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I'm setting up a commuter bike now and just wanted to know how often you clean your bike up?
What do you do when your bike is in the rain or your commuting in the snow?
 

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when its really rainy I like to clean my bike onece a week usualy on sundays..... when it's not so rainy I'll do it every two weeks or so.
 

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I never dry my bike. I keep it inside and it dries off by itself.

I rarely clean my bike. Why bother? It's just going to get dirty again. And the layer of grime protects the paint. :thumbsup:

I do clean and lube my drivetrain. Usually once a week in the winter (depending on how much it has been raining), less often in the summer.

If I lived someplace where the roads were salted on a regular basis I would probably clean my bike more. Here in the Seattle area we don't really have to worry about that.
 

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I wipe the moisture off with a rag, after a rainy ride. Come spring I probably clean the braking surface of the rims again and maybe go over the frame with some simple green or something. Leave it out in the sun to dry.
 

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Since I'm on the road more than trails, it stays pretty clean. Regardless, I make sure it stays clean because I bring it in the workplace, and I'm a clean-freak to boot. If I ride in the rain, it only takes 5 minutes at the most to wipe it down with a rag, and I wouldn't know what riding in snow is like since I live in Florida.
 

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When in a pinch, I clean my drivetrain only. Cassette, chain, and crakset. If I have rim brakes, I clean the brake track. Keeping the chain as clean as possible extends the life of your rings, chain, and cassette.

Otherwise I try to wash my bike at the same time I wash my car since I already have the bucket outside.
 

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I give mine a full bath whenever the mood strikes me. Durring the winter, that mood never seems to strike, so I just lube the chain and RD when it starts getting noisy or doesn`t shift right any more. It makes sense to give it more attention when the nasty salt/sand crap is all over the roads, but I can`t bring myself to sit outside in the mud or ice with a bucket of water and go to it.

Dry a bike? I don`t dry anything- hair, dishes, bicycles, hands, whatever- it all dries by itself with no help from me.
 

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In the winter I lube the chain when it gets crusty, but other than that, I wait for the spring rains to wash the bike off.
 

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I clean my bike when it gets dirty.

I don't worry too much about getting the frame really clean but I try to get the worst off the drivetrain, wheels and brakes, after a ride in dirty conditions.
 

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This is slightly OT but reading everyone's comments above about lubing the drivetrain reminded me of something that his been driving me batty since I started commuting last December: commuters who apparently never lube their drivetrain. I can not tell you how many commuters I pass each week where the drivetrain is making a ton of noise because of a lack of lube. I guess that maybe they don't know that their drivetrain could/should be essentially silent or maybe it just built up so gradually that they don't notice. Either way, it drives me nuts - I find the sound to be as annoying as fingernails on a chalkboard.
 

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I know exactly what you're talking about. Could be ignorance of proper bicycle maintainence. Could be that they're just used to hearing the sound every day and don't even notice. Could be that they're new to bicycling and don't realize that it isn't a car or a motorcycle, it's not supposed to be making all that noise.

Another thing I notice is what sounds like an out of tune derailleur. It's not enough out of line that their chain is jumping around, but just enough that it's rubbing on the front or it's out of line in the back and the chain is straining to stay on the cogs and derailleur wheels.
 

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Lube my drive train regularly, wash my bike only if I'm going to dump too much muck in the car or house, otherwise just leave it eau naturale!!:thumbsup:
 

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I only lube the chain and cantilever pivots if they stick.... other than that fenders keep the bike clean.
 

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I degrease and lube the chain, clean the derailleur cage and cassette, maybe every three or four weeks during the rains. I pick up a lot more grime when it's wet. Other than that, I try to to lock the bike in a covered area to give it opportunity to dry. When I install fenders for the rainy season, I usually shoot some lube down the cable housing and grease up the headsets and the seatpost (to keep it from rusting in place). I also keep an eye the brake pads, they wear more quickly when wet. When I know it's going to be really wet, I'll sometimes wrap and tape up my saddle with grocery bags.
 

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I was kind of wondering this same question as this is my first winter commuting. I guess I'm asking from the salt standpoint though. I usually don't ever wash my bike.. the elements seem to do a good job cleaning my bike when nature feels up to the task. I just recently though got my first rust on my bike, and it got me thinking into rust prevention. I try to wipe off any noticeable salt, but I doubt that does much, I'm sure there's still salt there,.. and it would be a pretty big pain to wash my bike in the winter where it's never above freezing and yea, I'm living in an apartment.

I had asked my dad for tips for salt/rust prevention. He mentioned that he knew some bikers (the louder type) that used to wipe down their bikes with a rag that had a little bit of motor oil (i.e. 5W-30) on it. I guess this would prevent the moisture and salt from getting to the paint. Has anyone ever tried this? Or heard of it being done?
 

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For the commuter, I keep it inside on both ends of the ride, but it still gets really nasty in the winter living in the Sierras. Yesterday it was so covered with red cinder dust from the gravel that they use (instead of salt thankfully) on the icy roads that I couldn't take it anymore and I wiped it down when I got home. Now I'm back at work and it's covered with that crap again from the rainy ride this morning. I'd say a quick wipe-down once a week or so, a complete cleaning every month or three, and way less in the summer. I lube the chain every week or so...can't stand those dirty bike noises that have been mentioned. On a serious clean job, I pull the rear casette and blast it with an aresol carbuerator cleaner...awesome trick that I'll pass on for free. Nothing cleans like high pressure solvent. Just keep it away from paint, plastic, carbon, eyeballs, etc, etc. It's a miracle product for cleaning rear casettes though.

Mountain bike...I clean and lube 'as necessary'.
 

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sevenboarder said:
I had asked my dad for tips for salt/rust prevention. He mentioned that he knew some bikers (the louder type) that used to wipe down their bikes with a rag that had a little bit of motor oil (i.e. 5W-30) on it. I guess this would prevent the moisture and salt from getting to the paint. Has anyone ever tried this? Or heard of it being done?
Absolutely. An easier method is to spray down the whole engine/frame of the dirt bike with WD-40. I know a lot of guys who live in wetter climates who do this. Works well, but in a dusty environment, either method tends to pick up some dust. Rinse and repeat. My KTM has a nice coat of WD-40 on it right now.
 
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