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bike grease(5 posts)

bike greasevillanum
Aug 25, 2001 10:31 AM
anyone know any secrets to get tough bike grease stains out of clothes (jeans, hiking shorts, etc)? i'm a newbie and seem to have bike grease on me 24/7 even when i don't go near by bike! thanks in advance.
re: bike greaseLone Gunman
Aug 25, 2001 10:50 AM
Toothbrush and any of the degreaser hand cleaners as a pre treat. Put it on, let it soak in and work and if it really looks tough, go to the tooth brush and rinse then laundry. The citrus type stuff or Gojo works good.
No hoperKerry Irons
Aug 25, 2001 12:07 PM
Actually, if it was just grease, any good detergent could remove it. Presumably you're talking mostly about chain stains, and that is a mixture of grease/oil and finely divided metal. It is the metal that makes things black and that is very hard to get out. The advice on degreaser and a toothbrush is good, but you will likely not be able to completely remove the stain. You need to learn to dismount with your left foot first, to change a wheel without touching the chain, to put the bike on the rack/in the trunk without touching the chain, etc. Prevention is better than treatment, because the treatment is not very successful. If you're getting the black stuff on your skin when working on the bike, coat your hands with a layer of laundry detergent, and then let it dry. Washing up becomes much easier. And no matter how minor a repair or tune you want to do, change to work clothes before starting on the bike. You WILL get dirty, and you should be prepared.
Why Do You ThinkBike Shorts Are Black?
Aug 25, 2001 2:15 PM
Aug 26, 2001 5:02 AM
rub some nonabrasive waterless hand cleaner like GoJo into the grease spots and then launder. Every home mechanic should have a tub around, it's way bettr than Lava soap for cleaning hands. WalMart's got it cheap.