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Where to clean bike?

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??
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Old 05.04.2009, 16:20
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Don't garages have high pressure hoses you can use?

Meanwhile, you can enjoy this.
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Old 05.04.2009, 16:39
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Re: Where to clean bike?

You won't see cars being washed in the street for the same reason: it's not allowed. Contaminated water full of detergents, etc.

Most I know go to the carwash, where as DB says above, you can use a high pressure hose.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

I do mine in my underground garage (which is pretty large in size). There's a sky-light type section in the middle which is pretty well hidden - that's the spot.

I usually cheekily wash my bike there, it's out of the way and no one has bothered me or complained yet
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Re: Where to clean bike?

It makes me cringe to imagine using a high-pressure water hose to spray delicate (and often expensive) bike parts! At least for road bikes - I'm sure mountain bikes and most commuter or touring bikes might be tougher. But I have always read that the best way to clean a bike involves dribbling water lightly, from a bucket or softly from a hose, from above the bike so that liquid doesn't get in the headset and other places it shouldn't be. So if you go to one of the carwashes just be careful...

I just got done cleaning our bikes here - Our landlord said it was ok to do this out in the driveway and we have a water hose that any tenant can use, so you might check to see if you have that too. I just put some old towels down to catch the grease.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Check out what ChrisW has to say about cleaning bikes here.
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Old 05.04.2009, 18:51
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Re: Where to clean bike?

I saw today people cleaning the bikes along motorcycles and cars in garages.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Be very careful when using those high pressure water jets.

Your bike could have many of the bearings being "non-sealed", like the headset and wheel hubs, or even the bottom bracket.

Modern bikes and more expensive models have sealed bearings, others don't.

You could wash away the grease on those bearings and to regrease them again you'd need to dismount the bike.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Exactly the same question, 11 years later
I just bought a new bike, and I'm living in apartment building..
so would appreciate an advice - where can I wash it?
Oh, yeah, I'm living in Zug.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

I have a river close to home, I always toss the bike in the river after downhilling and scrub most of the stuff of.

Water is water.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

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I just bought a new bike, and I'm living in apartment building..
so would appreciate an advice - where can I wash it?
Oh, yeah, I'm living in Zug.
Look for these: Self-Service Waschbox

And be careful with those high-pressure jets... the "trigger" on these jets only has 2-settings, min and max I usually just keep my finger off the trigger... Use a degreaser to make the job easier.

And if you can avoid it, don't go on the weekends when it is sunny, the car nuts that hang around these places will give you the cold stare... unless of course you've developed a thick enough skin like me
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I just bought a new bike, and I'm living in apartment building..
so would appreciate an advice - where can I wash it?
Oh, yeah, I'm living in Zug.
If you must, then simply take a bucket of water, degreaser spray, scrubbing brush and sponge, to the side of road next to a drain, 5 minutes and you're done.

Don't really see the problem, myself.

Then again, the last time any of my bikes was washed was, well, never, I suspect. They get 'cleaned' from time to time, either by being used in the rain and/or a noily rag™, and TBH that's all I think they need. Component parts, like gears and brakes, need periodic maintenance, of course, which included de-gunging them, but that's a world away from washing, as I see it.

I do confess I like Edwin's "throw it in the river" idea, though.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

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Exactly the same question, 11 years later
I just bought a new bike, and I'm living in apartment building..
so would appreciate an advice - where can I wash it?
Oh, yeah, I'm living in Zug.
Another option would be the brunnen in your town square... make sure you do it on a Sonntag
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Usually, I take a bucket of water with few drops of dish soap and old rags or sponges that can be disposed. Clean thoroughly the frame, saddle, handle bars, pedals and fenders. Around gearbox, transmission and chain, use dry rag that can be wasted. Make sure you don’t smear grease all over the clean parts and your clothes. It can be very messy so do it outside or balcony!
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Re: Where to clean bike?

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I just bought a new bike, and I'm living in apartment building..
so would appreciate an advice - where can I wash it?
Oh, yeah, I'm living in Zug.
Not sure if this could be ok for you but if you have no better options there's a bikewash station at the end of the zugerberg trail close to Schönegg.
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Not sure if this could be ok for you but if you have no better options there's a bikewash station at the end of the zugerberg trail close to Schönegg.
Thank you all for your answers, as of tomorrow they will open carwash places, so maybe I get to clean my bike after all
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Re: Where to clean bike?

It sounds like a great idea to go to a proper car/bike washing place.

For everyone else washing their bikes in driveways etc. please consider the environment as stormdrains drain directly into streams and lakes - if you won't tip whatever you're washing it with into the lake directly - then consider using something else

I live in an apartment and can generally get away with a wet cloth and an old rag to catch any drips - mind you I don't do any sort of mud riding.
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Yesterday’s rain did quite a good job on mine
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Re: Where to clean bike?

Leave it out in the rain, problem solved!

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Re: Where to clean bike?

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I have a river close to home, I always toss the bike in the river after downhilling and scrub most of the stuff of.

Water is water.
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