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Old 07-29-16, 06:12 AM
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Bike wash

Recently got a bottle of Finish Line pink bike wash. It works ok but not exactly cheap.

Got me wondering what everyone uses.

Buck of soapy water with Dawn?
409 ?
Anything to stay away from? Anything gonna eat my paint or weaken carbon?

Also degreasers. Finish line vs. gasoline? Or household chemicals?

Thanks
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Old 07-29-16, 06:24 AM
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soapy water and pledge.
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Old 07-29-16, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
soapy water and pledge.

+1. Things like Windex with ammonia can corrode aluminum parts like headsets.
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Old 07-29-16, 06:32 AM
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Automotive soaps work well for general cleaning, and are made to be gentle on plastics, finishes, rubber, etc.

Degreasers: Dawn dish soap, any citrus degreaser, and this stuff from Dollar Store called "Totally Awesome".
They are all biodegradeable, not harsh on the bike or the environment.

If riding in dry/dusty conditions, all it may need is a quick spritz of water. Save the soaps for another day.

Drying is important.
I use compressed air. a leaf blower might work too.
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Old 07-29-16, 07:02 AM
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Plain water, unless it has gotten really dirty, then some Dawn mixes in.
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Old 07-29-16, 07:12 AM
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fyi - if you use Walmart's spray chain cleaner it will kill your grass
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Old 07-29-16, 07:18 AM
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Clean the bike well, wax and then the bike comes clean with a damp rag. That's all. You don't have to spend money on cleaning products.

Harsh dish washing soap like dawn dulls the paint. Degreasers are for parts which are removed from the bike.

I would never use compressed air to dry a bike. Runs the risk of blowing water past bearing seals.


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Old 07-29-16, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Clean the bike well, wax and then the bike comes clean with a damp rag. That's all. You don't have to spend money on cleaning products.

Harsh dish washing soap like dawn dulls the paint. Degreasers are for parts which are removed from the bike.

I would never use compressed air to dry a bike. Runs the risk of blowing water past bearing seals.


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Not high pressure air, and not too close. I have well water, and need to get it dry so as not to leave mineral deposits.
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Old 07-29-16, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Splatface View Post
Recently got a bottle of Finish Line pink bike wash. It works ok but not exactly cheap.
Wow I didn't know that marketing for cleaning products was so granular that you could buy something specially made for pink bikes.

I just use whatever I can find - car wash soap, dish soap, often just Pledge(tm) on a rag.
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Old 07-29-16, 08:25 AM
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Hot soapy water with Dawn, usually after chain cleaning to get the spatter off the chain stays.

I may try some sort of finish to see if it helps prevent mud sticking to the frame. That's usually the biggest maintenance annoyance after riding gravel or poorly maintained paved roads.
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Old 07-29-16, 08:35 AM
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Warm water with Murphy's Oil Soap. Citrus-based degreaser for the drivetrain, if needed.
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Water with car wash soap or Dawn -- whichever is closer when I get the bucket and brush out.
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Dawn in a bucket with water. After drying using an air compressor I lube applicable parts and apply Turtle Wax Ice to the frame with a soft cloth.
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I pay someone to wash my bike.
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Old 07-29-16, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by SkunkWerX View Post
Not high pressure air, and not too close. I have well water, and need to get it dry so as not to leave mineral deposits.
That makes perfect sense.
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Old 07-29-16, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Splatface View Post
Recently got a bottle of Finish Line pink bike wash. It works ok but not exactly cheap.

Got me wondering what everyone uses.

Buck of soapy water with Dawn?
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Anything to stay away from? Anything gonna eat my paint or weaken carbon?

Also degreasers. Finish line vs. gasoline? Or household chemicals?

Thanks
Don't use gasoline! Very dangerous! Use diesel, kerosene, or mineral spirits for degreasing, or any of the water-soluble products. Harbor Freight has some concentrated water-based degreasers that they sell for use in their parts washing tanks. It's pretty good.

I use Simple Green, or the purple stuff, very dilute, for cleaning. If you dry with compressed air, you could drive water into bearings, so be aware, and be careful.
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Old 07-29-16, 02:45 PM
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just a damp cloth
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Baby wipes.

They will clean anything, seriously. My son is 4 and doesnt need them anymore but I still buy them because they work for everything.

Cork/foam bar tape even. Just wipe down real quick -
(Plus, you can wipe the tape dry instead of having to wait for it to dry all day/night since they dont soak the tape)
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Old 07-29-16, 06:02 PM
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I use the Finish Line spray for a quick clean, Dawn with water when I want to do a through job. After I do the through job, I dry the bike(s) and apply Bike Lust.
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Old 07-29-16, 07:27 PM
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As far as soap, I just use Blue Coral car wash soap I get at the auto parts store. It's what I wash my cars with to. It has no waxes or finishes just soap. I never take water to my road bikes. I wipe them down with a damp towel only when they get really dirty. I only take water to my mountain bike if it is caked with dirt and then judiciously wash with the Blue Coral.
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Old 07-29-16, 09:31 PM
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No buckets. No water. No soap.

Pledge Multi Surface on microfiber shop towels I get at Costco. Spray on the cloth and wipe down. Very easy, and because it doesn't make a big wet mess I can clean every nook and cranny in the comfort of my carpeted garage.

I second the baby wipes suggestion. I'm not sure what's in them, but I have a pack in my office for unexpected cleanups I might have to do. They work very well. They cut through damn near everything and leave a nice scent. I would use them more often if the Pledge wasn't so much cheaper.


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Old 07-30-16, 05:42 PM
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$6.00 pump-it-up 1 gallon spray bottle from Lowes, 4 tablespoons of Dawn with 1 gallon of tap water. Spray it on after a crusty ride and rinse it off with the garden hose. No wax products, too lazy.
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