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Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby tesseract » 07 May 2013 22:31

I've used GT85 on my bikes for years as a general cleaning/ lubricating thing, but I'm sure the bike fascists... erm cleaning police... erm those with too much time on their hands/ OCD...erm I mean those wonderful people who know about good bike maintenance can recommend something else for what I should be using to a) clean and b) lubricate my bikes.?
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby Bendy Ben » 08 May 2013 00:15

Muck off or Fenwicks to clean & Finish line lube ( get one of each - wet and dry)

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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby jonathon.e » 08 May 2013 07:38

Quick spray with WD40, and a lube with 3in 1.
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby Kevy427 » 08 May 2013 07:48

Muc Off or Autoglym Car shampoo for the frame/wheels
For the chain I use Zebra Jism (stop sniggering at the back) to degrease, but also give it a blast with Novaclean (an aerosol degreaser and is surprising how much more shit this blasts from the chain)
I also use GT85 to lubricate moving parts but have been trying Teflube which is a dry lubricant with Teflon to reduce friction

CCS just prays for rain so she can leave the bike out in it for a quick rinse

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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby CCS » 08 May 2013 08:20

Kevy427 wrote:CCS just prays for rain so she can leave the bike out in it for a quick rinse

And what's wrong with that? (... about to head out for 3 hrs of 'bike cleaning' in the Surrey hills).
Actually, I tend to use baby wipes to get the worst of the grime off (those things will clean anything... probably not very good on children...) and a bit if whatever oil is in my box of bike bits... though I tend to wear out chains through inappropriate gear selection before much maintenance is required.
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby jonathon.e » 08 May 2013 09:23

Joking aside,

Lubrication depends on the climatic conditions, for wet weather, plenty of lube sprayed liberally over moving parts ( excluding rider), but never over lube in dry conditions, the lube attracts dirt and grit, which adheres to the parts causing excessive wear.
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby md6 » 08 May 2013 10:55

you mean you need to clean and oil things? :o

I used to use finish line citrus degreaser for the chain mech etc (also great for cleaning hands if you rinse quickly :lol: ) as it is an aerosol and blasts the stuff off as well as breaking down grease, then it needed to be regreased up use finish line teflon wet/dry depending on time of year - and wipe excess away with a bit of kitchen towel.
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby Sir Jibbenstein » 08 May 2013 16:56

Cleaning

Frame - Muc off on a damp microfiber cloth if the frame is really dirty, if it is just to wipe off sweat/squashed bugs then normally a baby wipe. I like to polish the frame every few months after a good clean. Standard car polish for this.
Chain (after dry ride) - Just reoil, clean oil is in fact great at removing dirty oil!
Chain (after wet ride) - Ultrasonic bath of: neat Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 30 minutes, scrub links, fresh Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 5 minutes, water for 5 minutes, isopropanol for 5 minutes, clean isopropanol for 5 minutes.

Lubing

Shifters/Cable junctions/springs - Muc off 'Bike Spray'
Chain - White Lightning Epic Ride is my favourite for all conditions. Been trying Finish line ceramic lately, goes black pretty quickly and leaves an awful chainring tattoo. Not a fan of the finish line ptfe dry lube; takes a few applications and tend to look dirty quickly.
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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby kfjatek » 08 May 2013 17:51

Sir Jibbenstein wrote:Chain (after wet ride) - Ultrasonic bath of: neat Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 30 minutes, scrub links, fresh Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 5 minutes, water for 5 minutes, isopropanol for 5 minutes, clean isopropanol for 5 minutes.


Blimey. Wish I had half of the time on my hands you have on yours buddy. :shock:

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Re: Good bike oil/ cleaning type stuff

Postby tesseract » 11 May 2013 08:53

kfjatek wrote:
Sir Jibbenstein wrote:Chain (after wet ride) - Ultrasonic bath of: neat Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 30 minutes, scrub links, fresh Swarfega Oil & Grease remover for 5 minutes, water for 5 minutes, isopropanol for 5 minutes, clean isopropanol for 5 minutes.


Blimey. Wish I had half of the time on my hands you have on yours buddy. :shock:

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I should probably have added what works quickest and easiest...think I might try the CCS method :D given how crap my garage is (I get a little stream running through it when it rains) I'd probably be as well leaving my bikes outside anyway :(
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