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So where do YOU wash your bike in winter?(26 posts)

So where do YOU wash your bike in winter?theBreeze
Jan 30, 2004 7:35 AM
Outside it would become a "bike-sicle"
My wife would kill me, but . . .ms
Jan 30, 2004 7:40 AM
if the temperatures don't get above 32F soon, I may have to try your method. How hard is it to clean the tub afterwards?
Nothing. .tmguy
Jan 30, 2004 8:04 AM
a lot of elbow grease, hot water and cleanser can't remove. The grease in the water will cling to any soap scum you might have in the tub. If you use brushes you will ge splatter everywhere.
Luckily I am the wife.theBreeze
Jan 30, 2004 8:04 AM
It's not hard to clean the tub at all. Just a little Comet and elbow grease. Make sure to use an old towel under the fork ends to prevent scratches on the tub surface. My tub is nice in that it is big and has a hand shower.

Temps here will be above 32 by noon, but I want to be out riding then, not cleaning.
The kitchen. nmMike P
Jan 30, 2004 7:57 AM
re: So where do YOU wash your bike in winter?philippec
Jan 30, 2004 8:09 AM
Is there any other place to wash a bike? Seriously, when you live in an appartment and they shut off the outside spigot to prevent the pipes from freezing, the tub is the !only! way to go. And, no the car wash is not convenient (too far away)

As long as you follow the #1 anti-divorce/girlfriend dump rule ("Thou shalt leave the tub cleaner than it was before you washed your g-dmn bike in it") you should (and I mean *should* ) be fine. Just don't let your S.O. watch you do the dirty deed, their sensibilities cannot handle such a brazen desecration of their most hallowed space....


OK, I'll admit it.............Dave Hickey
Jan 30, 2004 8:13 AM
I don't use water on any of my bikes. Even my rain/crappy weather bike is cleaned with degreaser and windex.

Am I the only one?
Same here....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 30, 2004 8:41 AM the Winter.I clean them in a spare room off the kitchen.I use degreaser spray on the frame and cranks,brakes and der's.I use rubbing alcohol on the rims to clean any road grime and salt.I usually finsh with Lemon pledge on the frame to shine it up and give it that lemony fresh smell.The chain I use a Finish Line chain cleaning tool and degreaser.I then use water to rinse the chain and let it dry before relubing.
If I do it, it's with windex/degreaser (nm)cmgauch
Jan 30, 2004 9:17 AM
Same here again... and cleanup is simpleFez
Jan 30, 2004 11:17 AM
I do a combo of wet paper towels and water-diluted simple green. I use rubber gloves and keep a trash can nearby, because a lot of nasty stuff does come off.

I also do it in a small, contained area off of the kitchen. The flooring there is synthethic tile and not wood. That way I just mop up the stuff that falls to the floor.

This routine hasn't pissed off the wife yet. She's like the Monica character on Friends in keeping the house obsessively clean, so leaving a patch of grit on the living room wood floors would be a big NO-NO.
I don't wash it - just wipe off the worst of the crudebimini
Jan 30, 2004 11:05 AM
with a dry towel. I believe washing the crude off in the winter does more harm than good. Last year I lost a set of campy hubs from spraying down the bike down with a hose routinely after winter early spring riding. It worked the salt and sand into the hubs and then they were toast.

This year I am just wiping off the worst of the crud and letting the outside bike sit outside. My sort of good road bike stays set up on the trainer and I ride my beater hybrid / cyclocross bike out side and just wipe it down now and then and lube and clean the chain with homebrew.
I don't (nm)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 30, 2004 8:15 AM
Uh...Anyone have bike polish???biknben
Jan 30, 2004 8:17 AM
I can't remember the last time my road bikes needed a hose and brush. I use bike polish and the rig is good as new. Spray it on, wipe it off. It eats right through the Cytomax, grease, dirt, and road salt. No water required.
Pedros Bike Lust is my favorite....nmDave Hickey
Jan 30, 2004 8:21 AM
*** Second!! *** Bike Lust is my favorite....nmcjwill
Jan 30, 2004 8:34 AM
Lemon Pledge.(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 30, 2004 8:42 AM
Prefer orange myself.(nm)Frith
Jan 30, 2004 2:38 PM
Me too...velocity
Jan 30, 2004 8:42 AM
Just ran out. I need to get a new bottle.
re: So where do YOU wash your bike in winter?Andy M-S
Jan 30, 2004 8:24 AM
When my spouse and I (really my spouse) were planning our new house, I mentioned that having a sink in the shop would be a good thing, and so--I have a laundry sink in the shop! It's great for all kinds of messy cleaning activities, degreasing, that sort of thing. Not to mention de-mucking myself afterwards. I just put a dropcloth down on the floor, clamp the bike in a workstand, and do my cleaning right there. It's a bit of a pain having the shop in the basement, but with the temperature outside (NOT the windchill) sitting at -17F, it's sure nice not to have to work in the garage!
Get a bigger tub.dzrider
Jan 30, 2004 8:41 AM
My wife couldn't believe it when I agreed to getting a larger tub as part of remodeling the master bathroom.
Boy was she surprised the first time I got naked with my bike and took a shower. A few tips:

Dark tubs are better than white tubs.

Wipe everything from the chainrings back to the rear hub, the brakes, and underside of the fork with a rag b4 you get into the tub. Makes clean-up a lot easier.

Put plastic wrap over your handle bar tape.

Use a blow dryer on hard to reach spots.

Dish towels leave less lint than bath towels.

Don't stay in there too long, talk out loud to your bike or make moaning noises.
A winter bike will never be clean, sogtx
Jan 30, 2004 8:49 AM
I don't get too stressed about it. I basically do the same thing with all my bikes whenever the mood strikes or they are just too cruddy to ignore any longer. Put in repair stand, remove wheels, put wide trash can under bike to catch crud, spray down bike with light simple green solution, go at it with rags and brushes, put wheels back on (if I'm really motivated I've cleaned these seperately), clean chain, relube, you're done. Takes 5 minutes.
I clean my bike after every ride...kevinacohn
Jan 30, 2004 9:43 AM
So there really isn't any time for serious dirt, etc. to build up before I get rid of it. Therefore, I don't really have any problems with keeping the bike clean...
I don't either. (nm)Trogon
Jan 30, 2004 10:00 AM
Jan 30, 2004 7:09 PM
Just today when I was cleaning it outside, I had to take off my jacket because I was getting a bit warm. Texas, y'all.
Jan 30, 2004 8:34 PM
Texas, must be nice. It is about zero (0) degrees out side right now.
What is this 'winter' you speak of??usna00
Jan 30, 2004 9:01 PM
Ahh, the joys of living just slightly north of the equator. Everyday is the middle of summer and I've since forgotten how to wear arm warmers.

Of course it all evens out because once your summer comes along I'm roasting away like the sunday ham because that sun is oh so close....