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Re: Where to clean bike?

OH puts cardboard down on the floor of our basement storage unit then puts his bike on top and cleans it using a spray product containing orange oil.
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Old 03.05.2020, 19:16
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OH puts cardboard down on the floor of our basement storage unit then puts his bike on top and cleans it using a spray product containing orange oil.
Yes, orange oil degreasers are quite effective, and certainly claim to be greener than most, which are based on hydrocarbons, but the OP is asking about washing the bike using water, to remove mud or other dirt, and the orange oil spray is not effective for that, nor is doing it in the cellar practical.
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Old 03.05.2020, 19:40
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Re: Where to clean bike?

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Not needed. The use of eco-friendly solvents like that is worth mentioning. In the context of cleaning the working parts, or removing grease splatter from an over-oiled chain, these products are very useful indeed.
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So, I have this old bike which is almost falling apart because I never bothered to clean it. Not because I don't want to do it, but because I don't know where to do it! Apart from the fact that my neighbours might be annoyed if I do it in front of our building, there is no tap and I would have to carry buckets of water from the 4th floor?? I've never seen anyone else doing it 'on the street' either.

Now I am considering to buy a brand new one, but if I spend all this money, I should take care of the bike too.

I am seriously wondering how other people do this. Surely all those mountainbikes must be cleaned after a day in the mud. Any tips or ideas??
To wash your bike in a river is such a dumb thoughtless thing to do. Dont listen to any idiot that gives you such advice. Its anyhow illegal to do and shits up the river with grease!
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Re: Where to clean bike?

There's a car wash at the bottom of the hill where I take my mountain bike. I often meet fellow mountain bikers there covered in mud. If your bike has some serious mud/dirt caked on, it's really the only way.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Put a layer of newspaper on the kitchen table, set bike upside down on said kitchen table and start scrubbing (wife permitting).
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To wash your bike in a river is such a dumb thoughtless thing to do. Dont listen to any idiot that gives you such advice. Its anyhow illegal to do and shits up the river with grease!
You've already said this, and it's still simply nonsense.

Anything that will come off with river water alone is not 'grease' but mud and other road dirt. Oil on the chain and other moving parts will not be affected unless you use detergents and/or scrub them.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

I generally use the car wash. Works perfect.
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Anything that will come off with river water alone is not 'grease' but mud and other road dirt. Oil on the chain and other moving parts will not be affected unless you use detergents and/or scrub them.

While oil and grease on the chain and other moving parts won't be completely cleaned off, surely there will be some residue grease that ends up in the river if you throw your bike in. Do people wax bikes? If so, another possible contaminant in the river Simply common sense surely!
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Re: Where to clean bike?

The same question came to me as I am thinking of buying my first bike for ages, so thank God for the English forum, my first post here! I live on 4th floor of building in Zurich and thinking of also buying an indoor trainer where you put the bike on and pedal in your flat in cold or rainy days. So to do that the bike better be clean! So I was surprised that nobody mentioned the bathtub lol. Is it for conceived hygiene reasons? I'm no doctor but can't see how harmful bacteria could gather on a bike that is usually seen by the sun and blown by the wind but then again I'm curious to see what people think
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Old 30.09.2020, 07:13
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Re: Where to clean bike?

I guess Iím super lucky with my landlord. I asked if I can clean my bikes (Iím really fussy, I clean my bikes more than I ride them!) in the drive and was told, yes, of course!
Good to note, however, that I use biodegradable cleaner and lubricant, so no impact.

Mr ĎAll the gear and no ideaí is eyeing the next piece of kit, so keep your eye on some lightly used, top of the range, bargains hitting the market place soon, from aborted new hobbies! (Full suspension MTB, racing bike, skis)
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I guess I’m super lucky with my landlord. I asked if I can clean my bikes (I’m really fussy, I clean my bikes more than I ride them!) in the drive and was told, yes, of course!
Good to note, however, that I use biodegradable cleaner and lubricant, so no impact.

Mr ‘All the gear and no idea’ is eyeing the next piece of kit, so keep your eye on some lightly used, top of the range, bargains hitting the market place soon, from aborted new hobbies! (Full suspension MTB, racing bike, skis)
How are your feelings as to cleaning motorbikes ? I got a nice classic Harley that I can let you clean ? I wont even charge you for this pleasure ... ?
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Re: Where to clean bike?

When Mrs P was out, I used to put my bike in the bath tub, degrease with kitchen cleaner and then use the shower to rinse it off. Worked a treat until I scratched the enamel one day. I tried to blame the dog but we donít have one.
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Old 30.09.2020, 10:36
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How are your feelings as to cleaning motorbikes ? I got a nice classic Harley that I can let you clean ? I wont even charge you for this pleasure ... ?
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