mud on the living room floor.

All the car washes around here are the automatic, stay-in-the-car-and-ride-through kind. Even if there were any hose-it-yourself car washes around, the bike would be filthy again by the time I rode it home through the slush, salt and mud. And of course, I'd have to deal retro-grouches here yelling about high-pressure water and bearings and whatnot. Besides, my shower is free.

As for carrying buckets of water down the fire escape in winter? You're welcome to stand outside well below freezing in the howling wind and get all wet washing and drying a bike. And you can deal with my landlord, pissed-off neighbors, lawyer and insurance agent when all that water freezes on the sidewalk and people slip and fall.

It's not for me, but thanks for the suggestions.
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Well, I think it was a intressting idea!
It has never hit my brain to take the bike into the shower or bathtub.
But I do take my snowboard and my kitesnowboard there often to dry and I clean my longboard in the shower when I change bearings.

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It's not washing the bike that's the problem. It's having to sleep on the couch and/or hire a divorce lawyer that's the problem.
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Has anyone ever put their bike the the shower to wash it off? I was wondering if it is possible to do this and has anyone tried it. Results?
In other words, yes, it can be done, just make sure you clean the tub or the shower after you do it, and absolutely make sure you dry and lube the chain. You should be good to go!

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Wait, you guys wash your bikes in the winter?
What an interesting idea.
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In other words, yes, it can be done, just make sure you clean the tub or the shower after you do it, and absolutely make sure you dry and lube the chain. You should be good to go!

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I had this great collection of various bathroom cleaners when I did it. I'd wash my bicycles (with avon bubble bath and simple green as mentioned), and then immediately clean my entire bathroom from top to bottom ... my bicycles were clean and my bathroom was absolutely sparkling.
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Has anyone ever put their bike the the shower to wash it off? I was wondering if it is possible to do this and has anyone tried it. Results?
I used to do it all the time. Especially when I was in the Marines and lived in the barracks.... early 80s was the easiest - just like back in high school since it was a communal shower. Just couldn't do it when anyone else was wanting a shower.
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i clean mine in there. simple green, whatever liquid soap i have around, and some post-shower chain lube.

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You must be the same people that recommend throwing cassettes and chains in the dishwasher.
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You must be the same people that recommend throwing cassettes and chains in the dishwasher.
That leaves too much mud and grease in the bottom...

I like the idea of the Avon bubble bath! Hey, might as well get the bike clean, and clean the bathroom at the same time, correct?

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I've even cleaned a full set of bike components, separately, in my tub. Using a dish brush! Took a few hours, but it looked almost like new when I was done. And yes, I even did the entire frame!
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That leaves too much mud and grease in the bottom...

I like the idea of the Avon bubble bath! Hey, might as well get the bike clean, and clean the bathroom at the same time, correct?

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Yeah, I don't use the dishwasher for cycling-related things ... I've never owned a dishwasher! I will add though that the tub is the perfect width to balance the rear tire across so you can clean the cassette.

And Avon bubble bath is supposed to be good for cleaning all sorts of things without damaging them. I found it did a good job of cleaning off my bicycle, and since it is bubble bath, it meant that I wasn't pouring harmful chemicals down the drain or anything ... I was using something designed to be used in a tub! The bubble bath, plus a bit of a bleach-based bathroom cleanser, and any black spots from the bicycle on the tub and surround were easily removed.

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I kept my bike in the bathtub, once upon a time. I never turned the water on, though. I had both a tub and a separate shower, and I used only the shower for me. The tub seemed like a good place for the bike to live...occupying otherwise unused space.
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I had this great collection of various bathroom cleaners when I did it. I'd wash my bicycles (with avon bubble bath and simple green as mentioned), and then immediately clean my entire bathroom from top to bottom ... my bicycles were clean and my bathroom was absolutely sparkling.
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You can come and clean your bike in my bathroom any time you like.

Only problem I can see is getting a muddy or dirty dripping bike through the lounge and across the carpet without having to clean the whole house afterwards.

I still clean outside and have an area of deep gravel outside the shed- especially constructed to take the amount of water necessary to wash the bike down. Far better than flooding the lawn with soapy water and grease and hence killing it.
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Not to mention lthe fact that water and water based cleaners are the wrong things to use on your drivetrain. But, mud running mtb riders don't have much choice. bk
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Only problem I can see is getting a muddy or dirty dripping bike through the lounge and across the carpet without having to clean the whole house afterwards.
All the homes in the world aren't carpeted, you know. You won't find many here. Hardwood floors or vinyl lino is typically used, and some have tiles. Carpeting is usually only found in a few rooms in very old houses.
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All the homes in the world aren't carpeted, you know. You won't find many here. Hardwood floors or vinyl lino is typically used, and some have tiles. Carpeting is usually only found in a few rooms in very old houses.
My apartment had this ancient industrial tile on the floor. I didn't feel bad about my bicycle dripping on it. I wiped up any drips with a towel, of course, but if anything a drop or two of grease or mud might have improved the look of that floor!
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Yeah, I don't use the dishwasher for cycling-related things ... I've never owned a dishwasher! I will add though that the tub is the perfect width to balance the rear tire across so you can clean the cassette.

And Avon bubble bath is supposed to be good for cleaning all sorts of things without damaging them. I found it did a good job of cleaning off my bicycle, and since it is bubble bath, it meant that I wasn't pouring harmful chemicals down the drain or anything ... I was using something designed to be used in a tub! The bubble bath, plus a bit of a bleach-based bathroom cleanser, and any black spots from the bicycle on the tub and surround were easily removed.

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When I first got Bailey's trike the white rubber coated basket was filthy, it's 40 years old.
I was going to wipe it all by hand, but the bike shop owner said put it in the dishwasher. It worked perfectly! That saved me a lot of work. That's the only thing from a bike I would ever do that with.

If one of my bikes is really muddy or has a lot of dried dirt on it, a very soft brush gets most of it off before I bring it inside. Or almost all of it if I feel like it. I think that may be the fastest way possible. It's a hand brush like you get with a dustpan, but very soft. It does not rust anything, is much faster than a rag, and does not scratch the paint if one is carefull.
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