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Any one clean their bike in the bathtub?(18 posts)

Any one clean their bike in the bathtub?Sintesi
Oct 31, 2002 6:43 AM
I live in a small apartment in a three story walk-up. There are no garden hoses available so I throw it in the tub soap it up, scrub, turn on the shower for a few seconds and then towel dry. My wife hates this.

What is your way?
I clean my bike bySteve_0
Oct 31, 2002 6:56 AM
riding in the rain. I'll mop it down afterwards, but thats about the only cleaning it gets.
I really hate to admit this but my two "good bikes"Dave Hickey
Oct 31, 2002 6:59 AM
have never seen water. They aren't ridden in the rain and they're cleaned with Windex. My other bikes are cleaned in the front yard with a hose.
re: Any one clean their bike in the bathtub?Ken
Oct 31, 2002 7:12 AM
I just wipe my bike down using a damp cloth and rinsing out the cloth with a bucket of water.
no. but i will now.Frith
Oct 31, 2002 7:17 AM
thanks for the tip... my roommates are going to love me.
If it's nice and warm outside I'll do it outside with a hose, but I haven't been able to come up with a good solution for the winter until now.
warm water, bucket, stiff brush, rags, and degreaserSmoothie
Oct 31, 2002 7:56 AM
No hose needed and it's probably a bit quicker/safer than the shower :)

but congrats on your ingenuity on handling the problem. Def. an interesting approach!
I'd end up dead if I even suggested thatMJ
Oct 31, 2002 8:05 AM
I used to use the bucket on the street
put some milk on it, let the cat lick it off nmmr_spin
Oct 31, 2002 8:09 AM
Did it once while staying at a timeshare.Shad
Oct 31, 2002 8:16 AM
Mountain bike was filthy from the bike rack trip from MN to FL. Winter salt and road grime. Made the tub a horrible mess. I can see why your wife hates it!
Roadbike-only technique. I have a little discretion. nmSintesi
Oct 31, 2002 9:27 AM
Road bike, minimal water damp cloth. Mtb, hose & bucket.nmrwbadley
Oct 31, 2002 8:43 AM
I use the shower....Bruno
Oct 31, 2002 8:48 AM
but not the one in my apartment. There is one next to the pool. I sneak the bike when no one is watching and put it inside the shower that is quite big. Then I take a garden hose thats is also in the pool area and proceed to clean the heck out of it. Sometime I spray simplegreen in full concentration to the drivetrain and wait about one minute before rinsing. It does the job very well. At the end I towel dry.

Very effective way to clean the bike.
is there an other way???philippec
Oct 31, 2002 9:00 AM
you sound eirily like me, 90 sq. metre flat, 3rd floor walk-up and the hose downstairs in the garden gets turned off in Sept. So its the bathtub, baby! I try do leave the tub cleaner than when I start so I really don't understand why my wife gives me grief ;-)!!! Oh, and the best thing is that I can hang the bike over the tub by catching the saddle on the shower rod!


Hadn't thought of that.Sintesi
Oct 31, 2002 9:30 AM
Shower rod - very good.
Is your wife jealous???mikebikr
Oct 31, 2002 10:11 AM
Take a bath with her once in a while too.
If you can find a tool stand that will fit, please let us know!Me Dot Org
Oct 31, 2002 10:32 AM
Bike maintenance in a studio apartment is a drag. Like a previous poster, my bike does not see water for cleaning. (Simple green or the orange stuff from Home Depot).
re: Any one clean their bike in the bathtub?12x23
Oct 31, 2002 5:39 PM
I have a collection of bike towels. I soak them with hot water and wipe my bike down after each ride. I start with the bars,stem, and saddle, then wipe the frame starting at the toptube and work down to the the real dirty stuff (no drivetrain, of course), and wheels/tires are last. The spent towels collect in a bucket until all are used, and then are washed and dried.

This only takes a minute or so if done after every ride because your bike is never really dirty.

This doesn't apply to long rain rides or drivetrain hygiene.
Found a better solutionmorati
Oct 31, 2002 6:10 PM
Used to wash them in my tub 'cause I live in an apartment building with no access to a hose. Then I bought a DIRTWORKER ( Of course you do need a car to use it but its the best tool (toy) I ever bought.