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  1. Dirt Jumper

    Dirt Jumper Chimp

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    Do you try to keep your bike relatively clean? I do, because I mainly have nothing to do at night. Everything's always pretty much clean.

    Anyone else?
     

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  2. chicodude

    chicodude The Spooninator

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    Dust i dont really care about, But if It gets too muddy or dusty, hose it off, spray simple green on it, and wait 10 min, and hose it off again.
     
  3. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    Clean, what's clean?
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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  5. Porter2

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    Nope if mine gets to dirty i bring it outside and just push all the mud and dirt off with my hands.

    Porter
     
  6. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Depends how "clean" we're talking. I try to keep the chain clean, and the cockpit area clean. Other than that....not really.
     
  7. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    I usually wash mine quickly once a month on each of them. i finally took apart my hardtail and gave it a well deserved cleaning... piece by piece. The bike is riding a lot better now, so I am sorry i waited so long. I decided that this winter i will break down each bike and clean each individual part and reassemble. Hopefully i will do it every year. i ride them all enough.. they deserve it
     
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    Konabumm Konaboner

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    only when they need it
     
  9. The Amish

    The Amish Dumber than N8

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    I just leave mine lying on the ground outside my house. If it rains, it gets cleaned
     
  10. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    People laugh about how clean my bike is. I wash and wax it once a week, and clean/lube the drivetrain after each ride. It's some work but I seem to go through parts a lot less often than my friends.
     
  11. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I clean my bike by kicking it.
     
  12. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    Before I headed back from Europe I hosed off my bike, just so the Homeland Security asshats wouldn't get freaked out by foreign dirt. I'm pretty sure that's the only time I've washed a bike this year. It's been really dry so mud hasn't been an issue. The only bike maintenance I generally do is lubing the chain and making sure my hubs are tight.
     
  13. Dirt Merchant

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    "People laugh about how clean my bike is. I wash and wax it once a week, and clean/lube the drivetrain after each ride. It's some work but I seem to go through parts a lot less often than my friends"

    Same here. I find it very relaxing..plus I look for cracks.
     
  14. Dirt Jumper

    Dirt Jumper Chimp

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    Yeaaah. This is how clean my bike is. I don't wax it though, because my paint job isn't shiny, it's a flat green. I degrease and lube my chain with Rock 'N Roll, then take a shop rag and move it in and out between each cog on my cassette, then clean my derailler (all I need is a rag, it never gets mudded or anything) Then I clean my Sun S-Type rims, then I clean my bash guard and front chainring, crank arms, then I clean the cockpit, the fork crown and legs, then it's usually looking really good.
     
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    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    I've found several minor problems and fixed them before they became major problems. Things like cracked cable housings, loose pivot, frayed cables, bad chain links, loose spokes. I think it's worth it, and like you I find it relaxing.
     
  16. oly

    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    I keep the Drivetrain and fork real clean, but the rest of the bike just gets the once over woth a brush and hose.
     
  17. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I brush the worst of the crap off when it starts to feel heavy. :p
     
  18. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I really try to keep my bikes clean and well maintained.
     
  20. robdamanii

    robdamanii OMG! <3 Tom Brady!

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    Why do we have to look directly at your ass, eh?
     
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    I too haven't cleaned my bike all that often this summer because it's been so dry. I generally lube the chain, make sure the brakes work, check tire pressure and occassionally check my spokes, hubs and shock & fork pressures.
     
  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Ummmmmm.... you don't. You could have focused on the bog or the bike, but noooooooooooo - you had to look directly at his ass. :think:

    NTTAWWT. :p
     
  23. Angus

    Angus Jack Ass Pen Goo Win

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    One of the main things that attracted me to a Singlespeed was the ease of maintenance, I keep the chain relativatly clean, and a wash the bike completely when it needs it or when I am bored, but not having excessive moving parts (derailers, shocks, pivots...) upkeep is simple if it makes a noise I check it out (like bottom bracket creaks) if the bike is quiet it's all good.
     
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    Occasionally. Cleaning it makes me pay it close attention so I find the small things that require adjustment or repair. The last one was a really loose cassette - d'oh, so that's why I was getting this bad chain rattle...

    J
     
  25. splat

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    When I do a Muddy ride ,I usually hose the bike down , lately as every one has said it has been so dry that it has not been nessecary. now winter riding becose a challenge because you get all the snow and Ice that freezes on the frame, plus if you do some time on the road you have road salt.
     
  26. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    Generally, I only get concerned with dirt on the bike when I'm taking it inside to put on the trainer (mud flying across the living room ain't so good). Otherwise, I try to keep the drivetrain as clean as possible and well-lubed.
     
  27. Polandspring88

    Polandspring88 Superman

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    I usually never clean my bike. I'll lube the chain and do the general once overs, brushing the dirt away as I go, but generally I let them maintain their dirty look. It makes it appear as if I ride them.
     
  28. Andy_B

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    Il wash my rigs maybe once a month. But it has been really dry here.
    every ride or so, chain lube only.

    10 or so days before a race. total tear down clean lube ect. (DH and SS)
     
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  30. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You know, with the tire clearance on these new forks, that has become a real problem...........
     
  31. mack

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    This is reason #1 to run a inverted fork.
     
  32. grundy

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    I keep the drivetrain and fork clean. If the bike gets muddy enough that it will get other stuff dirty, I'll clean it up. Other than that, I'll clean it up once in a while to inspect for cracks and other damage.
     
  33. Changleen

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    Yeah, I agree. I like to smoke a bowl, have a beer and get real anal about getting every last bit of dust off. It's extremely satisfying to make your bike shine. I have a wide variety of cleaning products and tools, including 2000 grit wet and dry, autosol, brasso, wax, GT85, a full set of crazy different shaped bike brushes, a huge pile old clean cotton t-shirts and so on. I will also strip and service anything that looks like it's ingesting crap. Since I've been able to afford sealed hubs (as an adult :) ) this is far easier, but like you say Reactor, you do often spot minor niggles that can be rectified before they actually become a problem. I've been known to clean all my housemate's bikes as well. I just like clean bikes. A clean bike is a happy bike.
     
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  35. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    You might consider seeking :help:

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