Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

How do you Wash your bike?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

How do you Wash your bike?

Old 10-24-12, 01:40 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How do you Wash your bike?

I decided to give my bike a proper wash for the first time, usually I just wipe it down, degrease the components then lube them up. This time I used a jet spray garden hose and straight after the was I noticed the hub on my rear wheel sounded a little loud and now it seems like BOTH the BB and rear hub are clicking.

Both my hub and BB are sealed what can I do apart from getting replacements?
u9wy is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 01:43 PM
  #2  
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 33,217

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1349 Post(s)
Liked 1,243 Times in 621 Posts
Good Job.

Your bike is so Clean you washed the grease out of the hub and bottom bracket.

Take it to a bike shop fast before the bearings rust.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"

10 Wheels is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 01:58 PM
  #3  
NRZ
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: CT
Posts: 178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Not with a jet spray garden hose that's for sure. I've used an all purpose cleaner (Simple Green diluted) with a bunch of different cleaning tools and simply rinsed it clean. It's getting it dry that's the hardest part, compressed air often works well, then relube.
NRZ is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:17 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 198
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
My routine...




I use Meguiar's Quick Detailer on a baby soft 3M microfiber cloth for a wipe down cleaning, followed by a careful and loving application of Meguiar's NXT wax for deep, glossy shine.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Bike Care.jpg (38.3 KB, 72 views)
Golfster is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:22 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
bigbadwullf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West, Tn.
Posts: 1,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I'd never spray a road bike with water. All it needs is a damp cloth and barely that. The mountain bike on the other hand...
bigbadwullf is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:32 PM
  #6  
Just Keep Pedaling
 
Beachgrad05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lakewood, CA
Posts: 3,355

Bikes: 99 Schwinn Mesa GS MTB, 15 Trek Domane 5.9 Dura-Ace, 17 Trek Emonda SL6 Pro & 18 Bianchi Vigorelli

Mentioned: 30 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 251 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 67 Times in 34 Posts
Well...my bike was FILTH recently after doing a wet/drizzly/rainy MS ride in So Cal.

Pre-Ride I washed it with the bike cleaner I got at my LBS and degreased and cleaned the chain with a citrus degreaser. I did use my hose with spay nozzle to wet bike down and to rinse it off...but not using the harsh setting more the wide spray.



This was what my bike looked like after day 1 of the ride:








I used the hose again to spray off the dirt as I would not want to scratch the bike up wiping it off with a towel or cloth.

Washed and cleaned bike same as pre-ride once I got home.
Beachgrad05 is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:38 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've never washed my bike in the couple thousand miles that I've had it. Just lubed everything and I'm off. The filth gives it some character
misterwaterfall is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:45 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Noize4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Nashville
Posts: 191

Bikes: ‘16 Domane 4.6 Disc, ‘17 Bianchi Impulso S-Sport, ‘12 Giant Escape 0

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Goo gone, quick detailer, wax. Never take a hose to a bicycle.
Noize4 is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:55 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
peckma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
Posts: 209

Bikes: 2013 BMC GRAN FONDO GF01, 2010 SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX, 2004 TREK FX7000, 2013 SPECIALIZED ALLEZ

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here's my routine for a full cleaning. Otherwise, I just wipe the bike down with a rag and Simple Green in a bottle.
Needed: bucket with diluted Simple Green, Simple Green in a sprizter bottle, hose, car wash brush-soft bristles, Park's chain cleaning brush, rags, car wax
1) Rinse bike with hose on gentle setting
2) Clean chain and rear der pulleys, using SG, Park's cleaning brush, rags, etc. as needed.
3) Remove wheels. Remove brake pads and deglaze the pads using sandpaper, then put back on bike.
4) Clean bike, using car wash brush, SG in a bucket, rags, etc. as needed. Dry. Wax frame - I use a wipe on/off wax.
5) Clean wheels. Amply apply SG on the rear cog, use a rag like dental floss to clean between the cogs. Otherwise, car wash brush to clean the wheels/spokes. Use a rag to clean the hubs. Dry.
6) Replace wheels.
7) Oil chain with lube of choice. I then use Teflon lube and put a dab in various places - brake caliper pivots, rear der pulleys, front der pivot points, the cables underneath the bottom bracket.
8) Test ride, make sure everything works as required.

On a side note, I used to wash my bike after washing my car, using car wash soap. My brakes would howl like a banshee thereafter, and it took a fair amount of doing to clean the residue off the rims/brake pads. So far, no issues with Simple Green.
peckma is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:58 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
bigbadwullf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West, Tn.
Posts: 1,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Yeah I would use a hose on that bike...lol. But very carefully.
bigbadwullf is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 02:58 PM
  #11  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Newport, RI
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If I never rode in the rain I'd probably never let a hose get near a bike.

Since eventually it always seems to get wet I go on the logic water from a hose (as long as it's not under pressure) CAN'T be worse then road grime and water hitting the bike at speed when riding in the rain.

Very easy rinse, gentle wash with car wash soap, gentle follow up rinse. Lube appropriately afterwards.
Pete_G is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:03 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,685

Bikes: S5 VWD & SL-7 S works Red.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When it is dirty I use sponge with a little dish soap & water. in a bucket, then rinse out the sponge and use clean water and sponge to rinse the bike. Dry with a microfiber towel. And polish with Pledge and microfiber towel.

Last edited by v70cat; 10-24-12 at 03:08 PM.
v70cat is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:04 PM
  #13  
Cardiac Case
 
Drag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dropped... about 5 miles back...
Posts: 2,893

Bikes: Trek, Cannondale, Litespeed, Lynskey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Simple Green and rags. A labor of love.

I'm nearing the end of the riding season, so I will remove the chain and cassette and dunk them in a degreaser. I have a friend who has had great success using an ultrasonic cleaner, so I may try that route this year.

And lube properly of course.
__________________
TITANIUMDIVISION
BF Great Lakes Forum
Drag is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:07 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,865

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2952 Post(s)
Liked 3,106 Times in 1,417 Posts
I was going to come on here to say not to aim the spray at the hubs or BB. Too late.
caloso is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:14 PM
  #15  
In the Pain Cave
 
thechemist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 1,672
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Yea dont spray ANY bearing. I hose down with water after each ride. Once a week I use whatever cleaner the LBS has on sale. I also weekly scrub the rear derailer, cogs, chain etc. Lube chain roughly once a week.
thechemist is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:15 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
DropDeadFred's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,429

Bikes: 2013 orca

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
with water
DropDeadFred is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:27 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 3,685

Bikes: S5 VWD & SL-7 S works Red.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by thechemist
Yea dont spray ANY bearing. I hose down with water after each ride. Once a week I use whatever cleaner the LBS has on sale. I also weekly scrub the rear derailer, cogs, chain etc. Lube chain roughly once a week.
It this a road bike?
v70cat is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:31 PM
  #18  
Cardiac Case
 
Drag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dropped... about 5 miles back...
Posts: 2,893

Bikes: Trek, Cannondale, Litespeed, Lynskey

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by thechemist
Lube chain roughly once a week.
Somewhere between every 100-200 miles. Depending on road conditions, rain, drivetrain noise, etc.
__________________
TITANIUMDIVISION
BF Great Lakes Forum
Drag is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:38 PM
  #19  
In the Pain Cave
 
thechemist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 1,672
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by v70cat
It this a road bike?
yes, I do sweat a fair amount and admit that I dont do it quite as frequently in the winter.
thechemist is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 03:47 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
echotraveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,805
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
OP your ways were correct.... that jet spray was big NO NO

i dont degrease anything ever! water, rag, lube.
echotraveler is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 04:51 PM
  #21  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 88

Bikes: CAAD10, Trek 7.3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wash it in a similar way to this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es4-i...e_gdata_player
richfell is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 04:53 PM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 3,456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 50 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I've been lightly spraying my bikes with a garden hose for 4 years now, even in the sensitive areas like BB, derailleurs, etc. and haven't had any problems whatsoever. I've been waiting for something to rust or fuse together on me, be nothing of the sort has happened. I do take care to relube the chain and spray lube the deraileur and cassette after using the hose on it, though, every time. My LBS said my bike was in excellent condition the last time I brought it in and actually talked me down from the 'full diassembly super tune up' since he felt I didn't need it.

Without the hosedown, it doesn't matter how much I scrub the cassette - it's always black. However, after a cassette scrub, one quick hose job and it's as clean looking as it gets.

I'm not sure why we need to be so delicate with road bike water spraying when mountain bikes get routinely blasted and still work fine, in tougher environment and conditions.
hhnngg1 is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 08:21 PM
  #23  
ka maté ka maté ka ora
 
pdedes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: wessex
Posts: 4,423

Bikes: breezer venturi - red novo bosberg - red, pedal force cg1 - red, neuvation f-100 - da, devinci phantom - xt, miele piste - miche/campy, bianchi reparto corse sbx, concorde squadra tsx - da, miele team issue sl - ultegra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
I hose the **** out of it and lube it after.
pdedes is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 08:29 PM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Miami, FL
Posts: 548

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I just got my bike washed at the LBS as it was extremely dirty after a century this weekend and had no time to clean it. I've washed my bike pretty thoroughly before, but my god this thing came out impeccable. Everything is spotless and in showroom floor condition. Also got new tape installed. There's a hurricane nearby here so it's been raining which means, this bike will not go outside till I realize it will get dirty regardless. But for now, I just stare at it, wondering what I've been doing wrong.
cvall91 is offline  
Old 10-24-12, 08:36 PM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cobourg Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,206

Bikes: ParleeZ5/Parlee Chebacco/Trek Farley/Cannondale Slice/Burley Tandem

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 10 Times in 4 Posts
Anyone use spray nine for the chain. I have a bunch of it and wonder if it would harm anything? Normally I use sg.
youcoming is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.