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do you wax your bike?

Old 04-11-09, 07:52 PM
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do you wax your bike?

and with what? i just picked up a bottle of pedro's bike lust, i think i'm going to shine up the SS tomorrow...
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Old 04-11-09, 08:33 PM
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I use bikelust, too.
Once a month, I break down my bike
and clean, grease, lube the chain, basic maintaince stuff...
I find it's easier to use bikelust or turtle wax when the frame isnt built up.

good stuff.
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Old 04-11-09, 08:42 PM
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Yes, I use Zymol or Ibiz wax. It helps protect the paint, and helps deter rust too.
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Old 04-11-09, 08:48 PM
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No way. I don't even wash my bikes. I do keep them indoors though.
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Old 04-11-09, 09:58 PM
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Always. Helps keep them from getting too grimy. I just use whatever I around leftover from waxing my car.
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Originally Posted by Geordi Laforge View Post
I use bikelust, too.
Once a month, I break down my bike
and clean, grease, lube the chain, basic maintaince stuff...
I find it's easier to use bikelust or turtle wax when the frame isnt built up.

good stuff.
Wow, thats some serious effort to clean a bike.

I just wipe down the ssfg with a clean rag after wet and grimy rides. Lube the chain every 100 miles or after wet rides. I'm pretty rough with the ssfg, its my training/commuter/lockup bike. I treat it like a tool, not a jewel.
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Old 04-11-09, 11:16 PM
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it's not necessary and a bit overkill, sure.
but I enjoy the process of taking my bike apart and rebuilding
periodically when I have some free time and want to work on
something and not be bugged by the outside world
when im too beat to go for a long ride.

one of these days, I'll starting building up wheels instead for the same reason.
wheelbuilding seems to be a similar mediative, quiet process that I would enjoy.

and I am speaking of my nicer ride - a custom bob jackson.
I take care of it and baby it a little. wouldnt you?

my beater is as filthy as it gets. that's my tool.
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Old 04-11-09, 11:24 PM
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Occasional wipe down and quick wipe on-off with turtle wax, looks nice, keeps it a little cleaner, and feels nice to the touch. Probably happens around once a year.
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Old 04-11-09, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
No way. I don't even wash my bikes. I do keep them indoors though.
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Old 04-12-09, 01:14 AM
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I wash my bike once a year right after winter. I have fenders.
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Swix. For speed...
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I wash my bike every week! Including the chain. After every ride I clean my bike quickly with those pledge whipes.
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think about all the time you would miss out on riding your bike if you spent your time waxing it instead
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ok. thought about it.

when im hung over and beat from being out until 8am and I just want to order some thai food and turn off my cellphone and jerk off to youporn and work on my bike uninterrupted for a few hours, I wouldnt ride my bike anyway. So, the time amounts to zero.
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Swix. For speed...
Win! Though I'm a Toko man...pure fluorcarbon.
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bike lust ftw. especially since i use the shops supply; on the clock doesn't hurt either.
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Win! Though I'm a Toko man...pure fluorcarbon.
thats no match for molybdenum, especially in the cold.
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Are you gonna ride it or wax it?
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I keep mine indoors, and every now and then after it's got a decent amount of dirt on it I'll just clean it with a damp cloth.

The drivetrain I'm a bit more meticulous about. Chain gets degreased/cleaned/relubed every couple weeks or after any time out in the rain, and all the grime and dirt are cleaned off the cog and chainring while the chain's off. Braking surfaces on the rims and pads get cleaned too.
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I keep mine indoors, and every now and then after it's got a decent amount of dirt on it I'll just clean it with a damp cloth.

The drivetrain I'm a bit more meticulous about. Chain gets degreased/cleaned/relubed every couple weeks or after any time out in the rain, and all the grime and dirt are cleaned off the cog and chainring while the chain's off. Braking surfaces on the rims and pads get cleaned too.
i should be cleaning my cog and chain ring more often...i wore through a cog over the winter and i feel like the new one is already seeing some slight wear due to build up of road grit
i am going to give the ride a little wipe down tonight and assess the cog and ring
 
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Yeah, I figure what's the point of cleaning your chain if the rest of the drivetrain is just going to dirty it up immediately?
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i get lazy with cleaning the drive train
i think if i had a proper work stand i would clean it more often

must look into a work stand

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