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  • hey kids.
    so, now we're getting some nice wet weather back on the scene, i was curious what you ladies and gents use to clean your bikes and what would you recommend for good lubrication of said bikes. currently i rub down with muc-off, wash and polish with a little gt-85, and use gt-85 on the chain too. am i going to hell? any pointers?

  • clean your bikes

    Sorry I don't understand.

  • I usually remove the wheels and wash the bike and wheels down with good old fashioned washing up liquid in hot water. rinse with more hot water and leave to dry in doors after lubricating.

    I use GT85 for lubrication. Spray on leave for about five minutes, wipe off to remove dirt and the like. Respray and wipe off excess.

  • GT85?

    thats the stuff you use to strip *away *oil.

  • According to their website it cleans, protects and lubricates. Rather controversially, I've found that it does what it says on the tin.

  • According to their website it cleans, protects and lubricates. Rather controversially, I've found that it does what it says on the tin.

    any oil will have some lubricating qualities. WD40 and GT85 act as solvents stripping away factory dip grease. They evaporate quickly leaving a very light film, this is sufficent for lubricating a door hinge etc. But for a bicycle chain something a little denser is better.

    If you look at stuff labelled 'chain oil' and 'chain wax' you will notice they are all a lot thicker than GT85 and wont evaporate.

  • i used to use a cheap cross-country chain oil from a bike shop, a thick green oil that seemed to just pull dirt to itself and gunk up the chain. gt85 every now and again seems ok, maybe something more heavy would be good but what?

  • I tend not to use washing up liquid at all as it contains salts that scratch the paint/lacquer and end up leaving it dull. Hope Shitshifter to clean and then removal of wheels and brakes to apply a wax treatment for shine.

  • i used to use a cheap cross-country chain oil from a bike shop, a thick green oil that seemed to just pull dirt to itself and gunk up the chain. gt85 every now and again seems ok, maybe something more heavy would be good but what?

    any of those chain oils are fine.

    You can use gt85/wd40 to clean off old gunky oil& grime.

    Then apply your chain thicker chain oil liberally.

    Then importantly, wipe off as MUCH of the oil as possible with a cloth.
    You are aiming to leave only the inner concealed joints oily.

    Some people actually use WD40 again at the end to take the excess oil off, but you have to spray it into a cloth and wipe off carefully otherwise youll strip the oil off again!

  • a dry lube will stay gunk free
    wd40/ gt85 are less than 25% lube
    and the rest is propelant

  • Last night a load of scrotes tried to nick my bike, I managed to stop them, however in the process of getting my head kicked in by a group of 16 guys they picked up a load of paint and my wheels, frame, forks and chain are covered in paint.

    I have managed to get some of the paint off the frame but due to painful injuries I am having a hard time sorting the wheels, etc. out. does anyone know a good way or someone who is cheap at this. I have been using white spirit with varying degrees of success.

    Also if anyone was around to witness please pm me. it was about 8:30 last night (16th) by the narrow boat pub (on the canal near Kingsland Road) 16 black guys, a lot wearing red t-shirts/hoodies. I'm sorta ok, just a few head injuries, shoulder, neck and concussion. My partner was ok, just shocked.

    Any info on the above would be great as I blacked out a little missing some of the action and therefore can only remember one face. Police and ambulance were helpful and agreed a lot and gave me advice in future where I stand with a D-Lock.

    Thanks in advance and hope no-one else has to go though this.

    James

  • Man, bad luck James that is tough, sorry to have to read this. Glad you're OK.

    Leave the bike alone and recover properly.

  • want to get riding asap though. all ideas welcome...

  • Depending on the finish on the rims, I'd consider soaking in nitromors and a soft cloth? Anodising should be more resilient than Dulux. You might want to check this with someone first though, as I don't want you to fuck your fancy anodised rims because of my bad advice!

    Also, I'd just buy a new chain. I think that getting the chain would be damaged either by the paint or the cleaning, so it isn't really worth it.

  • cheers, the wheels are alexrims at400 ss cant find much more info on them. Just need to get back on the road asap.

  • go to/call your local paint shop and ask them how to remove it off your wheels....might be your best bet

    its good to hear your still in one piece

    what you mean by where you stand with a d-lock???

    should of taken that d-lock and started flapping it around (i think reinforced steel is stonger the bone :P )- that would of made them think twice about attacking you

  • From my reading he's saying that's what the police and ambulance people told him? Which is kinda surprising but not sure how else to read it?

    Scary stuff anyway James, although the fact you managed to single handedly stop 16 people stealing your bike is clearly impressive.

    I'd spray the whole bike with WD40 then go to bed.

  • cheers, the wheels are alexrims at400 ss cant find much more info on them. Just need to get back on the road asap.

    First, like everyone said, recover first. Bike are replaceable, you're not.

    Your wheel from a bianchi right? This is a good excuse to upgrade your wheelset actually.

  • ed, its a genesis flyer... i know its an excuse to get some nice deep v's.

    Yes the police said technically i can use the d-lock in self defence if "You grab the nearest thing to your hand and are unaware what the item is to protect yourself" I'm ok shoulder killing me and still massive headache. gf is really shaken up and more concerned about her as well.

  • Nasty. Depends whether the paint is emulsion water based, soluble in soapy water or oil based, soluble in white spirit. You should be able to remove either without spoiling the original surfaces maybe gently rubbing with a kitchen scourer or failing that, 00 fine grade wire wool. If oil based the longer you leave it the harder it will get. Nitromoors will remove the frame paint.

  • what f*cking cowardly f*cking gobshites.

    always appals me when I hear about shit like this. Heal up well old boy, sounds like a horrible experience....no advice to give about paint but good luck getting the bike up to scratch.

  • what the fuck? props for surviving a 16 man brawl.

  • haha thanks for the words. got a few beers and the last of the white spirit so will keep going with that for now. gf helped a bit as well by bottling one of the little fuckers in the leg. I swear every time i see those yardie fuck i want to take a lock to their heads but cnuts probably are carrying a knife.

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