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Apartment Dwellers - How do you clean bike?

Old 03-31-11, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
When I lived in an apartment, I used the bathtub.
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Old 03-31-11, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by November Dave View Post
Go to the hardware store and get a 5 gallon garden sprayer. They cost under $20. That solves your water source dilemma, it is a great substitute for a hose. Bonus - you can take it to cross races and use it for pit washes. The rest is just washing your bike like anyone else would.

For occasional light cleanups, use the wonderful Veloshine (www.veloshine.com) products. They are a sponsor of my team, and their wipes are great.
Good on them for sponsoring your team, but it sure sounds like a regular baby-wipe to me if it's also compatible with skin cleaning.
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Old 03-31-11, 08:11 AM
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you have to see them to really appreciate it. they are big in area and pretty substantial. i've used baby wipes, and they're okay, but with a veloshine you clean the frame and it's still going strong, and so you clean your wheels and tires and it's still going, so you clean your chain and floss your cassette with it when that's done. then it's thoroughly disgusting and spent. so this is the general baby wipe concept fully adapted to bike needs.
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Old 03-31-11, 08:34 AM
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Just call your apartment maintenance person.


You can always go to the Apartment Depot and see what they got over there, but you probably won't find a whole lot except an empty warehouse with a bunch of people standing around and going, "we ain't gotta fix ****". -Mitch Hedberg
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Old 03-31-11, 10:52 AM
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For an overall washdown, I do it outside the front door, with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, followed by a rinse bucket. I bounce the bike of excess water and dry with a towel. Then for the drive stuff, I go inside, lay down a few newspapers on the carpet, and set up the Feedback (nee Ultimate) bike stand. I can raise the bike so I can move a trashcan under the area I work on (rear, chain, cranks) and can sit on a chair. I'll use a paper towel or cotton rag around the rings and like floss on the cassette. I simply run the chain through a rag, oil the chain, wipe, repeat, maybe a toothbrush if it looks like crud in the links. I've just never felt like cassettes and chains are worth removing to thoroughly degrease regularly. I just oil and wipe the chain fairly often. I don't feel I have any wear or performance problems after decades of my regimen.
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Old 03-31-11, 11:05 AM
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Outside the door before I take it back inside....which explains the oil stains on the ground leading up to the door lol....and also why my room always smell like chain lube.
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Old 03-31-11, 11:19 AM
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I have a deck so I usually just go out there and clean it with paper towels. It's must easier once it dries to do this, during the summer time I will leave my bike stand always up it's on the back of the apartment so no worries on someone snagging it.

My mother doesn't live far away either, if I need to get down and dirty on the bike I will take it over there for a overhaul and do it in her garage (she's never home anyways).
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Old 03-31-11, 12:14 PM
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I would not suggest the bathtub route unless you want to do some extra cleaning afterwards:

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Old 03-31-11, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
I would not suggest the bathtub route unless you want to do some extra cleaning afterwards:
That's what happened to my bathtub. Took more time to clean the tub than it took to clean the bike.
And since I don't have a balcony I'm SOL
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Old 03-31-11, 12:35 PM
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When I lived in a condo there was no bike storage area so the bikes stayed on the balcony. Damaging the carpets wasn't an option, so muddy bikes were hosed down outside, wiped until no longer dripping, then carried upstairs and out onto the balcony. Normal road grit could be removed by wiping the oily bits down when out on the balcony. My balcony had no weather protection and it's often wet here in the PNW, so serious work on the bike was often done in my bathtub lined with cardboard to avoid scratches. No way would I have cleaned it in there, way too much work to clean the tub afterward.

I was SO happy when a neighbor put an extra garage he owned up for sale! I jumped on it ASAP.

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Old 04-01-11, 04:00 PM
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Has anyone tried a "waterhog" mat? A little pricey but "Water dam border holds up to 1.5 gallons/sq yard."
https://afm.waterhogfloormats.com/

A custom 3x5 or 3x6 mat? I think LL Bean has them too.
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Old 04-01-11, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Shuke View Post
I would not suggest the bathtub route unless you want to do some extra cleaning afterwards:

You don't fill the tub and bathe the bicycle! You use the hand-held shower attachment to wash the bicycle and wash all the dirt etc. down the drain.
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Old 04-19-11, 10:00 AM
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I also use Pledge to polish the bike.
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Old 04-19-11, 10:34 AM
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I have used the shower, along with a pesticide type pump sprayer and a GOOD squirt bottle.

https://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Ortho-P.../dp/B004MJ1VY4

https://www.autogeek.net/spray-master.html

https://www.autogeek.net/autogeek-pressure-sprayer.html

Big bottle for rinse water, small bottles for chemicals. I will dilute them a little lighter than what the bottle says, and I have generally tried as much as I could. Diluted Simple Green and good car wash shampoo work well, with the latter being better IMHO.

What I will do is mix the soap of choice and spot soak, let sit for a few minutes and hit it again, the second hit will generally knock off any of the crud and then I will rinse using the small bottle. Then rinse using the second large bottle. The small stream does a good job of controlling where the spray goes, the splash, and where the crud ends up.

For a road bike, I am sure there is far less, but my rides still put some dirt on the frame.



As a side note, I have pets and the large spray bottle works well to mix carpet cleaner in and use around the house for messes.
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Old 04-19-11, 11:32 AM
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I use the shower. It isn't ideal, but it works. Just wipe it down with degreaser and a sponge when you're done.
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Old 04-19-11, 11:32 AM
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Buy some cheap microfiber rags and Pedro's Green Fizz Bike Wash. I haven't gotten a road bike dirty enough yet where that method didn't suffice. Mtn bikes are a different story - definitely have to spray down the caked mud before bringing it in the apt.
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Old 04-19-11, 11:36 AM
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you wash your bike????



i just use baby wipes every now and then when the dirt/grime appears to have added a pound or two to the overall bike weight
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Old 01-19-21, 08:09 AM
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I found a local gas station with a water station for cars. Actually this worked better than I expected. I bring all of the equipment with me in an old bag. Roughly takes an hour to clean and wash my bike from start to finish.
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Old 01-19-21, 10:22 AM
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Not sure why you need a running water source.

I clean my bike in my garage and there is a hose but I don't need it. You just need a go to the basement or outside and bring a bike stand, rags and a bucket with an assortment of cleaners and brushes,
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Old 01-22-21, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
lots of dirt - shower
less dirt - water/windex

chain and drivetrain: nylon brush + dish soap + sink
yup. The shower works just fine. I lived in a 200 sq ft apt and would clean my drivetrain by putting old towels on top of cardboard to protect the floor while the bike was in the stand in the kitchen/living room/entryway.
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Old 01-24-21, 04:57 AM
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Ultrasonic cleaner for drive train.
Wet wipes for anything else.

I have a 10L unit with a drain tap. Can reuse degreaser a few times just strain when draining.

Before that, I used car washes as well. No bearings damaged whatsoever.
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Old 01-24-21, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by November Dave View Post
Go to the hardware store and get a 5 gallon garden sprayer. They cost under $20. That solves your water source dilemma, .
I've been washing my car in winter this way for years. For a bike I would get a wallpaper sprayer at a paint store. Maybe $10. Holds half gallon of water. Simply pump up pressure and spray, no hose to deal with.
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Old 01-27-21, 07:47 AM
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*Do not use paper towels on any paint that you don’t want swirled/scratched. They are much to abrasive.
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Old 01-28-21, 12:24 PM
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In the bath tub. Cleans up and the tub as well with not much problem.
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