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Tip on keeping your bike clean

Old 01-04-07, 05:16 PM
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Tip on keeping your bike clean

I thought I should pass on a tip on keeping your bike clean that was passed to me.

Starting with a clean bike put on 2 coats of Teflon car wax.

I did that with my new SLC and my old 5200. After this road grime just brushes off easily with a dry cloth.
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Any wax is better than no wax. That's a given.
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Originally Posted by Silver Litz
I thought I should pass on a tip on keeping your bike clean that was passed to me.

Starting with a clean bike put on 2 coats of Teflon car wax.

I did that with my new SLC and my old 5200. After this road grime just brushes off easily with a dry cloth.

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Old 01-04-07, 08:18 PM
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What about matte finishes?... like all three of my bikes
(I must have some deep psychological issue with paint and clearcoats)

I go with soap and water
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I get exotic and use Dawn sometimes (yeah, that Dawn).

*I suppose Palmolive or Joy would work also*
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When I was in my teens a friend saw the little bits of rust around my rims. (Yeah, steel rims, it was the 80's, a poor family) He had the bright idea of rust prevention using vaseline... Yes, on the rims. You can imagine the hilarity as he left his house and ran straight into a parked car...

Ahhh, thems were the days.
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Old 01-04-07, 09:57 PM
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For the same purpose, I recently saw a guy spraying Pledge (or similar) on a bike...

(not the mechanicals, just the tubing)
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Old 01-05-07, 12:55 AM
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I use Eagle One Nanowax. Gives a great shine but probably not quite as slippery against dirt as a Teflon product.
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Is this safe/non-corrosive on the paint/coating? What if it touches other parts?
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Originally Posted by donrhummy
Is this safe/non-corrosive on the paint/coating? What if it touches other parts?
What, Nanowax? Of course it's safe! It's car wax! Use it on your other parts too, like R & F derailleurs, crankarms, etc., whatever needs protection/shine.
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I like to detail mine with baby wipes.
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How about using teflon wax on your chain... That'll be interesting.
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Originally Posted by sogood
How about using teflon wax on your chain... That'll be interesting.
Actually Dupont has reintroduced their line of teflon/wax lubricants available at Lowe's big box and it works very well as a chain lube.
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I've practically given up on keeping it clean for a couple months. Seems like it rains every day right now. I'll wash it down in March.

Ok, I lied... I'm obsessive. But it's Dawn and warm water for me
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
I get exotic and use Dawn sometimes (yeah, that Dawn).

*I suppose Palmolive or Joy would work also*
At first I thought you meant Dawn the detergent, but oh, that Dawn. I didn't know she was available to clean bikes.

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Originally Posted by stevecaz
I didn't know she was available to clean bikes.
I thought she only cleaned pipes? LOL!
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Originally Posted by sogood
How about using teflon wax on your chain... That'll be interesting.
Nah...Dumonde Tech is better than that even: http://www.hgnr.com/
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Originally Posted by stevecaz
At first I thought you meant Dawn the detergent, but oh, that Dawn. I didn't know she was available to clean bikes.

Hey now. I'll clean hers after we get it dirty.
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I love it when threads degenerate into this.
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Originally Posted by Doggus
I love it when threads degenerate into this.
It would help if we weren't such degenerates.
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Pedros bike lust is all that I use. To clean the grime I use Pedros bike cleaner.

I never use water to clean my bikes either.
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http://cleantools.net/website/inner....ductsPage.aspx

I use these all the time. It's more or less a paper towel with cleaners and a wax. Wipe down your bike after a ride, before a race, then toss it in the trash. They work great.
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