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How Often...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Tetedelacourse, 9 Aug 2007.

  1. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    ...do you wash your bike?

    Either in time or in terms of number of commutes?

    I reckon I'm about once a month in the summer, maybe once a week in winter. I hate the idea of it but once I get started I quite like it ;)
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    if it's dirty, the morning of a saturday club run. usually ends up muddy again after that (and every time i wonder why i bothered).
     
  3. dangerousjules

    dangerousjules New Member

    as and when i have time, nothing like a clean bike though makes me feel all warm inside!
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    once in my entire life and even them not really, more of a damp cloth over the dirty bits after my first ever chain wash

    surely they're all weather barring the chainset?
     
  5. cupoftea

    cupoftea New Member

    Location:
    London
    between 2 and 4 times a year depending

    I don't have time and I'm only doing 6000 miles a year
     
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    hardly ever wash my roadie in summer. Do in winter every few weeks though i'd say.

    Wash the MTB after a particularly muddy ride, every few rides if not, and always oil it every few rides. Sometimes i'm a bit lazy and just get the worst of the caked-on mud out of the nooks and crannies and leave the bits on the frame, like now - will have to give it a bit of a wipe down when i get home actually thanks for reminding me.

    haven't washed my van since i've had it! doesn't seem to gather much muck being white and all that... although wheel arches are probably coming up for their annual blast with a hose.
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I don't wash mine at all, I employ someone else to do it for me!
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    you evil slavedriver, you
     
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    The MTB that I use for commuting gets cleaned once a week (well almost) the roadie gets a clean after each ride. It has to otherwise the sheets get dirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Sorry don't understand, wash my bike? I don't think I have done that since I was 10 :ohmy:
     
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Road bikes almost every ride. MTB commuter - poss once a week or after a wet ride !

    Hate dirty bikes !
     
  12. xroads

    xroads New Member

    My hybrid used to get washed every fortnight, then slowed down to once a month, and then bi-monthly. Then I converted my old hack racer into a fixed gear commuter, and that hasnt been washed since it has been refurbed/resprayed, just the occasional wipe down. Chain cleaning on the fixed is simple wipe and lube, with a rare rinse in spirit. I certainly dont miss scrubbing the filthy cotters on the hybrid with a toothbrush!
    I'm much happier just enjoying my fixed ride, rather than waste evenings and weekends maintaining/cleaning the geared bike.
     
  13. aulda

    aulda Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Crich, Derbyshire
    once a month...ish.

    find it a pain but it increases my average speed by about 2 miles an hour - is that psychological d'ya think?
     
  14. flycatcher

    flycatcher New Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    My Specialized road bike every ride even though its only used in dry. When I say wash I use Muk-off. My Trek commuter every week though wipe it down if wet.
     
  15. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler Staff Member

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    My MTB commuter (which is, in fact, my only bike) gets cleaned once a week if there's been any rain as it's usually caked in muck and the drivetrain can collect quite a lot of mucky gunge.

    I give the chain and cassette a wipe down and a bit of lube each week too - and if they're looking particularly gunked up with mucky paste, I clean, degrease and relube them.

    Since it's my mode of transport to work 4 days a week, I want to make sure it stays in good nick and runs smoothly.