Advice on how to maintain a bike when living in a flat.

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Roaders, 10 Jun 2019.

  1. If it is a lease / rental, make sure you’re careful not to leave anything around during ‘inspections’ ( the landlord has to inform you when they are happening, well in advance) and stash the bike(s) in the bike shed / outside, when the inspections happen.
  2. currystomper

    currystomper Über Member

    I believe baby wipes are a useful way to get a bike a quick clean
  3. lane

    lane Über Member

    I know someone who lived in a flat and cleans the bike off with a jetwash at the garage.
  4. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    All of our local bike hubs have a weekly fix your own bike evening.
    You don't have to go to fix anything, you can use their stands, water and tool to clean and adjust.
    Some have a hose outside, with a pump and some tools, that can be used anytime.
    Maybe your local bike hubs do similar?
    I live in a garden flat, with a hose outside.
    Still, due to our freezing, ever drizzly weather, I end up cleaning the bikes in the spare room, with old bedding to protect the flooring.
  5. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    No garages to rent in the area ??
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ It's a puzzle ...

    I know what you mean, but a lot of cheaper modern houses ARE like that! When my sister got married her new house was almost a bloody shoe box. When I visited I used to sleep on the sofa bed in their lounge. The room was so small that there was only about 18 inches behind the sofa and my feet almost touched the opposite wall when it was made up into a bed!

    I was looking at the outside of some new-build properties near Clitheroe a couple of weeks ago and they were a similar size. Even as a single person, I would not want to live in a house that small, but these were (presumably) intended for young families.

    And I have been in modern houses with walls so poorly sound-insulated that I thought the person in the next house was talking to me...
    Last edited: 11 Jun 2019
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  7. Smudge

    Smudge Senior Member

    Yup, i've had experience of new builds. They aint the best and you have to put with months of trying to get the builder to finish what they call 'snagging'.
  8. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    I've done quite a bit of bike maintenance in the kitchen over the years (top tip - don't leave oily fingerprints all over the sink if you're co-habiting with someone who doesn't share your passion for oily bits of bike). TBH I prefer it to most of the small, poorly lit sheds we've had in various places!

    I use a bucket & water (with a squirt of degreaser) to wash the bike, dry with an old tea towel (for the frame) and some blue paper roll (for the chain and other fiddly bits), and then give the chain a mickle clean. Can easily be done in the street outside your flat/house if needs be.

    The only thing I'd struggle with would be remove bottom brackets or screw-on freewheels, which usually require a vice solidly mounted to a bench. Everything else can be done with the bike either leaning against a wall/kitchen unit (old tea towels to prevent marking), or upside down on the floor.
  9. Slow But Determined

    Slow But Determined Nid Yw Cymru Ar Werth!

    I keep a bike at our apartment in Portugal (posh word for a flat) but due to the cracking weather have never had to clean it yet!!

    Would echo what others have said though I would not like to live in an apartment full time, a balcony no way compensates for a back garden.
    Last edited: 11 Jun 2019
  10. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    I live in a first floor flat and usually do it in the lounge... but i've just redecorated the lounge and put a new carpet down, so the bikes not going anywhere near it! In future I'll have to do it in the kitchen, which is also my shed (not literally). If the bikes particularly muddy, I've spray it off outside with one of these...
    ...which is ideal providing the mud is still wet.

    If the mud/road matter is dry, I don a pair of these and give the frame a good rub...
    The gloves go in the wash and all the dusty stuff on the lino gets swept up.

    Other maintenance (replacing brake blocks, lubing the chain, etc) shouldn't be that messy so not really a problem, proving you don't have a narrow galley kitchen, then the problem is lack of space.
  11. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Work on the bike on the parking place.
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  12. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Have never used a vice, let alone a bench mounted one, to extract a bottom bracket. Just turn the bike over. If you need a vice i reckon whoever put it in did something wrong or you haven't periodically taken it out to clean and degrease the threads. If things are that bad I would take the bike to a bikeshop.
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  13. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    I think I've had maybe one or two which have come out using a spanner/socket wrench. The rest have all been bench vice jobbies! To be fair they have mostly been on cheaper bikes I've bought to do up and I'd be amazed if any of them had the BB touched since they were new (ie 10 - 60 years ago depending which bike).
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  14. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

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