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    Does anybody clay-bar their bicycles?

    I've heard that clay bar goes before waxing, but I usually just wash, maybe polish, and then wax. Is it neccessary to clay bar? I've also heard that it could damage the paint.

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    Troll alert! IBTL.

    Either that or a ridiculous joke. It's a bike. Wipe it with Windex and a paper towel. Done and done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Troll alert! IBTL.

    Either that or a ridiculous joke. It's a bike. Wipe it with Windex and a paper towel. Done and done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Troll alert! IBTL.

    Either that or a ridiculous joke. It's a bike. Wipe it with Windex and a paper towel. Done and done!
    Oh ok then, I shall continue my regular wash, maybe polish, and wax rountine

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCyclist View Post
    Oh ok then, I shall continue my regular wash, maybe polish, and wax rountine
    Just spray it with water, and air dry.

    It's a bike, not jewelry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCyclist View Post
    I've heard that clay bar goes before waxing, but I usually just wash, maybe polish, and then wax. Is it neccessary to clay bar? I've also heard that it could damage the paint.
    Clay removes contaminants , does that fit the description of your bike ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley View Post
    Clay removes contaminants , does that fit the description of your bike ?
    what do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
    Troll alert! IBTL.

    Either that or a ridiculous joke. It's a bike. Wipe it with Windex and a paper towel. Done and done!
    I haven't even done that in quite a while.
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    But instead of bashing the idea of claying a bicycle, is it safe to do so? I like to ride shiny bikes so I am a clean freak about it.

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    Clay is probably a waste of time. Wash it, spray wax, and buff; I actually use lemon furniture wax, like Pledge because it cleans light dirt very well, the sheen is superlative, it's super fast, and it smells good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
    clay is probably a waste of time. Wash, and let it air-dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCyclist View Post
    I've heard that clay bar goes before waxing, but I usually just wash, maybe polish, and then wax. Is it neccessary to clay bar? I've also heard that it could damage the paint.
    If you're restoring a nice old C&V bicycle (this post should be in the C&V forum) the clay can clear the painted surface better than any chemical cleaner (be sure to use a lubricant and follow directions) . But more modern bicycles have clear coats that may (or may not) be damaged. And some old stickers and decals are a concern as well. The clay would be used on a "frame"... not so much a bicycle. But if your restoration is stripped down to painted metal it might be a good time to clay the finish extra smooth. A quality original painted surface that looks great can mean a lot in the price/value of a C&V bicycle.

    Not all cyclists appreciate flawless looking bicycles (just like most motorist don't really wash/wax their cars ether). I like keeping mine as clean as the day I bought it. Of course.... I am not always successful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCyclist View Post
    But instead of bashing the idea of claying a bicycle, is it safe to do so? I like to ride shiny bikes so I am a clean freak about it.
    There are a lot of people on this forum that seem to believe that a bike is ONLY for purpose and not to be looked at. Though, There are a handful of us around that also appreciate a bike that shines as well. I dont know if using a clay bar is really all that worth while. The surface area is fairly minimal compared to a car. I just use a cleaner wax, then throw on Meguiars Ultimate and its good to go. The difference you would see in using a clay bar would be minimal, BUT if you want to use a clay bar, I doubt it would hurt anything.

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    Modern paint jobs are not intended to be ground on by polishing compounds except for exceptional situations of finish repair. Doing too much is as bad as doing too little. All that grinding, polishing, and waxing is for you, not the bike. Clear coat is the modern paint protectant, not wax.
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    I wouldn't bother with the clay. There shouldn't be so many contaminants on the paint of the bike that it needs it. Plus, bike paint isn't like car paint, it doesn't have nearly as deep of layers or clearcoat so it doesn't hold dirt as much and isnt as scratched up by it. I would use Bug and Tar remover to get nasty stuff off, followed by spray wax. wipe off and enjoy
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    I never clay my bikes, but I do use some products that I really bought for my car. My favorite is Klasse all-in-one which has a very mild solvent and leaves a shiny acrylic protective coat. It won't hurt your bike at all, and I've been using it for over a decade.

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    I used to clay my car often, but I wouldn't do it on a bike. I don't know what modern paint proceses on bikes are like, but I doubt they are clear coated in the same way a modern car is painted, so I'd be leery of claying down a bike frame. The most I would do is use a nonabrasive polish if you're a stickler for maximum shinyness.

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    I sandblast and repaint after every ride. That's why I have two bikes, because the paint takes a day to dry....
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    I wash my bike when it gets particularly filthy. Beyond that, nope.
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    I use a pressure washer

    Seriously clay is good for older cars that are outside a lot and the paint gets hit with crap at at 80 mph. It's a waste of time on bikes. If you want it to look good, use lemon pledge.
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    Finish ride, quick wipe with Costco/Kirkland baby wipe to remove dust, sweat and drink spills. That is it, ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
    I sandblast and repaint after every ride. That's why I have two bikes, because the paint takes a day to dry....
    Really, I don't understand the hostility toward having a shiny bike. Folks argue endlessly about how to save 10 grams, or whether to waste money on ISPs, or whether to spend thousands on automatic transmission. Let this poor OP have a shiny bike.

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    I clay my car... once a year. It's great, for removing built up wax and pollen from trees and flowers. It's great for removing residue from driving on highways... my bike isn't exposed to the types of things that encourage me to clay/wax my car. I think I wash my bike more than my car, so there's that.

    Will it hurt your bike? Not if it's fresh clay. But, what's the point? Maybe worth doing for that once every ten years complete overhaul and detailing but certainly no justifiable reason for doing it even once a year... unless you park your bike outside all day? I just wipe my bike down with a cleaner-wax once in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanS View Post
    Really, I don't understand the hostility toward having a shiny bike. Folks argue endlessly about how to save 10 grams, or whether to waste money on ISPs, or whether to spend thousands on automatic transmission. Let this poor OP have a shiny bike.
    Fine.

    Let him be as obsessive as he will. If he doesn't polish off the finish of his bike, good. If he does, it's nothing to me. I don't care either way. It's his time and if shining his bike is a productive method, in his mind, of spending it---good for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanS View Post
    Really, I don't understand the hostility toward having a shiny bike. Folks argue endlessly about how to save 10 grams, or whether to waste money on ISPs, or whether to spend thousands on automatic transmission. Let this poor OP have a shiny bike.
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