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The rules: Cleaning your bike

The air is warm again, the tarmac shimmers and the sun strokes the back of every rider’s neck. Leathers hang patiently, helmets seem to buzz in anticipation and garage doors are poised on standby. At no point in this fantasy is it cool to walk outside in your finest attire and straddle a filthy, gunk-clad bike. Sometimes we tell ourselves a...

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SatNavSteve

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SatNavSteve says:

Damn, I've been given a bum steer! Should have checked WD 40's website for the facts. Never mind, its still good stuff, and GT 85 I've used recently is good too!

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Bob_1

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Bob_1 says:

Rule Number 11

......Don't use a power washer on a bike. It's lazy and unneccessary. It can cause water penetration where you don't want it. It can strip paint and graphics. It can cause you to miss things on the bike you would see or feel when hand washing. The only exception is a muddy moto-crosser. I know a lot of people have bought them and do cars, patios, windows and anything else with them. Our obsession with power tools is to blame. Do not use a power washer on your bike.

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SPRINTMAN52

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SPRINTMAN52 says:

Adjustable Washer

Nothing wrong with a Pressure Washer if it's an adjustable type.I use one and with the pressure turned down.Give the bike a wash first and spray a bit of degreaser on the back wheel etc.,obviously don't point  the Pressure Washer at the electric's,chain,clocks, etc. and you have a really good job done very quickly.I also use a Leafblower,dry's the bike in no time.Mine is a Stil petrol type but a cheap electric one works fine.It's excellent for drying the brakes.Never had a problem.

Also use a quick shine wax inbetween proper waxing,just spray it on and a quick buff,WD 40 on the engine and you have something to be proud of in no time.

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DazLoczy

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DazLoczy says:

I'll be b*ll*cksed...

...if I'm gonna do that after every commute. Clean chain/lube, quick wash with cleaning product once a week and a deep clean, polish wax twice a year will do thanks. Even without considering the all-weather riding and 16k miles in 18 months it ain't looking too shabby.

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snev

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snev says:

well put

daz........... Too much Poncing about....Bikes are for riding not polishing.....

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romford4

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romford4 says:

+1 again Daz

All the articles about how to clean your bike, and the propaganda from the manufacturers of expensive cleaning products is wasted on me.  I've been using Fairy Liquid for years - does a better job of cleaning my bike than most so-called dedicated bike or car cleaners, I've never noticed any increase in rust forming (supposedly due to the high salt content in washing up liquid), and it's miles cheaper.  Chain lube, WD40, Pledge furniture polish for the painted surfaces, and Flash disinfectant wipes for matt black plastics.  Unless you've got a £15k Ducati that you keep next to the radiator in your dining room and only use twice a year, why would you waste the time and energy going OTT on the cleaning?

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SPRINTMAN52

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SPRINTMAN52 says:

Dirt = smelly

I treat my bike as I treat myself,my home,car,dog and even my village,it's clean

Says it all really

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Piglet2010

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Piglet2010 says:

Grease

A layer of grease on the brake rotors keeps them from rusting.

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snev

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snev says:

piglet

that's a good tip mate........think I'll try that.

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bikerpete51

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bikerpete51 says:

clean machine

Stopped using pledge on my 'screen since it prob'ly contains solvents etc, so only use detergent and water to wash with a sponge. Pledge or Mr Min for the rest 'cept of course the discs :-) Agree with other comments no need for expensive specialist cleaners, use what you've got in your cupboard. Chain? SAE90 gear oil, less fling than engine oil, lasts longer, a tenner for a litre, bargain!  

 

 

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