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Old 01-01-20, 07:38 AM
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I use the citrus wipes from Clorox or Lysol. They are surprisingly effective, low-cost and may provide some protection when I inevitably nick my hands and fingers. I don't like the smell on my hands so I use nitrile gloves. These wipes will also remove some tarnish from oxidized spokes and steel parts. There are no drips to worry about and no rinsing required so handy to use indoors.
Beat me too it. I find Lysol wipes do a great job cleaning the grimiest of bikes. They are great for getting into all the little nooks and crannys.
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Being an apartment dweller it isn't easy to clean a filthy bike, so I load it in the car with an old bottle brush and simple green and hit the car wash.
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Being an apartment dweller it isn't easy to clean a filthy bike, so I load it in the car with an old bottle brush and simple green and hit the car wash.
Well, I have always lived in a house and/or a summer cottage and/or a Jamaican villa. That said, it is the car wash idea that one must take great care with. On a VeloSport, the high pressure wash washed off the paint, getting underneath and lifting large pieces suddenly and without warning. High pressure can also and WILL enter bearing cavities, diminishing the effect of the lubricant.

That said, and only offering a warning to those learning. This old Bottecchia was loosing paint faster than grime when I hit it with the local car wash wand spray...

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That's why they invented bathtubs...
Nah, kitchen sink. It's the perfect setup.

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That's why they invented bathtubs...

Been there done that...
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