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When was the last time you washed your bike?

Old 07-29-18, 11:43 PM
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When was the last time you washed your bike?

For me I think it was maybe last October.

I remember there was a dead worm on the chainstay for part of the winter.

Might happen soon.
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Old 07-30-18, 04:24 AM
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A couple of weeks ago. A friend was coming over to test ride bikes, and I didn't want them to look bad. They were in pretty good shape - the steel bike had gotten a good washing recently and the rims polished up when the tires got replace a week or so prior, but the Helium needed a bit of scrubbing; it was starting to look dingy with smudges, and the matte paint doesn't just wipe clean.

I used to put the frame in the shower, but I've found lately that it doesn't really need the flowing water, and it's actually a lot easier to clean when held up on a stand.

I don't exactly keep the bikes clean, but they don't get super dirty - I just won't take them to an event or group ride if they aren't presentable. If a bike has gotten dirty, it might get neglected for a while.
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Old 07-30-18, 04:28 AM
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A couple of weeks ago when it rained on a ride. And then I will today, after yesterday's tubeless flat.
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Old 07-30-18, 04:37 AM
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Yesterday. Every 6-10 rides on average.
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Old 07-30-18, 05:14 AM
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Yesterday. Usually every couple of weeks. Lubed the chain as well. It told me it needed it.
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Old 07-30-18, 05:27 AM
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Can't remember ever doing it. I wipe it down on occasion.
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Old 07-30-18, 05:34 AM
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I am about to take a shower with mine.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:17 AM
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I am about to take a shower with mine.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:34 AM
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I'm washing mine about once a week or so. So much dirt and sweat this time of year.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:47 AM
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My oily, glabrous, semitic, scalp produces so much corrosive biocoolant this time of year that the steel relic I work out on needs a quick hose-off after each ride. My sweat has found the microscopic chips on at least three paint jobs and ruined them along with drawers of steel hardware. These days, I buy my metric bolts at marine supply stores.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:54 AM
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Wash it down with a hose or bucket of water? Only a few times a year.
But I baby wipe the sweat off my handlebar tape and I baby wipe my brake pads and rims, about once a week.
It takes less than 90 seconds.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:58 AM
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A glass washing "wand" with a sponge head makes it easy to get in the nooks and crannies without scratching the finish.
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Old 07-30-18, 08:03 AM
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I don't know that I've ever washed mine. But I give it a quick moist wipe down when I hang it up after just about every ride.
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Old 07-30-18, 04:25 PM
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I clean bikes (mine & my gf's) about twice a month.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:00 PM
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I think i washed a bike in 1996 or so. But that was also the last time i washed a bike. I usually just wipe them down every 6 months or so.
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Old 07-30-18, 06:58 PM
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It gets 'wash' when rained on while riding. Beside that, only wipes down.
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Old 07-30-18, 07:08 PM
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The cross bike got a full wash on Friday. Thursday I took it out on the fire trails and access roads, and while 99% of it was dusty and bone dry, there were random places where water was just bubbling up out of the ground. Ride through the sludge, then all of the sand and dust sticks to it. I also dumped the bike once in some sugary sand. So the bike was disgusting, and far beyond the "just wipe it down" state. It had chunks on it.

The road bike hasn't been washed since the last time I got caught out in the rain, which was back in... May?
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Old 07-30-18, 07:57 PM
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After yesterday's gravel ride, hosed her off but things are still pretty caked on. Pulled the chain for a redip in wax since it got some water in it but I'll keep riding her dirty.
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Old 07-30-18, 08:27 PM
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After every ride. I can't afford to replace pre-worn parts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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Old 07-30-18, 08:43 PM
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Old 07-30-18, 11:43 PM
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The road bike gets washed somewhere around once a month. Use a spray bottle with water and just a little dishwashing soap. Wipe it down with a microfiber towel and call it good.

The MTB only gets hosed off when it gets muddy, which is hardly ever.
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Old 07-31-18, 01:06 PM
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I spray mine down almost everyday before going for a ride. The area around the water bottles tends to get a little sticky.
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Old 07-31-18, 02:02 PM
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I don't "wash" my bike, I lick it clean after every ride. Like a mother cat.
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Old 07-31-18, 03:34 PM
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I wipe mine down, with a damp cloth, when ever on the maintenance stand or cleaning chain. During the winter, damp cloth wipe down, followed by wax. KB.
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Old 08-01-18, 09:11 PM
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I don't "wash" my bike, I lick it clean after every ride. Like a mother cat.
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