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Chain will rust always after washing (or even light rain or a puddle of water), if not re-lubed. I think this is detrimental to the chain, as it removes material from the rollers and thus contributes to chain stretch. Bolts for stem, handlebars etc. seem to always like to rust after rain or washing. I don't think it is a big deal, but it ruins the look of ...


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Don't pressure hose your bike at all and steer clear of the air compressor. You don't want to force water, air or grit into seals and bearings. I always lightly hose off excess dirt or brush it off, then sponge down with a soapy hot water, then rinse, leave or drip -dry or use a cloth to wipe off excess liquid. Clean the chain, rings, cassette, rims with ...


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I read Chris Cleeland's answer and was appalled that his was the accepted answer. Let me first state that I used to be a bike mechanic, and I ride through inclement weather year round. As another already stated, WD40 is useful for cleaning, but you should never use it on your drive-train (chain, freewheel, front cogs). You wrote that you are concerned ...


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You may be overwashing it. Rust needs water to oxidize steel and you're providing it in copious amounts. That combined with either the sulphur in the air or salt (if you're near an ocean) is a deadly mix. You may want to give your exposed bolts a nice coating of something that will prevent rust. WD-40 is fine for that purpose but washes off easily. Some ...


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For most things, you can just wipe the bike down with a wet towel or sponge and it will be about as green as you can get and adequate (well, as green as you get would be to leave it dirty). Some dish soap and a hose (on shower setting, not jet or super soaker or whatever) if its really dirty. Don't use a pressure washer or something since you might get dirt ...


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Hit the tires with a bush and some concentrated soap. In the dark shine a light on them and you would be surprised how much they shine even if they look dirty. Once you scuff em up bad then just time for new tires.


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If you are getting that much rust then you are putting that bike up wet. It does not take much water - it is only dry if it is bone dry. If you are hosing that bike down after every ride you are putting too much water on that bike. Unprotected rust will consume iron and steel. Wiki Rust I would suggest you go with two levels of cleaning Touch up - keep ...


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Everybody uses water to clean bikes. It should not get rusty from that, especially if you dry it afterwards. If the bike is rusty like you describe then more likely from being exposed to water for much longer times than washing would (used in rain, standing outside all very often). Some parts are more likely to get rusty, chains and cranks for example since ...


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In addition to dish soap and citrus based degreasers there are also alcohol based one like the Finish Line's Speed Bike Degreaser. It does not require water and evaporates after application, thus minimizing your environmental impact. That said I usually the Finish Line product first to remove greasy messes and finish off with soap and water followed by just ...


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Consider using something like isopropyl alcohol to wipe down things that need to be clean but not moist/damp. You can use that on brake components with no residue and with no harm to surrounding paint. There are certainly volatile organic compounds that would also leave no residue (such as automotive brake cleaner) but those are typically not really good ...


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Muc-Off or any other bike specific cleaning product is a good bet. Followed by a brush and hose down. It's not necessary to go all out with a pressure hose. I also use a chain degreaser spray and use this sparingly on the cassette with a brush. It bring the chain up like new. However, immediately after cleaning the drive-train - I re-oil the chain and wipe ...


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The usual cleaners for rims are: citrus cleaner simple green isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) dish soap and water You may want to try them on your frame. Also, you may want to try a different type of brake pad to see if they reduce the dust (e.g. kool stop salmons).


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Since no answers I will post my comment as an answer Car wheel cleaner. It is made to deal with brake dust. But I would not user car wheel cleaner on paint. For hard to clean on paint I use a cleaner wax.


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You probably do not know this but baking soda can act as a good deodorizer for the shoes and sometimes even for the feet. - After using your shoes, sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on each one. - Leave on the baking soda on the shoes overnight. - Take off the baking soda from the shoes in the morning especially if it is already going to be used. ...


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Bacteria need nutrients to grow, and plain water doesn't have any. So all that's needed is a rinse with clean water and air drying. There's really no reason for all this sterilization stuff. It accomplishes virtually nothing other than making you feel tidy. However, if you add stuff to the bottle that contains nutrients, such as sports drinks, then the ...



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