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Cheap Zepp Citrus Cleaner $2.98 at Home Depot(10 posts)

Cheap Zepp Citrus Cleaner $2.98 at Home DepotNASA Noddler
Mar 21, 2003 7:05 PM
For wiping down the bike and grease on frame, you can buy a 32oz spray bottle of Zepp citrus cleaner at Home Depot for $2.98. I've been using Finishline for $9.99 for 16oz bottle. Every bit as good. Spray bottle is very convenient also.

Also tried the Zepp degreaser to use for my chain and cassette. Save your money, I wasn't impressed. Best degreaser I've found so far for chain and cassette is Pedro's.

Anyone found a good degreaser?
purple stuff "super clean"made by castrol.nmthe bull
Mar 22, 2003 5:43 AM
purple stuff "super clean" caveat...Akirasho
Mar 22, 2003 7:50 AM
... I like "Super Clean" but beware, it can mar some bare metal surfaces (such as some aluminium alloy cranks). The stuff can be had on the cheap if you buy it on sale at automotive parts stores (big honkin' jugs for $5 USD or less). "Goo Gone" is a fairly good, reliable and safe (so far) solvent (albeit, it might take a tad more elbow grease).

Be the bike.
your right that stuff will put "freckles" on some alloy.nmthe bull
Mar 22, 2003 10:24 AM
your right that stuff will put "freckles" on some alloy.nmrussw19
Mar 22, 2003 8:07 PM
I use "Greased Lightning" that can be found at the grocery store. I just cut it down 50/50 with water. I haven't used it to clean my drivetrain, but I work in a shop, so I have access to the solvent tank. But for just cleaning your bike, that stuff is pretty cheap, mild enough for your bike's finish, and you can dilute it with water to make it even cheaper. Finish up with some Lemon Pledge to give it a wax and a shine....
what kind a shop?the bull
Mar 23, 2003 5:42 AM
I work on cars I always like to know that other techs ride bikes.Used to work on bikes like ten years ago love it.I get to turn wrenches on allot of my friends bikes still!
what kind a shop?russw19
Mar 23, 2003 2:23 PM
Bike shop, part time while finishing up my degree. I have worked in bike shops since I was 14, oh so many years ago.... That's over half my life now.

Russ
Degreasing with solvents shortens chain lifeteamsloppy
Mar 23, 2003 11:49 AM
There's no good chemical degreaser for chains. It's like draining you car engine then pouring a solvent (like gasoline) into your crankcase to remove the last "dirty olil".

Degreasers penetrate and remove the lubricants from smaller gaps in the chain easily. The Lubricants are larger molecules and can't get into those small spaces as easily.

The best cleaner for your chain is to apply a 'self cleaning' lubricant like white lightning, pedros, etc. The next best is to apply any lubricant, then wipe the chain with a rag and reapply.

The best degreaser for a cassette is a terry cloth rag.
Its even cheaper by the gallonpmf1
Mar 24, 2003 6:47 AM
I buy it by the gallon and use it straight out of the bottle. The citrus cleaner that is. The stuff works great and is cheap. It works great on the chain, derailer, rings, etc.

DO NOT use the purple degreaser. Ot will take the finish off aluminium parts.
re: Cheap Zepp Citrus Cleaner $2.98 at Home DepotGalibier
Mar 25, 2003 12:15 PM
The citrus cleaners I've seen say not to use it on aluminum. If that's right, I don't know why anyone would use it to clean a bike.