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Old 10-04-04, 10:02 AM
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I just ride. My domestique takes care of everything else...... including washing my bike.
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Old 10-04-04, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
The uneven surface of a golf ball helps it go faster, farther, and stay airborne longer.
A clean bike will have a smooth surface.
True, but a bicycle is not a small, spherical object...


Originally Posted by slvoid
By keeping your bike dirty and crusty with an uneven surface, you will also be able to go faster, farther, and stay airborne longer.
See parasite drag - skin friction: http://142.26.194.131/aerodynamics1/Drag/Page3.html

Now if I could just get my bike to go 300 knots, I'd be all set.
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Old 10-04-04, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by maddtali
Does your Trek manual fail to mention NOT to dip it in a pool and go eazy on the chlorine? I had a boyfriend like you. Read the other replies, clean your bike and get a life.
Err I missed something, who was dipping their bike in the pool?
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Old 10-04-04, 01:32 PM
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I enjoy riding my bikes much more when they are freshly cleaned & polished. But it isn't my favorite thing cleaning them. If I could think of some other way for them to look and perform they way I want, without cleaning them I would.
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Old 10-04-04, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by maddtali
Does your Trek manual fail to mention NOT to dip it in a pool and go eazy on the chlorine? I had a boyfriend like you. Read the other replies, clean your bike and get a life.


What are you Talking about??? I never said a word about a pool! You are telling me to get a life? What is your dealio? You come in here and the first post you make is to tell someone to get a life? I think you are still pi$$ed off cause your boyfriend dumped you for a new SS/fixie!

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Old 10-04-04, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by larue
Err I missed something, who was dipping their bike in the pool?

I must have missed something also larue, and I wrote the thing!!!!!!!
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Old 10-04-04, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by geoduck
I'm more on Ranger's wavelength; I'm fanatical about my drivetrain, but the rest of the bike suffers on it's own.

But damn, that drivetrain is clean! I love the look of shiny cogs and chain, and how a freshly cleaned and lubed drivetrain shifts, with no sound at all.

However, I've got the chain and rear wheel off the bike (drying after a degreaser bath); before I put them back on tonight, I'll likely wipe down the rear triangle and all associated bits.

Oh yeah, I did remove, clean, and regrease my derailleur pulleys this afternoon; now that's love!

Damn Duck!!, and i thought i was the only one that also takes off the pulleys to clean and relube , I too am a cleanaholic...
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Old 10-04-04, 04:09 PM
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I clean my drivetrain first, using the Park chain cleaner and Simple green. While I'm waiting for the chain to dry I wipe the bike down with a wet washcloth and a bucket of water. If it's really dirty, I'll put a little dishwashing detergent in it and then wipe it down with a washcloth and water. Then I oil the chain. I do this about every two weeks. If there's an organized ride coming up, I'll do it the day before. I want my bike to look as clean as possible at the start.
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To me, cleaning my bikes is a chore. I like a quiet bike, but could care less about the visual cleanliness. My solution was to move to Colorado. Very little rain, mud, or bike cleaning...

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I don't thoroughly enjoy it, but if it needs it, then I do it.
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Old 10-04-04, 07:12 PM
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I was inspired by this thread to clean my bikes. Spent most of the time taking care of my road bike, cleaning up everything. And then I put a bit of oil on the chain. It's more silent and smooth now, and looks like new. My gf was almost jealous that I was not spending that time with her.
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