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  1. FOXROX

    FOXROX Turbo Monkey

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    what is your favorite cleaining solution for cleaning your bike?

    mine would have to be with out a doubt greased lightning!

     

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  2. jimmydean

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  3. r464

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  4. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    Simple green.

    Full strength: chain, cogs.

    Dilluted: rest of bike.

    Rinse gently, bounce off excess water, wipe down.

    Let dry over night.

    Lube next day.
     
  5. Dartman

    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    Don't use original formula Greased Lightning on bare aluminium. It will etch it!

    Some citrus degreasers will eat rubber seals too.

    I just use Dawn dishwashing liquid and water.

    Mike
     
  6. moff_quigley

    moff_quigley Why don't you have a seat over there?

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    :stupid:

    Sometimes I'll hit the drivetrain pieces with an "orange" type degreaser.
     
  7. r464

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    Blue Dawn is always a good choice.
     
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    Straight simple green for everything!!!! Spray it down, wash it off with a hose, dry the particular areas lube it up and go!!!!!

    If I am feeling good, I will giver her a wipe down with some bike lust, kinda helps to keep it from collecting trail dirt quite as fast.
     
  9. jimmydean

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    I use that same process with my wife.
     
  10. r464

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    Get a squeegee...
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Actually, you'll want to wash her just BEFORE riding, not after.
     
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    how bout going old school. i remember watching an old TdF video and the euro mechanics were using a combo of diesel and water with a big brush. they'd wash the whole bike down and relube. nice and enviro friendly
     
  13. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    That's not how I roll.
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    +1 for Simple Green and a long bristle brush.
     
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    Dartman Old Bastard Mike

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    It keeps you from having to stand precariously in a plastic chair to reach the roof. :p
     
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    Oil Eater, smells great and does a great job. Waterbased too.
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    Make that a crispy white plastic chair that has started the "biodegradable" process. Wobbly piece of trash. lol, you would think I learned from the first time. *shakes head*
     
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    409 is the way to go
     
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    Simple Green.
     
  20. ito

    ito Mr. Schwinn Effing Armstrong

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    I worked briefly at a shop that still had diesel in the solvent tank that they used for cleaning stuff up. Worked awesome, smelled like hell, not sure how old that diesel was.
     
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    Paint thinner FTW.
     
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    gasoline is better :pirate2:
     
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    Actually I use beer.

    I keep drinking it until I don't give a fvck about cleaning the bike. :p
     
  24. r464

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    A flamethrower will help to remove any residue...
     
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    BMXman I wish I was Canadian

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    same here...D
     
  26. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    I use this method as well.
     
  27. Westy

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    Don't soak your chains in simple green. It can form hydrogen inclusions in the steel and cause cracking, or something like that. There was an article about it on Velonews a few years ago.

    Edit: Found it.
    http://www.velonews.com/article/9216
     
  28. H8R

    H8R Cranky Pants

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    No soaking.

    Spray on full strength, wait like 5 minutes, scrub scrub scrub, rinse.
     
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    If you read through the article, its not saying that you shouldnt use simple green on your chain, Its saying not to leave your chain soaking for an extended period of time. But then again, you shouldnt leave your chain soaking in any degreaser for an extended period of time. I use and have been using simple green on my chains for as long as I can remember, But I also dont soak my chain for a week, i use it in my park tools chain scrubber, then I rinse it with water, and relube the next morning, and in over five years, I cannot remember ever breaking a chain. I also must credit this to being diligent about checking my chains on a regular basis.
     
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    On my personal bike I always use a car wash soap with the wax additive. Makes cleaning the bike next time much easier. Mud also does not build up on the frame as bad. After getting the bike good and clean I will use simple green on the drivetrain and brakes. I am not all that good about lubing my chain though. Guess it can't be that bad my last chain was 2+ seasons old when I finally replaced it:twitch:. I am getting better about lubing the chain before every ride.

    As a mechanic I just used bike lust or whatever the pink bike cleaner is. I loved when I was doing full cable replacement because I would just take the drivetrain off and put it in the ultrasonic tank then put it all back on sparkling clean. The cleaner the the customer brought the bike in the cleaner it left.
     
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    Nope, kerosene. slower burning :busted:

    I actually use simple green. Its my favey! :rolleyes:
     
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    Any detergent that comes to hand diluted in plenty of water for general washing.

    Kerosene or equivalent for encrusted greasy materials.

    Rinse gently with water, blow all water out of chain with compressed air, lubricate chain.
     
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    regular degreaser and old toothbrush