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    Do you clean your bike after each ride?

    I just finished cleaning my bike. I detailed every little bit with detail brushes and cleaned it up as much as I could. I put on some crankskins that I bought on eBay. I also covered up all the nicks and scratches with the clear skin patches.

    I was curious to see who does it and to what frequency. I have a buddy of mine that absolutely refuses to clean his bike. I'm the opposite, I like to clean it before I but it back on my truck.

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    drivetrain about every other ride....

    ...the rest maybe 2-3 times a year or when bearings/pads need replacement, etc..

    I might hose it down after a muddy ride though.

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    No, but when it gets all muddy, then yes, coz then you won't have traction...

    When i clean my bike, i usually use jet spray for the wheels to get the mud out... although i know it's bad...

    Then the rest i just hose it down...

    I usually run water over the drivetrain while spinning it.

    After all that, i dry the rims, spokes, frame, and shock.

    Then i just wait for the water to evaporate off the drivechain, then oil it.

    I'm not sure if that's the right way or not...
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    I brush the dirt off (rarely use water), clean the polished surfaces/seal-lips on fork and shock, and run the chain through a terry-cloth rag. After brushing, might go over rims/frame with a damp rag. I lube chain after every third or forth ride and after it gets wet, never clean it except for the rag thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.D.XC View Post
    No, but when it gets all muddy, then yes, coz then you won't have traction...

    ...
    What the heck are you talking about? Washing your bike will give you traction?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    I used to clean my bike as often as possible. That was when it was new. Now I let it dry and and just flake off what ever mud there is on it. Actually after drying just a dramp rag can get the bike pretty clean. The chain how ever I clean more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    What the heck are you talking about? Washing your bike will give you traction?
    Traction within the eyes of the lord. The baby Jesus don't like dirty bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan300 View Post
    I put on some crankskins that I bought on eBay.
    God forbid you wear the logo off your crank arms. Does this qualify as Fred?

    Because this looks terrible:




    Ahhhhh...much better:
    Last edited by ed; 10-28-08 at 08:04 AM.

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    WAY Fred. God forbid anyone can see that you actually ride your bike and wear the logos off.

    I've had cranks where I used them for so long that the sides of my shoes actually wore a slight groove into the faces of the crankarms.
    "I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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    I dunno if my stance is wider, but my current Hone crankset is still Logo'd like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    What the heck are you talking about? Washing your bike will give you traction?
    I'm sorry i didn't state it clearly.

    I meant the tyres.

    When they are muddy, they don't provide much traction (right?).

    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    The baby Jesus don't like dirty bikes.


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    Clean your bike? I thought you were supposed to trade them in on new ones, when they get dirty?

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    dirty bikes look more badass

    I lube my chain every other ride, give my bike a complete overhaul like once a year (basically break it down to a frame and rebuild), other than that i just leave it unless its just mud covered in which case i brush it off with my hand when it dries, unless i get caught in the rain, then i dry steel parts to prevent rust

    oh also i have a roof rack and 70mph wind dries it off and cleans anything thats loose

    my road bike on the other hand, that gets cleaned if its at all dirty (but its mostly white and a road bike so...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    Clean your bike? I thought you were supposed to trade them in on new ones, when they get dirty?
    That's why I got rid of my Gran Mal after last season. Darned thing was scratched and the dark blue showed the dirt. Reason enough right there to get a white Blindside .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    That's why I got rid of my Gran Mal after last season. Darned thing was scratched and the dark blue showed the dirt. Reason enough right there to get a white Blindside .
    Exactly, It's like trading in your car when the tires get bald, right?

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    I wipe down both mine and my girlfriends bike after each ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    God forbid you wear the logo off your crank arms. Does this qualify as Fred?

    Because this looks terrible:




    Ahhhhh...much better:
    hahaha, thank god the ones I got were clear.

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    Is this the road forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.D.XC View Post
    I'm sorry i didn't state it clearly.

    I meant the tyres.

    When they are muddy, they don't provide much traction.......

    And the second you hit the trail on those clean tires will they not be dirty again?
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Traction within the eyes of the lord. The baby Jesus don't like dirty bikes.
    Baby Jesus must be mad at me!
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    I just clean the chain when I hear grinding or squeaking... I clean my fork stanctions after every ride, the rest I don't clean at all..
    I only pedal uphill.

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    Just to clarify, I don't clean the bike often other than flicking off mud. Every once in a while I find myself looking at the bike and decide to clean it with a wet rag and/or hose.

    I do clean/lube my chain and the stanchions before every ride.
    Last edited by santiago; 10-28-08 at 07:38 PM. Reason: typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post

    Ahhhhh...much better:
    WHY did you put Pepto Bismal on your cranks????
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    And the second you hit the trail on those clean tires will they not be dirty again?

    if i have mud caked on my tires like caked on bad, well i have to take my front wheel off to get it on my car and maybe i don't want all that mud in my trunk, so i just toss my wheel up and bounce it on the ground to nock that crap off lol

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    clean and lube the chain on my commuter when it sounds like a sherman tank. the rest I leave to the rain.

    my road bike I do a little better

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