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Old 02-19-23, 09:28 PM
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Hey if NASA had taken that kind of "it can't be done" attitude we never would have landed a man on the sun!

The most thorough possible job on-bike.
(person looks on Amazon for bicycle-sized ultrasonic cleaner...)
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Don’t get it dirty and you don’t have to clean it. All of these are ridden regularly and none of them were cleaned before the pictures. I just don’t use messy lubricants. I got better things to do than clean bicycles.

850 miles into a trip around Lake Michigan. It’s wet because of a drenching rain in the middle of the night but it hasn’t been cleaned from the last trip I took…in 2015.

Compare that to a home brew lubricated bike I’m refurbing for my local co-op. I think they just poured motor oil/mineral spirits all over the bike. Ick!

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Since switching to Squirt not an issue at all. Dawn dish liquid and a brush gets everything spotless. Chain on the big ring and very easy to scrub. Light spray with garden hose. Wipe dry, air dry for a while and relube.

But on my bikes that I use conventional lube, they are never really super clean. Like my tandem, where I regularly suffer from Cat 5 tatoo.
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Never had a freewheel hurt by a self-serve car-wash. If you aim it right, you can get the whole thing spinning backwards, pedals and all, just from the jet. In a Tucson summer, it's dry by the time you're home. Don't forget to blast your white handlebar tape clean, too.
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fwiw I have never found a "quick, thorough method of cleaning the cassette and crankset on the bike" that doesn't just leave the frame in need of cleaning.
At the very least you need to remove the chain, and/or remove the rear wheel...and then, after cleaning the crankset & chainrings, you'll still have to clean the frame but at least that's easier without the chain and/or rear wheel attached.
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