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How far do you go with cleaning your ride
Full Monty (go over everything, make sure it looks brand new)
53%
 53%  [ 14 ]
Essential (clean the drivetrain,suspension,brakes and occasionally the frame)
38%
 38%  [ 10 ]
Shed (put it away, care more about cleaning yourself and getting a brew down you than cleaning your bike)
7%
 7%  [ 2 ]
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jgmu97



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:04 pm    Post subject: Another Cleaning Thread Reply with quote

Just interested to see how far you go with cleaning after a ride....

How long do you spend cleaning?

Do you go as far as making the bike spotless?

Do you remove anything from the bike while cleaning?

Do you use a workstand?

Just interested. I usually give my bike a pretty decent clean after each ride, and strip it down every few months.

Going to strip it down and give it a good service towards the end of next month as the weather will hopefully have improved by then Very Happy Aswell as that, my local trail center thing re-opens Smile

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GunBalina



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends how dirty it is (and/or where I've been riding).
Sandy stuff, I bring it back to spotless, remove chain, wheels, clean it all, check it all. If it's good weather or not too muddy and I'll be using it very soon, just the drive train, suspension and brakes, oil and give it a decent check.
I take about 30 mins for a full clean, 5 mins for the other times. Major strip down every few months (depending on the use). Working on clean bikes is a breeze. I refuse to touch dirty bikes.
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PulledByAMalamute



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whack it on the stand and give it a good clean all over. Takes me about 45 mins from start to rolling it back in dry & done. Might not be after the ride, depending on weather, probably the following day.
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philsmin



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If possible it gets a quick hose down after each ride,

I always re-lube the chain and clean the rear shock and forks after every ride though

Every now and again it gets a proper wheels off back to new looking clean but not all that often, not much point imo

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petriodet



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

in winter i clean the drivetrain after every ride and rinse the frame and other parts,every week or 2 i do a deep clean.
in the summer i can get away without cleaning it for 2 weeks or but i often do a deep clean about every 2 weeks.
i try to stick to this but for me it depends how dirty it is and that ultimately dictates how often it gets cleaned.
As for cleaning time it takes no longer then 45 minutes to get it spotless but i have all the tools and don't hang around and i strip, clean and regrease everything every 4 months.
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Smurf



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do I choose 2 options?

It gets put away dirty coz I can't be arsed after a ride.
I spend a good couple of hours making it spotless the day after.
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the last starfighter



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's really filthy it will get a quick rub down after a ride. Maybe a bit of WD40, then some oil. Sometimes I'll just let it go a bit rusty though.

Other times, if it's late, or cold, I might just leave it, caked in mud. It might then sit there like that for weeks while I ride my other bikes. They often end up more rusty after a wash anyway.

Then once in a while, usually in the summer, it'll get a proper clean. Mr Muscle and stuff.

Roughly annually, or bi-annually, my bikes might get a proper strip down to every last nut and bolt, oiled and re-greased, and given a new lease of life.

Mostly it depends on what I can be bothered to do. And usually that isn't much.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:51 am    Post subject: Re: Another Cleaning Thread Reply with quote

jgmu97 wrote:
Just interested to see how far you go with cleaning after a ride....

How long do you spend cleaning?

Do you go as far as making the bike spotless?

Do you remove anything from the bike while cleaning?

Do you use a workstand?


As long as it takes.

Near enough.

Wheels regularly. Everything else every 3 months (except headset and bb, that's yearly)

Absolutely! It's just crazy talk if you don't ShockedVery Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotless after every ride.

Left it after one night ride and had to come home from work the next morning to clean it.

Love getting it caked in crap but can't leave it on there.

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