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Offline Max Wedge

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No-hose clean-up?
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:29:20 AM »
Here in Michigan, getting your hose out to wash the bike is out of the question. Does anyone have any tricks/tips/processes that they like for no-hose, cold-temp, in-garage cleaning? I never got a chance to wash it after my last rain ride, and it is -8 outside, and 30 in the garage, but I would like to clean it up with dreams of an early spring.

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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 09:31:44 AM »
-8 outside, 30 in garage. Can you say ice skating rink.
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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 09:32:36 AM »
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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 09:44:42 AM »
Wash your bike?  :confused:
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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 09:59:50 AM »
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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 10:08:43 AM »
Simple Green and Armor All both sell disposable wipes with cleaners in em . . . . I use them to clean up after oil changes and the like (when will I be able to change oil without making any mess whatsoever? I certainly have anough practice).

Be aware, the Simple Grewen wipes suggest rinsing with water . . . . I never have, but I'm not maintaining helicoptors . . .
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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 10:13:38 AM »
As above, Honda SC&P works wonders.  I also like Plexus on some plastic parts, particularly windscreens.  Cycle Care makes a nice line of spray-cleaning products, too. Particularly in winter, I'll hit some areas with WD-40 (wheels, frame, engine, swingarm, etc.) first to get the heavy salt/crud off.  In the 55K+ miles I've owned my current bike I've never taken a hose to it, and yet it looks pretty darn good having used only spray cleaners.  Bike before this one, I think I took a hose to it maybe 3-4 times in ~78K miles. The key is to avoid scratching; common sense goes a long way with that. Downside is that I'm making Costco rich at the rate I go through microfiber and terry cloth towels.  ;D

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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 11:57:38 AM »
Given your climate, I'd say a bucket of warm soapy water and a rag.

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Re: No-hose clean-up?
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 10:43:10 PM »
 I mix a bit of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and distilled water in a spray bottle for general cleaning of bodywork. Mist, let soak for a few minutes, and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.

 WD40 on a microfiber for the wheels, and other grubby bits.