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Old 01-31-21, 12:01 PM
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Just plain old oil on a rag

I was gifted this Gitane from a friend/collector. He picked it up a while back on CL. He never got around to cleaning it up and I showed interest in it. Typical bike boom bike. Probably sat unused for the past 30 or more years. Has some rust issues under the top tube but nothing major.

I haven't rehabbed a bike in a while so my supplies were limited. Tackled some rust on the rims and handlebars with oil and bronze wool. The frame I rinsed with soapy water then went at it with some oil on a rag, scrubbing the caked on grunge. Kept going at it with just an oily rag and the bronze wool on components, no solvents. Turned out great. I think all the solvents and degreasers really arent necessary for bikes. Even the headset that was probably the original grease, completely hardened. Dropped the bearing retainers in soapy water, followed by oil, cleaned them right up.
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Old 01-31-21, 12:10 PM
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That bike cleaned up nicely and is looking really good! I agree most bike cleaning can be done with just soap and water, but I do use Finish Line Bike Wash on frames and rims. Sometimes I use Park Chain Bright de-greaser when necessary but this is a 100% biodegradable plant-based de-greaser and I use it only for very greaser areas like drive-side rear chain stays and bottom bracket shells.
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Old 01-31-21, 12:54 PM
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That ain't "plain old oil", man...that's some TURBO oil!
Actually I have a bottle of the same stuff I bought maybe 25 years ago and it still isn't empty. I recall the hardware store where I got it (Center Hardware for you locals) which has moved locations twice since I bought the oil (and are still in business).
Thinking now maybe that RAG is something special, too...golden fleece/microfiber blend, maybe?
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Old 01-31-21, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
Thinking now maybe that RAG is something special, too...golden fleece/microfiber blend, maybe?
Get my rags from Rivendell. Finest Egyptian cotton, hand woven on centuries old looms by centuries old Egyptians.
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Oil (WD-40) on a rag: that's how I wipe down my bikes after a ride in the winter.
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Get my rags from Rivendell. Finest Egyptian cotton, hand woven on centuries old looms by centuries old Egyptians.
I happen to think the organic sheep wool rags from Rapha are superior.
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I happen to think the organic sheep wool rags from Rapha are superior.
Can you get those at WalMart now?
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I happen to think the organic sheep wool rags from Rapha are superior.
Rags are processed, unnatural and have a huge carbon footprint. I go to the source and use humanely raised pastured grass-fed gluten-free full-body sheep for my polishing needs!
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
Rags are processed, unnatural and have a huge carbon footprint. I go to the source and use humanely raised pastured grass-fed gluten-free full-body sheep for my polishing needs!
I’m also a fan of a damp “any-old cloth/WD-40” composite for a basic wipe down and then use that for the really dirty parts before end of life cycle is reached..

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Rags are processed, unnatural and have a huge carbon footprint. I go to the source and use humanely raised pastured grass-fed gluten-free full-body sheep for my polishing needs!
What if I keep a sheep in my back yard and use it alve to wipe my chain?
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Get my rags from Rivendell. Finest Egyptian cotton, hand woven on centuries old looms by centuries old Egyptians.
Do you get their finest aged wax, hand-made by centuries old bees?
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What if I keep a sheep in my back yard and use it alve to wipe my chain?
See the one in the back? Itís name is Wipperman.
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See the one in the back? Itís name is Wipperman.
Be truthful about what you keep the sheep in the backyard for.
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I've seen that oil at my local HWS. I'm going to pick some up in the event I come across a nice rag.
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This thread is a great example of how after the thread starts to drift the first liar doesn't stand a chance.

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Rags are processed, unnatural and have a huge carbon footprint. I go to the source and use humanely raised pastured grass-fed gluten-free full-body sheep for my polishing needs!
I find that sheep are a bit unwieldy and don't fit into the areas between the chainstays and seatstays. I wait unil lambing season and grab a small one; they are far easier to use and do a much better job. When I take one back to mama she cleans it up so it is ready to use again.
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Be truthful about what you keep the sheep in the backyard for.
When men were men and sheep were...
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When men were men and sheep were...
...scared!
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I find that sheep are a bit unwieldy and don't fit into the areas between the chainstays and seatstays. I wait unil lambing season and grab a small one; they are far easier to use and do a much better job. When I take one back to mama she cleans it up so it is ready to use again.
Ah, but as you can see I ride a large frame
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see the one in the back? It’s name is wipperman.
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Sheep wool is know to be loaded with lanolin, an organic wax. Wiping a bike down with a heathy sheep makes the bike aerodynamically slippery, not to mention shiny!
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