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Old 10-05-12, 06:45 PM
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how meticulous are you with bike care?

It had been almost a month since I last cleaned my wife's and my bikes. They are never very dirty but I'm pretty meticulous so both chains were removed and totally cleaned, wheels were cleaned including the cogs (not removed), chainrings cleaned, frames cleaned and waxed/polished, deraileurs cleaned and oiled, etc. New chips were painted over with touchup paint (we ride side by side and that takes its toll with little rocks thrown at each others bikes). I expect my bike to be silent while riding. It made me wonder how meticulous other people are...I looked for other threads but I didn't find a good search term...
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As a life long pro wrench I have conflicting motivations about this subject. I chose pretty consertive components, easy to service and take more then a few miles to need it. Still i go through periods of doing more frequent cleaning and months of less. Some of this is driven by my stress from work, the cobler's kids..., some by the upcoming event that I wish to look good for. Andy.
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I try to clean my road frames when they get visibly dirty. Just a wipe down with diluted Simple Grean. I clean/lube the drivetrain every 200 miles or so. I will do a more thorough cleaning/breakdown over the winter.

The MTB, however, gets cleaned after every ride for obvious reasons.
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I clean my bikes when they need it and keep them in great working order, but I don't obsess over them.
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Usually after every 100 or so miles I clean the frame off. Usually its just road dust and wipes off with a dry cloth. around every 200 miles I clean the chain, derailleurs, cassette, and all other slightly dirty parts. That being said my bike always very clean and since its my fair weather bike it doesn't really ever get dirty.
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My bikes are kept in 100% perfect mechanical condition, and run silently. But I don't put much time and effort into them (oil chain at 1k mikes, fix things as needed which isn't often, service bearings at about 5k miles.

So none of my bikes are showpieces by any stretch of the imagination, all have lots of all weather mileage and look it.
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Old 10-05-12, 09:36 PM
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I ride either my daily rider roadbike or my rainy weather bike to work every day and on most errands too. So I don't obsess over their cleanliness, or I'd spend all my free time cleaning them. Every few weeks, I spray them down with Simple Green, then (gently, avoiding decals and bearings) hose them down with a pressure washer, after which I (not so gently) pressure wash the chain and cluster. The bike drips dry, I lube the chain and oil pivot points. Done. I do have a couple of fun ride bikes that don't have to earn their keep every day. I wash them the same way - but not as often, since they don't get as dirty.
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Old 10-05-12, 09:49 PM
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I almost never clean my bikes.

For scratches, I wipe the area with alcohol and then put clear fingernail polish over it. I don't hide the natural relicing of my bikes.

I make sure though, that they are in good mechanical order and safe to ride. And I check the brakes and tires alot, for safety.
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Why clean it? It's just gonna get dirty again.
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10-15 minutes a month, and all my bikes are in perfect working condition...
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I'm meticulous about lubing my chain and hosing off any grime after a ride in the rain but I see no value in polishing the frame etc. Oh, I also like to drop some tri-flow on my guy's derailer pins every 6 months or so.
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People have told me that i must never ride my bikes because they are always so clean and shiny... despite the obvious evidence of wear these bikes get.

bwahahahahahaha !

A little wipe down when needed goes a long way (and only takes minutes) and many of these folks have never seen my bikes in the winter when they are covered in crud, save for the squeaky clean drivetrains.
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I will oil the chain periodically and check the air pressure...otherwise, my main chore bike, I haven't even finished polishing the light surface rust off it yet...it gets the job done, and that's what I need. Otherwise stuff is looked at annually if it's not causing trouble.
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
It had been almost a month since I last cleaned my wife's and my bikes. They are never very dirty but I'm pretty meticulous so both chains were removed and totally cleaned, wheels were cleaned including the cogs (not removed), chainrings cleaned, frames cleaned and waxed/polished, deraileurs cleaned and oiled, etc. New chips were painted over with touchup paint (we ride side by side and that takes its toll with little rocks thrown at each others bikes). I expect my bike to be silent while riding. It made me wonder how meticulous other people are...I looked for other threads but I didn't find a good search term...
Overkill.

All our bikes are singlespeed, except for one FG, and those need very, very little maintenance. I guess you have derailleurs on yours. Still... you're too busy, for your own (and maybe your bike's) good.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Why clean it? It's just gonna get dirty again.
+1

A dirty bike means it's being ridden.

Though I do wipe down the chain a few times a year - just before lubing it.
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
It had been almost a month since I last cleaned my wife's and my bikes. They are never very dirty but I'm pretty meticulous so both chains were removed and totally cleaned, wheels were cleaned including the cogs (not removed), chainrings cleaned, frames cleaned and waxed/polished, deraileurs cleaned and oiled, etc. New chips were painted over with touchup paint (we ride side by side and that takes its toll with little rocks thrown at each others bikes). I expect my bike to be silent while riding. It made me wonder how meticulous other people are...I looked for other threads but I didn't find a good search term...
I wipe off the chain and lubricate it with White Lightning whenever it's less silent, every couple hundred miles in dry weather and at least twice as often when it gets rainy. With an offensive amount of grime on cogs and rings I'll wipe that off too. This seems to work fine - the last of my nine speed (C9) chains made it past 5000 miles before reaching 1/32" of stretch and I forgot how many chains I ran on that cassette.

I don't like dirt on my hands so I wipe off the road grime with mineral spirits during the rainy season when it's bad enough to make my hands dirty. I do the same to individual components when I service them, like greasing hubs, replacing a brake spring that's failed due to fatigue, or cleaning derailleur upper and lower pivots because the rear derailleur is getting sticky and allowing chain slack after shifting to a smaller cog. That's infrequent.

I ride a titanium frame with no paint to chip or touch up. It looks better after 16 years than my last steel frame did half that time.

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digibud, My mountain bike see the most care because it recieves the most abuse. It's checked after every ride and minimally the drivetrain is cleaned w/WD40, blown dry with the air compressor and the chain usually lubed with parrifin. The road bikes are generally checked after each ride and then every 200-400 miles or so, the chain cleaned and lubed with parrifin or petroleum lube, a general nuts and bolts walk through, function checks and wheel and tire checks.

In a nutshell all the bikes are ready at a moment's notice with just a tire fill. I am somewhat OCD with the drive train, I suppose.

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Wow. I do yearly maintenance on mine.
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I wipe my commuter down after a rainy ride, and wash it properly every couple of months. Other than lubing the chain when it gets noisy I don't do much. If I sense a problem, I will fix right away though.

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Wipe it down and lube it when it starts squeaking or something starts rattling. Any time it's up in the stand for any kind of issue is a great excuse to clean it up.
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As a life long maintence engineer, I take exceptional care of my bikes. At the Rans Rally Randy was amazed that my Stratus was 4 years old and had 10,000 miles on it.

There is just one thing to understand about a machine. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. You have to remember it is just a machine, it does not love you and it does not hate you. Just keep it maintained, and it will alway be ready for a short ride around town or a cross country ride.
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My daily ride is an IGH, replace worn chain and hub cog, adjust the disc pads as they wear,

It's a Rohloff, so It got its anniversary oil change, cog was flipped over, because it was made to do so.

not quite as smooth as a new cog , but good enough for now.

I like Black anodizing , because it does not need polishing..
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I'm quite meticulous about keeping my bike clean and it also helps that I'm mostly a fair weather rider. What really helps keep my bikes running well and looking good is avoiding exposing the bike to too much moisture when cleaning it. I usually just use WD40 and Pledge furniture polish on my bikes. Using such avoids introduction of water into sensitive areas like bearings and seatpost/stem frame contact points that a garden hose or pressure washer might do, so I never have any corrosion or pats seizure problems on any of my bikes. It also helps to store/park the bike indoors so they don't get exposed to rain, pollution fallout and condensation for temperature swings during the day.

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Wow, some of you are quite meticulous! Not me. I do clean my bikes when they get obviously dirty, but for sure not after every ride. My commute bike (DaHon folder) is IGH so I just lube that chain with White Lightning. I'll wipe it off while it's up in the stand but I don't check every square inch for dirt.

My primary and secondary road bikes get cleaned and maintained when they need it, not just for the pure sake of doing it. Although, if I'm prepping a bike for a big event (usually a double century) it does get a complete look at and check.

My mountain bike and fixed gear bike get cleaned and maintained when they need it only. Probably about time to clean the fixed gear bike . . .

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