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the WINTER bike bath - how do you wash?

Old 01-15-15, 09:47 AM
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the WINTER bike bath - how do you wash?

i saw pics of bikes in bubble baths in the tub. i spray degreaser on gears, re-lube, wipe dirt off frame with rag. warmer weather means hose outside.

if you wash in the tub, can you dry it well enough?
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Exactly like has been described maybe 10,000 times in similar threads. Use the advanced search.

Seriously, I just leave mine out in the rain for a few weeks. Works every time.
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OFGS, just wipe it off with Windex and a soft rag. Use an old toothbrush on the cracks and crevices. Take off the chain and cassette and soak in WD40 or mineral spirits. Wipe clean and dry. Use a rag with mineral spirits on the chain rings. Dispose of the solvent safely. That degreaser stuff doesn't work nearly as well. It is BS in IMO for really dirty parts. There is no need for ever using a hose on a road bike. Cross or mountain, well that may be something different.
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I've actually been using this stuff a lot lately:

Vulcavite - UK - /pays/UK-en

I bought it for my motorcycle, but found it works just as good for cleaning your bike indoors. It's useless for getting mud off, but grease and general road grime comes right off and it doesn't hurt the finish.
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road dirt and grime are not biggy, areas that have salt are really what i am curious about as road salt is corrosive.
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I just use a wet rag, a little shot of degreaser in spots if needed. Salt is corrosive to any metal and probably not good for CF either. Thankfully, salt is easily dissolved in water.
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Ack. I just started a thread similar to this. If the powers that be wish to merge them, so be it.
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FOUND THIS !

http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/...ke-winter.html
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Here's the thread:
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Yes, I bought the chain holder gizmo and all the brushes. This is how to do it.
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Originally Posted by xscottypx View Post
if you wash in the tub, can you dry it well enough?
Set it on some newspapers and let it drip dry.
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