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Old 04-07-17, 12:47 PM
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Tub O Towels & bike chains

I've been seeing this product advertised on the Velocity channel & it got me thinking: "this sounds perfect for a quick chain wipe down before riding, much simpler than my current system".
I have never used these (yet) so it is an unknown what solvent these disposable wipes are soaked in. Or how durable or "scrubby" the cloth is. But: it looks like a potential winner of a product if it enables a rider to get out the door & into their ride quickly with a cleaner chain, one that you could then apply your favorite chain lube to before embarking on your journey.
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
I've been seeing this product advertised on the Velocity channel & it got me thinking: "this sounds perfect for a quick chain wipe down before riding, much simpler than my current system".
I have never used these (yet) so it is an unknown what solvent these disposable wipes are soaked in. Or how durable or "scrubby" the cloth is. But: it looks like a potential winner of a product if it enables a rider to get out the door & into their ride quickly with a cleaner chain, one that you could then apply your favorite chain lube to before embarking on your journey.
An old towel works just as well: wipe down chain, lube then wipe down again.
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Old 04-07-17, 03:42 PM
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Clorox disinfecting wipes containing no bleach. Perfect.
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These are good. Very absorbent/lint free.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Affordabl...101#about-item
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I've never used them on my bikes but I do use them to clean the grease off my tools. Good stuff,IMO. And yeah, the commercial on Velocity sold it for me. lol
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Baby wipes are also great at grease removal for bike and hands and half the price of TOT. Get the unscented version if you value your relationships with your riding buddies.
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Originally Posted by Crankycrank View Post
Baby wipes are also great at grease removal for bike and hands and half the price of TOT. Get the unscented version if you value your relationships with your riding buddies.
Or you might make some new, special, friends :-O
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Old 04-12-17, 01:18 PM
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Just an update: I bought a 90 count container of these @ Home Depot for about $12.50. My first reaction: awesome product. I got all kind of forgotten grunge off my front & rear dearaulleurs, my frame, hubs, rims, spokes, tires even. They come out of the tub nice & wet. I started with a clean towel & wiped down my frame or things not quite so filthy. As the cloth picked up more black dirt, I used up the towel by wiping down much more dirty things like my chain.
I pre-cleaned my chainrings a bit to remove build up before dropping the chainrings into my ultrasonic cleaner.
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Old 04-12-17, 01:20 PM
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Another thing I noticed. The towels have a nice fragrance & the cleaner in the towel worked well on grease but did not seem overly harsh if I got it on my skin.
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
Another thing I noticed. The towels have a nice fragrance & the cleaner in the towel worked well on grease but did not seem overly harsh if I got it on my skin.
You've been watching too much *****in' Rides.
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Old 04-13-17, 10:46 AM
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You've been watching too much *****in' Rides.
HaHa - yeah, the car shows are fun to watch & the ads go straight into your subconscious.
The thing is, in this instance the product (degreaser wipes) worked great.
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Now we need scented towels to clean our bikes.

This is great.


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I've had good luck with just the regular blue Scott's shop towels. They are cheap, available and any hardware store, and robust enough that I can wad one up in my hand and run the chain through it without getting lint all over the chain. They also soak up oil and grease like a sponge.
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Old 04-14-17, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
Another thing I noticed. The towels have a nice fragrance & the cleaner in the towel worked well on grease but did not seem overly harsh if I got it on my skin.
Has anyone used these strictly as a water-free hand cleaner? I don't really need them for the bike but something for my hands might be useful as I don't have easy access to water in the basement where I work on my bikes.

Whatever you do, don't waste money on those packs of red shop towels you see at some auto parts stores (I have some from Advance Auto Parts). The lint they throw off is ridiculous. I would never use them anywhere where cleanliness is really important, like wiping down bearing surfaces. As a bonus, they're not very absorbent either. Just garbage.
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Old 04-14-17, 09:43 AM
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Other than feeling that one has done something by making the exterior look better, and perhaps reducing leg tattoos, I don't see what good it does to wipe down a chain. Please explain how one can possibly avoid pushing contamination into the chain, which could not only increase wear but block the penetration of lubricant. Yes, a long time ago I used to wipe my chain, lubricate it, and then run it several rev's around to wipe off the excess. But logic prevailed after a while.
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
Clorox disinfecting wipes containing no bleach. Perfect.
+1. I use these, but let the chain dry before applying any lub's.
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Other than feeling that one has done something by making the exterior look better, and perhaps reducing leg tattoos, I don't see what good it does to wipe down a chain. Please explain how one can possibly avoid pushing contamination into the chain, which could not only increase wear but block the penetration of lubricant. Yes, a long time ago I used to wipe my chain, lubricate it, and then run it several rev's around to wipe off the excess. But logic prevailed after a while.
I agree with your premise, to a point. My 7 or so daily rotation bikes are keep in my hanger with the 40' door open every day to SW desert dust and dirt. I wipe everything down before rides except the chain and tires. The only exception is chain re-lube, which without a wipe makes a mess. I just started using Chain-L, yet to re-lube, perhaps it is thick enough that I can skip the wipe and just get excess off the chainrings and RD pulleys.
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A roll of Blue disposable shop towel is like a heavy paper towel ,
You can put the same towel roll holder on the shop wall if you wish..


There is a box pack too, those unwind from the center, you just pull up a fresh one.






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I've been using Orange Goop Ruff Towels for cleaning up things in the garage. Just tried them on the drivetrain of a particularly poorly kept mtn bike (a co-worker's who thought all he needed to do to maintain the bike was oil the chain) and I was quite happy how well they worked. It only took 2 of them to cut through the sludge on the drivetrain enough to evaluate how bad it was, and a third to clean-up the rest of the bike. And my hands actually stayed clean during the process. Good stuff.
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Originally Posted by Crankycrank View Post
Baby wipes are also great at grease removal for bike and hands and half the price of TOT. Get the unscented version if you value your relationships with your riding buddies.
I've used both and I find the T-O-T to be much more effective.
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I use Costco paper towels. Ridiculously cheap in bulk.
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@cny-bikeman --- You must have spring fever and are searching the forum for methods to clean your bike or something and ran across this OLD discussion?
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@cny-bikeman --- You must have spring fever and are searching the forum for methods to clean your bike or something and ran across this OLD discussion?
Oh snap! Rookie mistake.
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