Bike cleaning.

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Bike cleaning.

Postby dyson1590 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 19:20 pm

Hello,

Does anyone use any particular cloths when cleaning their bike off? Just wondering if there are any recommended ones for the dirty jobs like removing excess lube and another for drying/polishing?

Thank you in advance.

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby smidsy » Thu Dec 13, 2012 19:23 pm

Get something lint free so that it does not leave bits behind.
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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Wastegate86 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 19:23 pm

personally use alot of car cleaning products for cleaning my bike
find non acidic wheel cleaner with a thick pile brush paticually useful

bike cleaning brushes are a good buy too getting into tight areas

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby dyson1590 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 19:31 pm

Thanks for the replies,

I've got all the brushes, it's just the cloths for wiping down I could do with. Has anyone got one of these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/muc-off-premium ... ing-cloth/ ? Worth it for polishing / drying?

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby duckson » Thu Dec 13, 2012 20:16 pm

Microfibre cloths, get them in Tesco etc.
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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Bikeit65 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 20:43 pm

Microfibre cloths here
http://www.sweetcart.ie
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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby p1tse » Thu Dec 13, 2012 23:18 pm

Bikeit65 wrote:Microfibre cloths here

Is that using them when wet for a wipe down but how about the drive trains

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Bikeit65 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 23:54 pm

Use baby wipes
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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby #david2012 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 08:54 am

Bikeit65 wrote:Use baby wipes


+1 for the baby wipes

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby dyson1590 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 15:20 pm

Thank you!

Ordered some microfibre cloths off eBay.

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby mkviken » Fri Dec 14, 2012 15:35 pm

MF cloths from b&q (usually 3 packs for price of 2 on kent MF cloths) or asda ones are cheap and good quality


use them for cleaning the frame, then when theyre dirty start using them for cleaning chain and dirty areas then just bin them theyre so cheap.

after cleaning i spray on/wipe off some silicon lube as it helps stop dirt from sticking.

i use baby wipes for cleaning my garmin and helmet

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Kangarouge » Fri Dec 14, 2012 22:43 pm

+ 1 for Baby wipes. 69p at Tesco. Brilliant!

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby p1tse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 23:00 pm

So microfibres and baby wipes on the frame, handlebar, seat etc but what about the wheels and mechanical parts

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby nathancom » Sat Dec 15, 2012 06:57 am

You can get small steel bristle brushes, size of a toothbrush, in sets of 3 from b&q. I have found these to be excellent in cleaning the drive chain.

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby gsk82 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 09:50 am

i clean my frame with car shampoo and a sponge and do the drivetrain with an old sponge followed by some degreaser and a rag, generally an old shirt or bed sheet.

is any of that a major no-no?
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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Mike39496 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 23:26 pm

gsk82 wrote:i clean my frame with car shampoo and a sponge and do the drivetrain with an old sponge followed by some degreaser and a rag, generally an old shirt or bed sheet.

is any of that a major no-no?


Degreaser is a wonderful invention, saves so much effort on the drivetrain. This is pretty much how I wash mine but I have the muc-off brushes.

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby mjbennett » Sun Dec 16, 2012 07:25 am

Old toothbrushes as well - never throw one away again!

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby ricky1980 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 18:30 pm

old shirts/boxers/knickers/t-shirts

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Re: Bike cleaning.

Postby Philby » Tue Dec 18, 2012 01:08 am

Another vote for baby wipes for everything apart from drivechain where I use a degreaser, brush and old cloth before re-lubing. Baby wipes are also good for cleaning white bar tape.


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