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Car wash to clean road bike near Kusnacht ZH

Dear all,

I recently moved to Kusnacht (ZH), and I am now looking for a soft car wash with high-pressure hose to go and clean my road bike before the real season starts

After having being around for weeks, I just found normal, drive through car washes, but none of them has the self-service high-pressure hoses I would need.

Although it is not the perfect method to clean a bike, it is the only solution I have as I am not allowed to clean my bike in my building.

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Re: Car wash to clean road bike near Kusnacht ZH

If we couldn't do ours where we live (i.e. if Mr. L couldn't clean ours where we live!), I'd ask our velo mech for suggestions. As 'my' guy remarks that my bike is all clean and shiny when I take it in for a service and that it won't take too long as he doesn't have to clean it first, I presume they have facilities there for hosing the bikes down which are taken in dirty. Maybe in winter when they are mostly not overrun by 'urgent' jobs, they could allow you to use it. Worth trying.
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Re: Car wash to clean road bike near Kusnacht ZH

DONT ... DONT ... DONT

All bikes, shouldn't be washed with high pressure hoses. The water gets pushed into the oil seals, cables and brakes.

You will end up with rust, blocked bearings and stiff components.

Then you will probably get steering or brake failure, just at the worst moment, in the middle of a fast alpine pass decent on your road bike, or right in the middle of that fast flowing dowhnill, just before the drop !!!

Again, DONT wash with power washers.

( Get a bucket of warm water, sponge and go out on the street, if you need to )
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Re: Car wash to clean road bike near Kusnacht ZH

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DONT ... DONT ... DONT

All bikes, shouldn't be washed with high pressure hoses. The water gets pushed into the oil seals, cables and brakes.

You will end up with rust, blocked bearings and stiff components.

Then you will probably get steering or brake failure, just at the worst moment, in the middle of a fast alpine pass decent on your road bike, or right in the middle of that fast flowing dowhnill, just before the drop !!!

Again, DONT wash with power washers.

( Get a bucket of warm water, sponge and go out on the street, if you need to )
This isn't really true. Most professional teams use pressure washers to clean certain parts of the bike. (Crank, derailers, chain and cassette) It's not really necessary to clean other parts of the bike with a power washer, (and often not practical) and then you can just use soapy water (Which you can get from the pressure washer)
FYI on most modern bikes there are very few components liable to rust and most vulnerable parts are usually sealed units (headset and BB)
Unfortunately I can't help on locations, but could point you to loads in Zug!
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Re: Car wash to clean road bike near Kusnacht ZH

Volg in Stafa has what you are looking for. Coin operating.
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This isn't really true. Most professional teams use pressure washers to clean certain parts of the bike. (Crank, derailers, chain and cassette)

FYI on most modern bikes there are very few components liable to rust and most vulnerable parts are usually sealed units (headset and BB)
All very true, but I'd still suggest that this

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is the best approach by far. Finish with the age-old oily rag for any exposed mild steel and a spray of WD40 on the brake moving parts.

Deep cleaning of chain, dérailleurs and sprockets, which this won't do, is rarely required if you keep them properly lubricated and wipe of any crud that accumulates, and really more of a service item than a clean. And I wouldn't dream of using water in any case - a citrus degreaser is my tool of choice for dérailleurs and the like, and chains should simply be well lubed and the excess wiped away.
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?..I'd still suggest that this is the best approach by far.
But if you feel you have to do it on the street in winter, please don't forget that even if it a wonderfully sunny day and the air feels quite warm, if the road was very cold to start with and you go mad and use quite a bit of water, you may find yourself standing there for a while warning others of the sheet of ice where the 'warm' water got a bit chilly when it hit the deck. I kid you not. Happened to folk we knew who lived in the Aargau.
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I think Arrigoni in Adliswil has one, specially for motorcycles.
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Finish with the age-old oily rag for any exposed mild steel and a spray of WD40 on the brake moving parts.
Mild steel? Oily rag? Have I wandered into a post on steam locomotives? I can't think of any moving parts on brake components that require lubrication and as a rule of thumb, I wouldn't go anywhere near the brakes with lubricant. Any areas that do need lubrication should not be lubricated with WD40, as this will just attract grime, which will aid the wear process on moving parts. (Use a silicone based lubricant or any specialised lubricant)

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Deep cleaning of chain, dérailleurs and sprockets, which this won't do, is rarely required if you keep them properly lubricated and wipe of any crud that accumulates, and really more of a service item than a clean. And I wouldn't dream of using water in any case - a citrus degreaser is my tool of choice for dérailleurs and the like, and chains should simply be well lubed and the excess wiped away.
Dirt often gets ingrained into the lubricant and if not properly removed will wear those components. Regarding any acid based degreaser, this can strip all protection leaving components/areas of components accessible to the elements
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