Straw Poll: What do you use for cleaning bikes?

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  • Things I’ve seen used:
    Muc-Off and clean cotton rags
    Weldtite degreaser and J cloths
    Crankalicious and kitchen roll
    Diluted dish soap and old clothes

    What’s your preference?

  • Car cleaning bushes, washing up liquid, and a hosepipe.

  • WD-40 as degreaser, soapy water, old rags/sponges, old brush of some kind.

  • I use road grime and crap to create a protective layer on the paint on my bikes

  • ^^^^ this

  • Meguiars NXT car shampoo
    Microfibre cloths and dry towel
    Carnauba wax

  • Baby wipes

  • Degreaser and old dish brush
    Brake cleaner
    Bike wash and old rag
    Karcher k4 compact

  • Strips of rag between cogs and chain links
    Toothbrushes
    GT 85
    Hot water
    But mostly: just buy a new bike

  • Whatever bike specific general cleaning stuff is closest, muc off etc.
    Degreaser if I have to.
    Rags
    Wet brush for cassettes, dry for crusty/dry mud on tyres
    Compressor with a lil nozzle 👨🍳👄

    Farking hell these emojis

  • 👁️👄👁️

  • I never clean my bike, just brush them once it dry and maybe lubricated some bits (ALWAYS dry lube, and never use wet lube).

  • why clean the bike itself?
    all you need to clean is the moving parts, which is really only what the chain touches
    the below takes me 2 minutes and sorts it all out

    fill chain cleaning tool with degreaser
    clean chain thoroughly
    relube with dry lube

    repeat when chain gets squeaky and change chain when worn past 0.75 with chain checker tool

    doing anything else more than once a year is just vanity

  • Time to get yourself a belt drive and reclaim those 2 minutes!

  • just vanity

    Bike vanity, it's why we're all here isn't it

  • Kitchen vanity, it's why we're all here isn't it

  • kitchen jealousy

  • Also

    why clean the bike itself?

    Because you need to take it into your house?

  • Is now a good time to say if you use Prolink properly you never need to degrease your drive train again?

  • Because you need to take it into your house?

    Because your garage is too full of bikes (there are some serious contenders for that on here)

  • suspension, pivots, dropper post, saddle if covered in mud, valve cores…

  • doing anything else more than once a year is just vanity

    Nah, if I leave the off road machine covered in chalk mud, it continually sprinkles grit on the chain etc, works it's way into all the threads, and generally fucks everything. You need to clean the whole bike.

    Handlebars, stem, seat post, brakes, brake pads, rotors, nipples, levers, cables, cranks, pedals are all moving or adjustable parts that I've regretted neglecting

  • why clean the bike itself?

    Because if you or your clothes come into contact with it you/they get dirty. Then if you touch something else with your hands that are now filthy you get dirt marks all over that too.

    All depends on the type of bike and your usage. Reminds me a bit of motorcycle forums where people ask why you'd ever use a rear brake - forgetting that not everyone rides the same bike in the same place. Not a dig, but if you think about all the ways others could use their bike it makes more sense

  • Clean my bike? A dirty bike looks better.

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Straw Poll: What do you use for cleaning bikes?

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