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Old 10-12-18, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Just checking in...

My bike is still dirty.

According to a certain airplane mechanic, you should be dead by now. It's in the owner's manual.
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Old 10-13-18, 01:25 PM
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Some bearings may appear to be sealed it doesn't mean they are air tight. Sealed, in the truest sense. That will keep grease in and contaminants out, and the over zealous bike washer. Some bearings appear to be sealed, until you inspect them closer. I can see how some of the later bearing retainers can get mistaken as shields. I'm not sure where every misconception gets started but if I was a betting man I know where I'd place a few. Then some bearings are called sealed, and are sealed by design. It can be a bit of a misnomer. It isnt meant to misguide anyone or limited to bike bearings but it can be one thing that aids misconceptions.
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Old 10-13-18, 03:23 PM
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leaving the parts in a citrus based cleaner too long

and had the dirt 'anodized' into the silver aluminum.
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Old 10-13-18, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
leaving the parts in a citrus based cleaner too long

and had the dirt 'anodized' into the silver aluminum.
That sounds like it could be plausible with the acid from the citrus and if its the right kind of dirt made up of the right elements. The parts themselves could be statically charged then it just needs a negative source. Am I close
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Just checking in...

My bike is still dirty.
That's considered blasphemy
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Old 10-15-18, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
According to a certain airplane mechanic, you should be dead by now. It's in the owner's manual.
Lol!!

My bike is still dirty damn it!!

Matter of fact I took one of my other bikes out over the weekend and now I have 2 dirty bikes!!!
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Old 10-15-18, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Lol!!

My bike is still dirty damn it!!

Matter of fact I took one of my other bikes out over the weekend and now I have 2 dirty bikes!!!
I'm afraid a house is going to fall on me...I have 8 dirty bikes! Oh, damn, why are these red shoes on my feet?!
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Old 10-16-18, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
According to a certain airplane mechanic, you should be dead by now. It's in the owner's manual.
Nothing like overstating something to make a point.
How and when you want to clean your bike is up to you. Obviously you feel that works for you based on what your experience dictates. What works for me is that I follow what the manufactures provides. If that provides you fodder for some punch line in a joke, go for it. If you want to attach an adjective with the practice of using documents to accomplish maintenance on bikes, feel free. I am hoping you reply to this with the usual decorum, I find it so entertaining! Thanks!
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Old 10-16-18, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by sirkaos View Post
Nothing like overstating something to make a point.
How and when you want to clean your bike is up to you. Obviously you feel that works for you based on what your experience dictates. What works for me is that I follow what the manufactures provides. If that provides you fodder for some punch line in a joke, go for it. If you want to attach an adjective with the practice of using documents to accomplish maintenance on bikes, feel free. I am hoping you reply to this with the usual decorum, I find it so entertaining! Thanks!

Sorry we can't all be as classy as you, Mr. Foot Rub Mic Drop.

Show me a manual that says to clean your bike after every ride. I double dog dare you. And no, "regular cleaning" does not mean every time you ride.
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Old 10-16-18, 02:11 PM
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Appreciate the quick reply!

This is probably where common sense might kick in, kinda like when you go to flip the 50 amp circuit breaker on the spa before you replace the 115v recirculating pump.

Regular cleaning in your book, might mean once a month. Fine, do as you like, I really don't care. Why you are so interested in why and how often I clean my bike, meh....

While we have good weather in my area, on average I do about 120 -140 miles a week on my Spesh Roubaix road bike. I am riding less on the MUP trails which are generally smooth and cleaner. I am riding more on the pot hole filled county maintained roads where there is more climbing and descending involved. Because I do a quick wipe down cleaning of the bike after a ride, I have caught, slightly loose spokes I can tension up, minor dragging disc calipers that needed a minor adjustment, garage sale sign staples stuck in my tires, on and on. Because I chose to take the time to wipe down the bike and check things, it is a way to catch things before they break. Its called "preventative maintenance". This works for me and many others in BF.

Relax, breathe, try decaf, and maybe realize that just because someone out there does something different than you, its OK.!
Cheers and safe riding!!
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Originally Posted by sirkaos View Post
Appreciate the quick reply!

This is probably where common sense might kick in, kinda like when you go to flip the 50 amp circuit breaker on the spa before you replace the 115v recirculating pump.

Regular cleaning in your book, might mean once a month. Fine, do as you like, I really don't care. Why you are so interested in why and how often I clean my bike, meh....

While we have good weather in my area, on average I do about 120 -140 miles a week on my Spesh Roubaix road bike. I am riding less on the MUP trails which are generally smooth and cleaner. I am riding more on the pot hole filled county maintained roads where there is more climbing and descending involved. Because I do a quick wipe down cleaning of the bike after a ride, I have caught, slightly loose spokes I can tension up, minor dragging disc calipers that needed a minor adjustment, garage sale sign staples stuck in my tires, on and on. Because I chose to take the time to wipe down the bike and check things, it is a way to catch things before they break. Its called "preventative maintenance". This works for me and many others in BF.

Relax, breathe, try decaf, and maybe realize that just because someone out there does something different than you, its OK.!
Cheers and safe riding!!

I love how you posted posts about the length of War and Peace on this thread, each post more hysterical than the previous, and then tell me I'm the one who needs to chill.

I really don't have any problem with you being somewhat obsessive about your cleaning, it was the absurd lengths you went to trash people who don't share your enthusiasm that made you the target of ridicule (and not just by me).
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Old 10-17-18, 09:22 AM
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Guys,

What should I do here?


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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Guys,

What should I do here?


Get a new bike. That one is sideways.
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Old 10-17-18, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Guys,

What should I do here?


Slam the stem.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Guys,

What should I do here?


That thing is about to aspolde into a million pieces! To quote King Aurthur: "Run away! Run away!"
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
That thing is about to aspolde into a million pieces! To quote King Aurthur: "Run away! Run away!"

That's not the real risk--sitting on that bike is going to give him tetanus.
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Convert it to FG.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
That's not the real risk--sitting on that bike is going to give him tetanus.
Piffle! That's just good clean dirt. It's not like it's pathogenic cow poop (which is still on my bike!)
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Piffle! That's just good clean dirt. It's not like it's pathogenic cow poop (which is still on my bike!)

OK, I'm drawing a judgmental line here--if you can smell your bike, it definitely needs cleaning.
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Originally Posted by livedarklions View Post
OK, I'm drawing a judgmental line here--if you can smell your bike, it definitely needs cleaning.
Same is true for the rider.
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Mistakes ..
Using chemicals without gloves
Clothes damage from chemicals

using a rag or cloth when I could have saved time and knuckles using a brush

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-Unive...56DS/202214683

Any brand fridge coil brush will work... I'm not brand or store loyal ... quick and easy

A few minutes of clean keeps away more maintenance later. But don't be fooled... Even gentle water pressure does get water on bearings and inside seat tubes ect.. Correct lube keeps it safe tho. Imyoe ymmv
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