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Old 10-31-16, 09:42 AM
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canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
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Regarding cleaning for cosmetic purposes, it's really a personal thing. One of my group ride buddies is pretty meticulous about keeping his rides clean, and they look darned good. For the various Halloween rides the past week he's ridden a sleek looking Electra cruiser he bought for around $50, fixed up nicely and decorated with all sorts of lights and glowwinkies on the wheels and frame. Last night I told him he had the cleanest rear derailer I'd ever seen outside of a new bike in the shop. The red jockey wheel sparkled (I'm guessing anodized aluminum).

Me, I just worry about the moving parts. I might wash my bikes once a month, just a quick swipe with a bucket of water and Dawn out in the yard. I wouldn't even do that if the bikes didn't have to stay in my living room between rides. Right now my black and blue mountain bike looks gray from riding the dusty gravel trail yesterday. I'll clean it, but mostly I'm concerned about the chain and sprocket wear so I'll clean it.
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