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Old 03-21-12, 12:46 PM   #1
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Hand Cleaner

This may seem like an odd question but here it goes!
I just finished replacing a tube on my mountain bike and in the process got my hands dirty and greasy. Not a big deal to get dirty but would be nice to get all the yuk off before continuing the tour.

So....my question is...what do you carry (if anything) to clean up after making repairs while on a tour?
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Something like Camp Suds or Dr. Bonner's soap. Both are liquid. You can wash your skin, hair and and dishes with them. You can even brush your teeth with Camp Suds (Don't know if that's true for Bonner's, but I suspect so.) Something like that and a sponge with that green scrubby surface on one side should do the trick.
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I always have wipes handy when touring. The wipes take care of the dirt, but not the grease. Wait 'til the next c store for that. As you know, chain grease is as bad as it gets. Thankfully, doesn't happen often enough to be much of an issue.
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Nitrile gloves......keeps 99% off of me,for the rest,I already carry soap.Come in handy for other things also.You can make rubber bands,carry water,cold/wet weather glove liners...

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Cheap, single-use latex gloves work pretty good as long as you're careful and don't snag them on sharp edges. No clean up required. They're sold in small packs, but are cheaper in boxes of 50 or 100 at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

You can spend more for nitrile gloves, usually blue/purple in color - they have the added benefit of limited solvent resistance, plus they don't tear as easily as latex gloves.

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Shampoo. Go take a shower and wash your hair, it'll clean your hands every time.
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A pumice-based hand cleaner such as GoJo or Fast Orange will work best. Alcohol or soap based cleaners or solvents do little to attack the grease without the added friction. You can provide that friction using something like a pumice stone, or most often, your fingernails. The pumice cleaners will leave your hands very clean, and feeling fantastic too You can get a small bottle at most local hardware stores.
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Nitrile gloves......keeps 99% off of me,for the rest,I already carry soap.Come in handy for other things also.You can make rubber bands,carry water,cold/wet weather glove liners...
This is what I do. It is also convenient to bring someone along who likes doing the repair work, then you just prepare snacks while the repair is done.
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I usually carry some latex gloves and baby wipes.
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Something like Camp Suds or Dr. Bonner's soap. Both are liquid. You can wash your skin, hair and and dishes with them. You can even brush your teeth with Camp Suds (Don't know if that's true for Bonner's, but I suspect so.) Something like that and a sponge with that green scrubby surface on one side should do the trick.
I think you probably can use Dr Bronner's for cleaning your teeth. We use it for laundry, dishes, shower etc. Great stuff.
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Here's a little secret: Dymon Scrubs. I use their Scrubs-in-a-Bucket for all bicycle, automotive, and motorcycle maintenance at home. They're also available in resealable 10-towel packs (Scrubs-in-a-Pack) which would be perfect for touring. My local Fastenal carries them for around $5, though they seem to sell out quickly. Dymon claims that single-towel packs are available, though I've never seen them. Anyway, they're a heavy-duty towel (textured on one side to increase scrubbing power) with a citrus cleaner that's perfect for cleaning grease, oils, and dirt off your hands. Highly recommended...
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I carry latex gloves and wipes in my first aid kit. I've never had to use them for first aid, but have update the stock every year to use for repairs.

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Baby wipes ... dirt gone, grease gone, and everything clean and fresh smelling.
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I don't know if it would be good for touring but Dove bar soap really cuts the grease and grime off your hands. It seems to work better than other kinds of bar soap.
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Baby wipes ... dirt gone, grease gone, and everything clean and fresh smelling.
I suppose this could be better as the start of another thread but flushable wipes are what I use for hand cleaning and I can't think how I could tour without them for other more germane reasons.
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Baby wipes ... dirt gone, grease gone, and everything clean and fresh smelling.
X2 if it can clean baby poo it can remove anything
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Are you guys all serious? I just wipe my hands on my pants and go. If I hit up someplace with a bathroom later, I`ll wash up. Really.
I know some people are cleaner than that, but everybody?
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I'd rather not get grease all over my shorts and handlebar tape.

The thing with baby wipes is that they ...
-- come in a small convenient package
-- can be used to clean up grease and dirt on hands, legs, and the bicycle itself
-- can be used to clean up sweat salt in order to prevent saddle sores
-- can be used to freshen up on hot days
-- can be used for toilet purposes
-- can be used as handkerchiefs/kleenexes when dried

Therefore, they meet the cycletouring guideline that each item we pack with us has more than one purpose.
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I'd rather not get grease all over my shorts and handlebar tape.

The thing with baby wipes is that they ...
-- come in a small convenient package
-- can be used to clean up grease and dirt on hands, legs, and the bicycle itself
-- can be used to clean up sweat salt in order to prevent saddle sores
-- can be used to freshen up on hot days
-- can be used for toilet purposes
-- can be used as handkerchiefs/kleenexes when dried

Therefore, they meet the cycletouring guideline that each item we pack with us has more than one purpose.
And they are available just about everywhere...Drug stores, Dollar stores, Grocery stores, Corner stores, Big Box stores, etc.

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Are you guys all serious? I just wipe my hands on my pants and go. If I hit up someplace with a bathroom later, I`ll wash up.
Me too. If careful I don't usually get very dirty or greasy any way.

On the TA it was worse because I was maintaining three bikes and I carried a tube of waterless hand cleaner and a rag, but since then have not bothered.
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Are you guys all serious? I just wipe my hands on my pants and go. If I hit up someplace with a bathroom later, I`ll wash up.
+1. Or a bandana. I am not going to wash my hands by the side of the road if they get dirty/greasy from repair work.

BTW...Forgot to mention that I have used sun block to remove grease. Someone mentioned this trick to my GF and it works well.
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100ml bottle of shampoo (or dish detergent).
keep it in a ziplock baggie along with a few gas
station paper towels in the rear mesh pocket of your
panniers.
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Cheap, single-use latex gloves work pretty good as long as you're careful and don't snag them on sharp edges. No clean up required. They're sold in small packs, but are cheaper in boxes of 50 or 100 at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

You can spend more for nitrile gloves, usually blue/purple in color - they have the added benefit of limited solvent resistance, plus they don't tear as easily as latex gloves.
Some of the fast food stores issue disposable gloves to their sandwich making staff, I have asked them for a few pair but for home use I eventually bought a box of these when they were on sale.
http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/wal...377370-product

Such gloves keeps my handlebar tape looking a lot better.

When possible, I clean my wheels before I pull the tire off to fix a flat, tiny bits of debris inside the tire can cause the next tube failure if you are not careful.
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This is what I do. It is also convenient to bring someone along who likes doing the repair work, then you just prepare snacks while the repair is done.
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wipe on a rag, Black handle bar Tape, no problem. wash hands in the Pub Loo/WC.
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