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Old 02-09-22, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Iím partial to the smell of hot garbage in July
don't know about hot garbage but I'd dig a hot mess. sorry couldn't resist
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Old 02-09-22, 10:29 AM
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ITT: folks who don't live in NYC make wild-ass guesses about what living and cycling in NYC is like.
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Originally Posted by BTinNYC
Hah! You've never seen the NYC roadside piles of grey-black mung that 2 weeks previous was fresh snow. That plowed stuff becomes filthy oily salty blech, and that's on my road bike, shoes, etc.

I know, I know. New Yorkers are nuts.
Uncanny how that stuff manages to turn pure black. Looks just like coal sometimes.

I used to live in Peoria IL and they used to spread cinders on the roads, from the two or three local coal-burning power plants. Who knows, maybe they still do.... Anyway, unlike salt the cinders weren't water-soluble and didn't wash away in the rain. It was super annoying to get a flat tire in July from a razor-sharp slice of cinder.... Which most likely had been lying there since January! I got more flats in the three years I lived there than in the entire rest of my life. My a wide margin.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
ITT: folks who don't live in NYC make wild-ass guesses about what living and cycling in NYC is like.

Everything I know about New York City comes from watching Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, and NCIS: New York... 😅

(and watching a couple of bike messenger YouTube vids)
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I've washed a lot of bikes in showers...hotel showers at cx races all over the country. Works pretty well.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
ITT: folks who don't live in NYC make wild-ass guesses about what living and cycling in NYC is like.
+1. Iíd kill for a brownstone in somewhere like Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, etc.
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The real question is, do you shampoo the handlebars or wash the entire thing with soap only?
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Yep. I definitely do this. Get it situated in the shower, spray it down with bike cleaner, rinse it down with warm water. Takes most things right off.
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Car wash for the win!

Originally Posted by prj71
Stop at the car wash with it and use the sprayer in the self wash bay.
Works like a charm! Even white handlebar tape comes clean! You can blast the drive-train clean, even the chain, by aiming at the freewheel to make it spin backwards. In Tucson, it would be dry by the time you got home, so oil it then.
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I live in the 6th most populous city in the U.S. I can wash my bike with a hose on my back deck and in front of my house. Not all living conditions in big cities are the same.
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Old 02-10-22, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
+1. I’d kill for a brownstone in somewhere like Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, etc.
for me it would be something similar but "Back Bay" Marlboro Street, Boston MA. I lived on Beacon Hill for a cpl years when I 1st moved from NY to Boston, but it's too hilly.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
for me it would be something similar but "Back Bay" Marlboro Street, Boston MA. I lived on Beacon Hill for a cpl years when I 1st moved from NY to Boston, but it's too hilly.
Those homes are great. Would totally do that if I had a few million to drop and could get off street parking.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
Those homes are great. Would totally do that if I had a few million to drop and could get off street parking.
plus you can walk to Fenway Park for a ballgame. when I first moved to Boston in 1984 girlfriend & I got an apartment on beacon Hill. 1 bedroom, in a 5 floor walkup, view of the Charles River from 2 rooms & the roof deck. the rent was under $300 pr month. the Landlord told me he bought the bldg for $200K. ah the good ole' days
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Originally Posted by tempocyclist
Everything I know about New York City comes from watching Law & Order: SVU, CSI: NY, and NCIS: New York... 😅
(and watching a couple of bike messenger YouTube vids)
yikes! I have fond memories, too countless to list. Springtime was always great, especially doing fashion shoots on location in front of The Metropolitan Museum of Art & in Central Park. riding South on the Subway (standing) just to turn around at Wall Street to get a seat back North, not so much
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
plus you can walk to Fenway Park for a ballgame. when I first moved to Boston in 1984 girlfriend & I got an apartment on beacon Hill. 1 bedroom, in a 5 floor walkup, view of the Charles River from 2 rooms & the roof deck. the rent was under $300 pr month. the Landlord told me he bought the bldg for $200K. ah the good ole' days
You canít get a box under the pike for 200k now.

I used to travel a lot to see my staff at an office on State right across from the Long Wharf. Would walk to Fenway from there when chance arose to get to a game when I was in town. Havenít been since pre-pandemic.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09
You canít get a box under the pike for 200k now
haha true that!
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Fortunately, living in a single-family home in SE Florida, I usually don't need to do this. I did do it once in a hotel shower. My bike was somewhat dirty, but not anything like caked-on mountain biking thick dirt. I would never do that to someone's plumbing. I did use a water-based degreaser, so it would wash right down the drain-- and it did. Then I used my usual car cleaning soap and gave the bike a nice bath with a sponge. I used the plastic disposable cup in the room for those hard-to-reach places the shower head would not wet. It worked well, I dried the bike with towels I brought and lubed her up, protecting the floor with paper towels I brought.
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Personally, I'd rather deal with cold fingers and wash the bike outside (self-serve carwash; hose in courtyard; whatever is available) than have to clean grease and grime off the tub/shower enclosure after washing the bike there. Everyone is different, though, I suppose washing a bike in a tub or shower is doable, so if that's what you want to do then great.
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fwiw - there are a cpl youtube videos of ppl washing their bikers in the shower
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Originally Posted by noimagination
Personally, I'd rather deal with cold fingers and wash the bike outside (self-serve carwash; hose in courtyard; whatever is available) than have to clean grease and grime off the tub/shower enclosure after washing the bike there.
My worry would be having all the grime and grit go down the drain. I live in a "Chicago-style brick bungalow" (Google it, it's a recognized architectural style) and the tree roots are always getting into the sewer discharge pipe. They make a maze that traps everything that goes down the drain. The less debris I wash down, the better.

Eventually I'll have to spring for new PVC sewer pipe.... $$$$
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Lookup "roof leak tarp with hose". Find one that's roughly a size it could fit your bathing area to protect it and trim the hose really short or just align the hose connection outlet to your drain.

Then all the muck goes into the tarp and not on the bathing area and the waste water goes down the drain.

That's the best I have.
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Originally Posted by burnthesheep
That's the best I have.
that's pretty darn good actually
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In winter, in Chicago, I use this to wash my car. Handheld wallpaper removal sprayer. Fill it with warm soapy water. Wash rag, dry rag, buff rag.

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Originally Posted by GhostRider62
Try removing grease from a plastic tub.

My wife would have my ass.
when cleaning leads to more cleaning
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Why not just use a rinseless car wash outside in the winter? Two buckets of warm water and some small towels are all you need. I frequently use it on my cars in the winter.

Rinseless Wash & Wax - Griot's Garage (griotsgarage.com)
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