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09/30/18 at 2:09am
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Aside from soap and water, what's the protocol?
  
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Reply #1 - 09/30/18 at 2:15am
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Paint Brush and trim the bristles just a bit. 
I have used an orange based cleaner degreaser for years.
And Pledge or equivalent furniture wax. Spray it on and wipe the frame with a nice soft hand towel. 

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Reply #2 - 09/30/18 at 10:13am
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Make sure to shine up the rotors real good with the Pledge too. Wink
  
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Reply #3 - 09/30/18 at 12:08pm
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santana wrote on 09/30/18 at 2:15am:
Paint Brush and trim the bristles just a bit. 
I have used an orange based cleaner degreaser for years.
And Pledge or equivalent furniture wax. Spray it on and wipe the frame with a nice soft hand towel. 

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I'd thought I'd heard about Pledge.  This confirms it.
  
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Reply #4 - 09/30/18 at 12:40pm
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I use something like Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer because thats what I keep in the garage.
  
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Reply #5 - 09/30/18 at 8:05pm
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Simple Green...had multiple carbon bikes, no issues.  Plus it cuts grease like no other.
  
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Reply #6 - 09/30/18 at 8:51pm
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Mr.B wrote on 09/30/18 at 8:05pm:
Simple Green...had multiple carbon bikes, no issues.  Plus it cuts grease like no other.



Need to cut Simple Green 50/50. It will haze anodized parts like Rims and fork Lowers. Always wet surface first, and never let it dry with out rinsing
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Reply #7 - 10/01/18 at 1:05am
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I never use soap on my bikes. 

I do a light rinse after riding, then a quick wipe down/dry with a microfiber cloth with a little spray wax on it. If you do this, any stuck on mud will pop right off.

I use a separate cloth for drying chains, wiping wheel/tires, shoes, etc..
Keeps everything looking like new and it just takes a few minutes.

Any greasy areas get a paper towel or a cutip with a little rubbing alcohol. Followed by the microfiber cloth and a little spray wax everywhere except tires and rotors, of course.
  
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Reply #8 - 10/01/18 at 1:31am
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IntheBush wrote on 10/01/18 at 1:05am:
I never use soap on my bikes. 

I do a light rinse after riding, then a quick wipe down/dry with a microfiber cloth with a little spray wax on it. If you do this, any stuck on mud will pop right off.

I use a separate cloth for drying chains, wiping wheel/tires, shoes, etc..
Keeps everything looking like new and it just takes a few minutes.

Any greasy areas get a paper towel or a cutip with a little rubbing alcohol. Followed by the microfiber cloth and a little spray wax everywhere except tires and rotors, of course.

Just so everyone knows, bush doesn't use soap on his bikes and he also doesn't go over 20mph...these may or may not be connected.

Why do you not use soap?  No car or boat soaps?  I use boat soap because that's what I have and it helps keep my bike happy. What about bike wash products? Are those any good?
  
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Reply #9 - 10/01/18 at 10:33am
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btalley wrote on 10/01/18 at 1:31am:

Just so everyone knows, bush doesn't use soap on his bikes and he also doesn't go over 20mph...these may or may not be connected.

Why do you not use soap?  No car or boat soaps?  I use boat soap because that's what I have and it helps keep my bike happy. What about bike wash products? Are those any good?


I already told you. I'm a ballerina, not a gerbil.  Angry

Never needed it on my bikes.
Soap is slippery, suds up, gets into everything and without excessive rinsing leaves a sticky residue.
If it works for you, go for it.
  
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Reply #10 - 10/02/18 at 12:59pm
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When the bike even needs soap...  I use simple green 50/50.  Most times I just spray the bike down w/ water and then wipe it off w/ a wet rag.  Most of the time the trails around here don't cause enough dirt build up to even need soap.  Most bicycle bearings are crap and not sealed, so I avoid solvents as much as possible.
  
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Reply #11 - 10/02/18 at 1:43pm
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I already told you. I'm a ballerina, not a gerbil.  Angry

Never needed it on my bikes.
Soap is slippery, suds up, gets into everything and without excessive rinsing leaves a sticky residue.
If it works for you, go for it.

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Reply #12 - 10/02/18 at 7:37pm
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When the bike even needs soap...  I use simple green 50/50.  Most times I just spray the bike down w/ water and then wipe it off w/ a wet rag.  Most of the time the trails around here don't cause enough dirt build up to even need soap.  Most bicycle bearings are crap and not sealed, so I avoid solvents as much as possible.



You must not be familiar with the double black diamond creek crossing at NORTHERN MECKLENBURG MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK!
  
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Reply #14 - 10/03/18 at 1:15am
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Glad I didn't ask about the best way to store a bike between rides.   Cheesy
  
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Reply #15 - 10/04/18 at 2:30pm
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You must not be familiar with the double black diamond creek crossing at NORTHERN MECKLENBURG MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK!


I just jump the whole creek.  Bike doesn't get dirty if it doesn't touch the water...
  
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Dang  Shocked
  
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Reply #17 - 11/13/18 at 2:09am
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Now, if you back-flipped that sucker, then I'd be impressed Shocked!
  
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Reply #18 - 11/14/18 at 4:46am
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Brake cleaner and a wire brush on an angle grinder. Really gets out those heel scuffs on the chainstays.
  
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