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Old 10-03-04, 04:17 AM   #1
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Cleaning Your Bike

I am wondering how much extent people go to to clean their bikes, and how often? I clean my bike after a long ride, and after a few rides i really get in the derailers and chain, and get all the grit out and re-lube ect.
I take it to my LBS for a 'check up' (brakes, gears) at least every 3 months, and a full service at least once a year.

How far does everyone else go to cleaning and maintaing their bikes?
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Old 10-03-04, 10:12 AM   #2
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I'm kind of a 150 - 200 mile cleaner myself, and I'm pretty thorough with a couple of small brushes, a toothbrush, a sponge, and soap and water. Then a good but light lube once I make sure everything is dry.
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Old 10-03-04, 02:59 PM   #3
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Here is a new device that can be used to clean your chain without removing it from your bike. It is called the "Park CM-5 Cyclone Chain Scrubber". Click below to view an image:

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/111...erIN040FO1.htm

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/20...r/IMGP0088.jpg

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I wipe my bike down thoroughly after every ride and clean the chain and all that every 3 rides.

I've only had a bike for a few months and haven't had a tune-up yet. Maybe it's about time.
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I just hose it off after a muddy ride. I also give it a good wash every week, but thats just because I have way too much spare time right now. Lube up the chain when it sounds squeeky or doesn't look right.
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Clean the bike once a week, lube the chain once every 2 shifts and clean the chain the same time I wash the bike. I use that cleaner above and it works fine. I also try to clean my road bike anytime I am taking it out for a group ride so it looks presentable. Otherwise I leave it alone...
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I lube the chain every 60 miles or so, and scrub off the chain and all transmission equipment once a week. I wipe down the rims every 40 miles or so, and wipe off any mud on the frame within a day of it's getting there. Also any riding in rain means a cleaning the next day.
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I just hose it off after a muddy ride. I also give it a good wash every week, but thats just because I have way too much spare time right now. Lube up the chain when it sounds squeeky or doesn't look right.
YOu hose your bike? Thats not supposed to be good for it, getting water in the derailer? I suppose if you clean it down with a rag to absorb all the water, but it can still rust parts.
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I wash mine once or twice a week, depending on the weather. I have a raceline chain cleaner, but since I don't have a derailler, I have to take the chain off and run it through by hand. It's pretty messy. I really should have cleaned it sunday, since the saturday night ride went on all these sandy muddy trails. She's so dirty...
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