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How often do you wash your bike?
#1
Ciao.
I know that some bike riders overexaggerate the 'cleaning part' and wash (or spray) their bikes at least once a week. I know, it's mandatory after a muddy trail ride. But I'm thinkging more about daily commuters. It gets dusty here and there, but how long is too long without a shower for a bike? For a bike that rides almost every day.
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#2
Not enough Sad
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#3
I like to wipe my bike down often.

I keep a Tub o Towels in my garage for this exact reason.
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#4
I will clean the bike as long as it gets dirty, I think it is just depend on how much you can bear the dirty stuff, haha!
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#5
Wet wipes are handy for weekly "fresh-up" . I can get lazy with the bike cleaning, but when any of my friends or colleagues mention it with "have you been on a gravel ride?" or "when was the last time you cleaned your bike?", it's a no brainer - my pride can't take it and I give it a wash. Overall, once a month is OK.
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#6
(09-23-2021, 02:14 PM)ManBearPig Wrote:  Ciao.
I know that some bike riders overexaggerate the 'cleaning part' and wash (or spray) their bikes at least once a week. I know, it's mandatory after a muddy trail ride. But I'm thinkging more about daily commuters. It gets dusty here and there, but how long is too long without a shower for a bike? For a bike that rides almost every day.

My bike always looks like it was just out of the showroom. I wash it and then put a good coat of carnuba wax on it.
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#7
Do what now?
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#8
I wash my Bike 2 times A week then i think its good and shiny
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#9
I sweat a ton so do a quick mist with the hose and then wipe down my carbon road or gravel bike after every ride.
I had a steel Jamis back in the day and did not do this which lead to a crack in the frame.

If a water source is not available, I have a spray bottle of bike wash.
My mechanic told me I could use Windex.

Every 2nd or third ride, I will also clean and then relube the chain.

Having a stand is a HUGE help and makes the job MUCH easier
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#10
(09-23-2021, 02:14 PM)ManBearPig Wrote:  Ciao.
I know that some bike riders overexaggerate the 'cleaning part' and wash (or spray) their bikes at least once a week. I know, it's mandatory after a muddy trail ride. But I'm thinkging more about daily commuters. It gets dusty here and there, but how long is too long without a shower for a bike? For a bike that rides almost every day.

I wash/damp wipe the bike when I run my finger down the down tube and it comes up visibly dirty which could be one day of riding (usually plus 40 miles), or weeks of riding. It usually depends on mileage or environment; but generally about every 3-4 weeks on average. I clean the chain (removed, submersed in solvent, relubed), cables, front and rears cogs about every 6-8 weeks. If I rode every day the same distance (15-25 miles) as my normal rides I think it would cleaned once a week. Another good indicator is how much road grit and grime are on your lower legs after riding. If they are really dirty then your bike's drivetrain has also gotten just as soiled if not more so.
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#11
On average, proper wash once a month.
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