Cleaning and servicing a bike in my new flat?
I find Muc-Off Dirty Work Wipes are good for cleaning the bike when you can’t use water
If you get it really caked in mud, see what local car washes are around. I’ve used the coin-operated held pressure washer a few times at a tesco near me. Just be careful where you spray it and not too close.
Get a length of clear plastic carpet protector to put your bike on if the flat is carpeted throughout and you don’t want to service it on the balcony. Don’t use spray on oil.Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
If I was in your situation then a potable pressure washer would be key. Used before you get home or at worst outside near a drain. For servincing a large tarp/mat and fabric throws (got loads cheap from Ikea I still use) and a workstand.
At no point during maintenance should you be spraying round enough oil to cause a problem. Have a look in a LBS workshop – it’s not like a bad day on an oil rig.
If you want to do forks then some big plastic boxes/trays to catch anything nasty.
After that find a mate with a garage or make friends in your LBS.Posted 4 years ago
I have a large v dark brown rug in my living room. Ill do my bike tinkering on the rug. any small oil, grease, brake fluid drips, scrapes etc just gets rubbed back into the rug with a bit of fairy in hot water. It still looks like a nice new normal brown rug 🙂 Managed this for last 4 years without mucking up the light beige surrounding carpet errr much. I’ve got a back yard for proper cleaning etc though. But even on a balcony what’s wrong with a bucket of soapy water? Used to put bike in the bath for a shower when I lived in a shared house, only when my housemates were out though ;)When a mate came up he took his forks to bits for a service on the fireplace – that’s 3 tiles deep!Posted 4 years ago
Cheers Guys,have been thinking about a car wash at local Garage.Have used muc-off wipes, cf,just dont seem as good as a bucket and sponge.I forgot to say i,m not to keen on cleaning outside or on the balcony.It,s a bit of a rough area and I dont want to give any tea leafs ideas.Posted 4 years ago
Any more suggestions greatly appreciated.Monkeys.
Get friendly with your neighbours below 😀 but yeah, a nice bit of tarp to let it drain off down some stairs or something? Don’t feel you are doing something wrong, like it’s some kind of social stigma to BE CLEANING A BICYCLE in full view of kids and old people. Those neighbours give you any gyp, just tell thm you have a serious health condition (sad face) and cycling is very important to your life long health and you also have a cleaning OCD! terrible,difficult, etc. Not one drop on their property and you are good to go! (on a nice clean bike). OH get some insurance, if it is how you say it is.. they have clocked your bike and where you live already.Posted 4 years agobatfinkMember
I had the same situation. Started-off just going to the jet-wash place on the way home (as long as you are careful it’s fine), but ended-up getting a portable mobi thing. That had the added benefit of the bike getting cleaned before it even went in the car.
For oiling/spannering, I had a big bit of carpet underlay that got folded up and kept under the sofa when not in use.Posted 4 years ago
yeah, whack it in the fountains, just take a bottle of fairy in yer camelback and a scrubber. serious though- there is nothing wrong with a jetwash, just dont point it at your hubs or headset or anything with bearings and job done. It’s well worth 2 quid in a proper jetwash machine just for the laffs anyway just give the bike a quick going over then play with the jetwash 😀Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
I clean my bike in in bath. The walls are tiled so any oil or mud splashes just wipes clean. No one could tell a bike was cleaned in there. if anything the bathroom is cleaner afterwards than before.
I also have a portable washer you can get battery powered ones so you don’t need a car to run one. Just rinse the bike down before you get in the flat.
I recently changed the cream carpet with laminate flooring again easier to just wipe mud and dirt away. But I kept a large piece of the old carpet and lay this down before I do any work on the bike. It catches any dirt or oil that falls down keeping the floor underneath in good condition.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
The trick (IME from student flats) is a simple bike, if you can get away with a rigid SS then your cleaning can litteraly be a dirtworker/mobi at the trail, GT85 the chain, drive home, lube chain and leave it till next time, wipe off excess and ride.
Cleaning isn’t problem, it’s the regular faffy maintenance tasks that end up either taking 5x longer than they should, or depositing a gunky mess on the floor.Posted 4 years agocreameggMember
I keep a mobi washer in the car (behing driver seat) and keep it topped up with water. The bike gets a quick hose down to get the worst off and a quick wipe down with a towel. The mrs seems happy enough for it to then come into the lounge (cream carpets). The bikes don’t need a hose down in this weather tho.
As far as maintenance, I chuck a rug down on the floor and carry out all my servicing (inc fork oil change, bleeding brakes, building new bike, setting up tubeless tyres) all in the comfort of the lounge. Only once has it not gone to plan where my bike tipped over and smashed an ornament (and nearly had the handlebar smash through the telly). oops
Although the mrs is very tolerant I cant wait till we buy a new man cave with house attached.Posted 4 years agosteviecaptMember
its very dusty where i ride on the bike tracks, so every so often i use the jet wash in my local morrisons, only a quid for a short wash, just make sure you just use the water rinse setting and not the wash wax setting, doesnt help your disc brakes much otherwise, and avoid spraying directly on your bearings, brake disc calipers.Posted 4 years agojonnybleaseMember
I feel your pain living in a new build flat with no outside space…!
I used to wash mine in the bath but not sure it’s all that great for the health of the bike as it’s almost too wet! As my shower has a fixed showerhead water pools in vital areas like the headset and BB, it’s also pretty annoying with the bike falling over without the wheels on. I agree it doesn’t make a mess though, the first time my mrs caught me washing the bike in the bath was an interesting conversation, but testament to the fact I’d washed it several times previously without her noticing…
I’ve made ‘friends’ with the local car wash guys and now just head down with a few quid in hand and they let me have free reign of the facilities from buckets and sponges to the jet washes, its much better than a petrol station jet wash as there is no time limit and you can do a proper job.
Might be worth scouting at your local area to see if you can find somewhere like a car wash place.Posted 4 years ago
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