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Washing bike in shower

Old 02-07-22, 05:17 AM
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Washing bike in shower

Does anyone wash off their bike in the shower? Here in NYC it's a bit too cold outside to hose off the bike outside. I'd like to get all the street grim off the bike.
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Old 02-07-22, 05:49 AM
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I would. Our street muck is thick, gross and corrosive.

I'm lucky enough to have a hose, but the bike dries indoors.
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Old 02-07-22, 06:02 AM
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If I were in an apartment in the city, this is what I would do. If you have one of those showers with the hand-held showerhead on the end of a hose, then that would be the hot setup!
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Nasty. Think what you ride through on the roads. Dog poop, chaw spit, who knows what. You don't want that in your shower. Maybe take a bucket outside.
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Garden sprayer tank. Outside.
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Does the bike get the little mint on the bed pillow before you tuck her in?
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Old 02-07-22, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Nasty. Think what you ride through on the roads. Dog poop, chaw spit, who knows what. You don't want that in your shower. Maybe take a bucket outside.
You must not have kids. If a tub is OK to clean off what kids get into thru their years growing up, a bike is nothing.
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Old 02-07-22, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Nasty. Think what you ride through on the roads. Dog poop, chaw spit, who knows what. You don't want that in your shower. Maybe take a bucket outside.
It's not nastier than what comes off our bodies, just more of it. And a shower enclosure is easy to clean and sanitize.
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Try removing grease from a plastic tub.

My wife would have my ass.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
You must not have kids. If a tub is OK to clean off what kids get into thru their years growing up, a bike is nothing.
Haha well said. People have been known to wash their dogs in the tub too. If cleaning a bike I'd make extra sure the bottom of the tub is cleaned after to eliminate any oil residue that could cause a slip.
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Old 02-07-22, 08:39 AM
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Rarely would I use a hose sprayer on my bikes. I wipe them down with baby wipes.
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Old 02-07-22, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Nasty. Think what you ride through on the roads. Dog poop, chaw spit, who knows what. You don't want that in your shower. Maybe take a bucket outside.
I had to google chaw spit. I noticed some of my own snot rockets on the frame. Pretty gross.
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Old 02-07-22, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
If I were in an apartment in the city, this is what I would do. If you have one of those showers with the hand-held showerhead on the end of a hose, then that would be the hot setup!
Good call, I was remodeling a bathroom and held onto the handheld shower-head for precisely this reason.
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Lather, rinse, repeat.
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One BF member has/had a hook in the shower for that purpose.
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What you and your bike do in the shower together are something better kept to yourself.
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Old 02-07-22, 12:54 PM
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Did my Orbea Avant this morning. Hand held wand, soft bristle or soft sponge type brush, Dawn detergent, rinse well, bounce up and a few times to remove excess water, point a fan at it to dry. If it is really bad, I get much of the crud off before bringing it inside, and I usually do the chain off the bike. Today was mostly grit and sand from being on a wet gravel road, so the chain stayed on and was wiped off and lubed after drying. I spray the shower stall with diluted bleach and rinse it. Also, I live by myself, ergo, I offend no one.
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Old 02-07-22, 12:57 PM
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How dirty does a road bike get?
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Old 02-07-22, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by lyle.coop View Post
Does anyone wash off their bike in the shower? Here in NYC it's a bit too cold outside to hose off the bike outside. I'd like to get all the street grim off the bike.
Not me, but a washing station is a washing station. Better that than nothing, as long as you don't get water in places you shouldn't...
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Old 02-07-22, 02:20 PM
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Uhm, I wouldnt. Especially after a wet weather ride the bike gets really nasty. Don't want that grime, oil, sand, mud and everything else in my shower.

I'd take a bucket of soapy water and a sponge and wash it on the sidewalk (and I have done before). I wash mine with a bucket on my terrace anyway, works perfectly fine.
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Old 02-07-22, 02:24 PM
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Stop at the car wash with it and use the sprayer in the self wash bay.
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Bucket of warm water + sponge outside to get the major gunk off. Spin the chain through a chain cleaner w/ degreaser a few times to get crud off. Then I bring the bike inside and go at it with some spray-on bike cleaner and use a stiff brush on the drivetrain to get gunk out of the cassette, derailleurs, etc and a microfiber cloth on the rest. I lay down an old towel on the floor inside to catch drips.

No way am I bringing a dirty bike into my bathroom.
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
Stop at the car wash with it and use the sprayer in the self wash bay.
I do this sometimes after CX races in the suburbs, but I have to imagine NYC property values have put a serious dent into the self-service spray car wash scene in the city.
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Old 02-07-22, 03:00 PM
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Yeah. Could be. Just throwing it out there as an option. No way I'd bring a dirty bike through the house and into the bathroom.

Even when my kids were little...if they got dirty...hosed 'em off outside before they could come in the house.

I use the self serve bay at the car wash quite often. I just make sure to keep the sprayer away from the bottom bracket area and wheel hubs.
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Old 02-07-22, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
How dirty does a road bike get?
I was wondering the same thing. It's prolllly more salty than dirty if it's in winter...
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