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Do you sanitize your bike?

Old 09-22-18, 03:11 PM
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Do you sanitize your bike?

you know, those disinfecting wipes you use for kitchen, bathroom, etc? ummm, several bike surfaces, like saddle, bar & levers, could use some cleaning. I've recently started to do this, but don't know why- not sure what problem I'm solving. Am I wasting time?
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Old 09-22-18, 03:22 PM
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Ride more.
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Old 09-22-18, 03:23 PM
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I do not
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Old 09-22-18, 03:23 PM
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Is this some kind of a joke ??
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Old 09-22-18, 03:24 PM
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IMHO
Ride more ... sanitize less.
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Old 09-22-18, 03:25 PM
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Not at all. I did the same in San Sebastien, once. Mind you, I'd had a puncture miles from the hotel, and Sanytol wipes were all I could find to clean me, the chain, the gears etc.

Really handy if you have no access to running water. If you have access to water, soap and a bucket, then it's time to rethink your cycle hygiene philosophy
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Old 09-22-18, 03:26 PM
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The whole world is already over sanitized.
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Old 09-22-18, 03:30 PM
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Well, when I'm drinking and riding, naturally I spill some on me and the bike. I mean, it's not 200 proof, but it's up there since I'm downing it straight. Does that count?
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Old 09-22-18, 03:31 PM
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Doesn't everyone own an autoclave big enough to fit their bike in? Better have stainless and titanium everything if you're autoclaving your bike.

Some people scrub down their bikes daily. Others more like monthly or yearly... or when some major component needs replaced (replace chain + clean sprockets & derailleurs).

There are very few diseases that you will catch from yourself. And, the majority of environmental germs are not harmful. Perhaps your biggest risk would be loaner bikes in a bike shop, or something, but even that is minimal.
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Old 09-22-18, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by epnnf View Post
you know, those disinfecting wipes you use for kitchen, bathroom, etc? ummm, several bike surfaces, like saddle, bar & levers, could use some cleaning. I've recently started to do this, but don't know why- not sure what problem I'm solving. Am I wasting time?
Is this a serious question???

Yet another foo of general cycling thread. .
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Old 09-22-18, 03:54 PM
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Are you referring to those bike cleaning the contact points of those bike share bikes?
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Old 09-22-18, 03:59 PM
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Just lick the tires clean and leave the rest.
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Old 09-22-18, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
Just lick the tires clean and leave the rest.

But wear a bib, of course. Don't wanna get your freshly-ironed white shirt or silk tie dirty. Wear gloves too. or better yet, clean the bike while it's inside a glove box.
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Old 09-22-18, 04:36 PM
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I don't even use anti-bacterial soap on my body, why would I sanitize my bike ??
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Old 09-22-18, 05:06 PM
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I coughed up part of a Clif bar the other day. It landed on my Garmin. When I tried to wipe it off, I somehow switched it off and didnt save my ride data. Keeping things too clean is sometimes more trouble that its worth. 🤔
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Old 09-22-18, 06:58 PM
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I actually do use Lysol wipes for a quick wipe down on the bike. For convenience though, not trying to sanitize anything.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:02 PM
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Hello Mr. Monk. Sorry to hear your TV series was cancelled.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:05 PM
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Hello Mr. Monk. Sorry to hear your TV series was cancelled.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:13 PM
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Boil the bike.
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Old 09-22-18, 07:38 PM
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There are only two times I clean any of my bikes.
1. When something starts to malfunction.
2. Once a year weather it needs it or not.
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Old 09-22-18, 09:35 PM
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Ask your doctor if Paxil is right for you.
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Ask your doctor if Paxil is right for you.
Brilliant.
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Old 09-22-18, 10:22 PM
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Old 09-22-18, 10:23 PM
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I wipe down the spin bike bars & seat after the gym class,

but should really do it before as well.


Occasionally clean some part of the bike with alcohol so I guess the chainstay gets sanitized once or twice a year.
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Old 09-22-18, 10:42 PM
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The only time I sanitise my bicycles is when I'm flying overseas with them. Some countries can be a picky about things like a bit of dirt on the tyres.
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