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Love it or hate it?(7 posts)

Love it or hate it?StevieP
Jan 16, 2003 12:45 AM
I have to admit that I am pretty anal about my bikes. I like them clean with a smooth running drivetrain. I have a bike for all weathers - my best bikes would never see rain.

Depending on which bike I have been using, this generally means cleaning one bike a week (maybe 2) which takes me 90 mins each.

Regular cleaning means that it isn't a horrible job as the bikes don't get a chance to get too dirty. In fact, rather than see this as a chore, I actually find it quite theraputic. Stick some tunes on and polish the pride & joy.
There is something particularly pleasurable about cleaning dirty jockey wheels.

Am I normal or is this obsessional behaviour?!

Anyone else out there the same as me?

Do you enjoy or hate cleaning your bikes?

Happy riding (and cleaning!)

Jan 16, 2003 5:32 AM
At 90 minutes each, I'd say you are a bit obsessive. I was a little worried about you until you said it was therapeutic. I guess we all have something we get into a little that acts as a bit of therapy for us. Enjoy!
Not quite as bad but.....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 16, 2003 5:36 AM
....I do clean mine after every ride.This may just be wiping the chain and frame of dirt or debris.I clean the entire bike and drivrtrain every week after my long ride.I find it a good way to relax after the ride.I also relube drivetrain ,pivot points,and pedals.I find I get less problems this way and catch things early before they become a major problem.My wife complains that I take better care of the bike than the car.
hate itMR_GRUMPY
Jan 16, 2003 6:33 AM
I'll clean my drive train once a week and wipe down the rest once a month. If I'm caught in the rain, I'll do a complete wipe down to get the crud off the bike.
I'd rather ride an extra 90 mins than spend it cleaning the bikedzrider
Jan 16, 2003 7:48 AM
I wipe the chain and the rims after most rides and little else unless I've been out in the rain. If I hear anything at all from the chain I clean it and the rest of the drive train before relubing.
I don't know...depends on what makes you happyBonked
Jan 16, 2003 10:32 AM
I too have a fair weather only bike and one I use for poor/potentially poor weather. For the most part, I just wash the fair weather bike (soap and water) and drive train (remove chain, cassette and chainrings and degrease and relube) once a week. Takes me ~45 minutes and the bike stays fairly clean. The other one gets wiped down and dried after a rainy ride, but not much is dirty no matter what!
PS - also meant to sayBonked
Jan 16, 2003 10:33 AM
how many people in your neighborhood spend hours and hours every weekend washing their car. And no one thinks they are weird...just depends on your priorities. I know my neighbors must think I'm crazy when I wash my already pretty clean bike every Sunday next to my dirtier-than-heck car!