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Do you guys ever just start working on your bikes....(15 posts)

Do you guys ever just start working on your bikes....Claudio
Apr 5, 2001 8:09 AM
all the while realizing that you should probably change out of your nice clothes to avoid grease stains on your nice work slacks and dress shirt and chain lube drips on your shoes?? I do this all the time thinking that I'll be real careful and almost every time I fail. I get so mad at myself. I have recently found though that some Dawn or Palmolive and a little scrub brush usually takes these grease marks off if you get it soon enough. Am I alone here or do others get lazy like me and just go for it? I need to get an apron I guess huh?
Yupgrz mnky
Apr 9, 2001 1:33 PM
Also try using some Goop, the hand cleaner - gets out lots of grease stains and doesn't harm clothes.
grease stainsspeedchump
Apr 5, 2001 8:17 AM
I'm bad about working on my bike on the living room carpet. ArmorAll makes some stuff called "multi-purpose car cleaner." It removes White Lightening from carpet very well. I haven't found a bike related fluid it won't get out of fabric. Got it at Wal-Mart.
Do it all the timeLazy
Apr 5, 2001 8:17 AM
I ruined a brand new shirt just last Friday. I hate when that happens.
Beware Ti PrepMikeC
Apr 5, 2001 9:11 AM
There is nothing like Ti Prep on your family room carpet to give your spouse three months of ammunition...
That's What Bikes are For.Breck
Apr 5, 2001 9:26 AM
To work on and incessantly fiddle with and oil/ grease stain your rags.

Back in the Olde Daze bought the running shoes for $8 the pair (1968 Tiger (now Asics) Bostons) out of the back of the trunk of Coach John Blair of Costa Mesa, Ca. car trunk. Bout 600 street miles and toss 'em. Mebee throw 'em in the 'warsher' a few times.

Have never to toss a bike part yet and have a 11'X16' run down shed devoted to the bikes and hardware store items. Great Stereo sound system installed though(!). Typically blast the place by blues or boogie rock while getting the clothes oil and grease stained. God bless K-Mart for bike specific jeans, shirts, etc.

My oldest bike bought new is a 1970 Nishiki Semi Pro. Damn, should have spent the extra bucks on a Paramount!

Wish we'd never bought that new carpet...Cory
Apr 5, 2001 9:28 AM
I have a decent but unheated shop space in an old shed, but in winter when it's 18 degrees I used to bring my bike in and work on it in the living room. Last fall we replaced the old orange shag with some off-white expensive the bike's not allowed in the house.
As for clothes--I do that all the time: "All I'm going to do is drip a little white lightning on the brake pivots," and half an hour later I've got grease all over me. Nice to hear about the Walmart stuff, though.
same hereHaiku d'état
Apr 5, 2001 10:05 AM
couldn't figure out where the grease spots on the new berber were coming from, 'til i realized that the bottoms of my bare feet stain while i'm working on the bikes in the stand in the garage with lube dripping on the floor from time to time. we use "resolve" carpet cleaner, works wonders.
Carbona oil and grease stain remover ...Humma Hah
Apr 5, 2001 10:02 AM
... I used that on a dress shirt this morning to remove a bright red grease stain. I swapped cranks on the bike at work last night (more room to work and the bench vise is a help).
Oh yeahtommyb
Apr 5, 2001 10:13 AM
I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one who gets in trouble for grease stains on my clothes and living room carpet. I built up a new bike this winter, and recently tore the old one apart, all while watching old race videos in the living room. I'm pretty careful during the major jobs, so no major damage. Unfortunately, last night, my son asked me to replace the bearings in his in-line hockey skates. I now have a perfectly round bearing imprint in black grease on a white carpet. D-oh!
re: Do you guys ever just start working on your bikes....Dean
Apr 5, 2001 10:48 AM
Just did this last night. Got home and started getting ready for my ride. While switching wheel sets, I ended up with grease on my shirt and pants. Wife sounded like she was reprimanding a 5 year old (can't blame her though) while she was explaining why I should change clothes prior to messing with the bike.
re: Do you guys ever just start working on your bikes....GregJ
Apr 5, 2001 10:51 AM
I am really disciplined about changeing into old clothes to work on my car or bike etc. But I don't have a shop so during daylight I can work outside, but if I need to do something to the bike at night, I bring it in the kitchen. Awhile back I washed the bike and then brought it indoors to do some maintenance. When I was done I sprayed the bike with Pedro's Bike Lust, if you ever want to turn your linoleum floor into a skating rink...
re: King of the carpet stainTurtleherder
Apr 5, 2001 12:33 PM
I believe I will print out a copy of this thread to show my wife just to prove I am not the only one. As soon as I put that new shirt on I feel compelled to work on the bike. New carpet just put in? Sure, why not degrease the chain. I have even gotten a new tie sucked up into the big ring messing with the bike at lunch.
never get dirtyobserver
Apr 5, 2001 8:55 PM
Yep, I can work all day on bikes and never get a drop on myself, the floor, or shoes. UNLESS I change, then I get it on everything "trying" to be careful! So you see, good clothes are "magnetically" charged to attract grease. Its the stain removal makers that have a "deal" with fabric makers. No... Really... I have shirts and carpet to prove it... Oh yea, I wear work clothes all day, clean as can be.
I've destroyed all kinds of clothesDog
Apr 6, 2001 8:11 AM
I'm really stupid about this. My wife has even demanded that I set aside just 'working on bike' clothes -- all black.

The worst screwups happen when I get home from the office, and for some unknown reason I feel compelled to start messing with my bike there in the garage still in my suit pants and nice white shirt. Stupid.