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    Is this a good way to wash your bike.

    Or , at least don't use the high pressure spray.?


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    Gee, that looks like a royal pain in the butt.
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    Looks like a good way to potentially scratch things... not to mention the mess it will make of your bathroom.
    Just use a bucket and rag with some warm water/dish soap.
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    Is this a good way to wash your bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Or , at least don't use the high pressure spray.?


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    Done that a few times, at home and in hotel rooms. Agree it makes a mess, but just clean it up.

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    I never even thought about putting my bike in the shower. However I fear my next step would be to tuck into bed with me every night. Then I might as well date it.

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    I've found that about once a week if I give the bike a quick wipe down lysol wipes, things stay fairly clean.

    Of course if you want to save the planet and not use crappy disposable wipes, white vinegar and an old t-shirt will do the trick too. Of course, you're going to need a bit more time and patience (and some kind of degreaser) for the drive train.
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    In all seriousness, old rags and or paper towels used in conjunction with Simple Green works wonders!

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    Looks like a good way to get water in the bearings.
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    Simple Green on aluminum is a no no. Use a cheap car wash product. There are lots f them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clawed View Post
    Simple Green on aluminum is a no no. Use a cheap car wash product. There are lots f them.
    I don't have access to a hose. My bike mechanic told me to use simple green. What cheap cleaner would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus1 View Post
    I don't have access to a hose. My bike mechanic told me to use simple green. What cheap cleaner would you recommend?
    Ordinary Simple Green is a caustic that will dull aluminum and probably cause long term damage if you can't rinse it off. Go to any car parts store and look for quick detailer or gallon jugs of cheap car wash soap. Just not Simple Green. I quit using it when I ruined the wheels on a BMW motorcycle.

    (there is a special Simple Green made for use on bicycles. I assume that you would have specified that if that was what you were talking about.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clawed View Post
    Ordinary Simple Green is a caustic that will dull aluminum and probably cause long term damage if you can't rinse it off. Go to any car parts store and look for quick detailer or gallon jugs of cheap car wash soap. Just not Simple Green. I quit using it when I ruined the wheels on a BMW motorcycle.

    (there is a special Simple Green made for use on bicycles. I assume that you would have specified that if that was what you were talking about.)
    Is it ok to use soap if I can't hose it off?

    I have a steel bike bike and can't seem to find any problems with using Simple Green.

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    i don't see how it could be any worse than rain. But at least take her out for dinner and a show first!


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    Quote Originally Posted by walrus1 View Post
    Is it ok to use soap if I can't hose it off?

    I have a steel bike bike and can't seem to find any problems with using Simple Green.
    You can't just smear soap on it and not rinse it off. If you don't have a hose just pour tap water on it from a two liter pop bottle. Do it in the driveway or out by the curb. Or wash it in the park like the car drivers do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    You can't just smear soap on it and not rinse it off. If you don't have a hose just pour tap water on it from a two liter pop bottle. Do it in the driveway or out by the curb. Or wash it in the park like the car drivers do.
    That can become more challenging when it's below freezing.

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    While we are on this subject, I brush with fairy soap and rinse off with the hose, is that okay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    That can become more challenging when it's below freezing.
    Use warm water.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
    Or , at least don't use the high pressure spray.?


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    This is much more thorough:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    Use warm water.
    The water in the shower is warm.

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