What would you say is the number one reason for cleaning your bicycle on a regular basis?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by topshopper19, 10 Oct 2018.

  1. topshopper19

    topshopper19 Member

    Need a bit of persuasion because quite lazy when it comes to cleaning :unsure::unsure:
  2. TissoT

    TissoT Über Member

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  3. T.M.H.N.E.T

    T.M.H.N.E.T Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902

    Northern Ireland
    Clean bikes break less and are easier to find issues when they do.

    Less wear and tear on consumsbles like chains and cassettes.

    I like clean stuff, my motorbikes are treated the same
  4. Threevok

    Threevok Junior Member (Trainee)

    South Wales
    Shiny tires :whistle:
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  5. alicat

    alicat Guru

    Shame that it looks so dirty.

    NB - you did say 'regular' and not 'frequent'.
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  6. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I'd prefer it not to rust more than necessary.
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  7. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Not really. Correct maintenance is the key, not cleaning.

    Don't bother cleaning your bike unless you want to or it has gotten particularly mucky after a ride through mud/sand/gloop.
    sleuthey, subaqua, raleighnut and 2 others like this.
  8. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    There isn't one,
  9. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    Cleaning is also inspection followed by any necessary maintenance.
  10. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    Fix it when it breaks
  11. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Dirty bikes make my garage look scruffy, I have 5 hanging up in there and one on the turbo, so can you imagine how scruffy it would look if they were all dirty, a quick blast of with the jetwash keeps them looking fine.

    Besides that, I am lucky in that I do not do lazy, the gene was never fitted.
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  12. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    THIS^^^ The cleaning often goes hand in hand with the attention to detail that means possible faults are noticed. This is why clean bikes are claimed to be more reliable. The two things are not mutually inclusive though and one does not necessarily mean the other. It is possible to have an unclean bike that is maintained and inspected as closely as a regularly washed example and is perfectly reliable (like my commuter).
  13. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
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  14. clf

    clf Senior Member

    I don't think mine has had a clean this year, it spends enough time in the rain to get the bulk of the road muck off.
  15. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    Horse sh1t
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