- Night Riding – Post ride cleaning?
quick blast with the hose on the drivetrain (and a scrub with drivetrain brush if that doesn’t shift everything) and fork/shock stanchions, a load of backpedalling to remove excess water, lube the chain (with wet lube, leaving the excess on), spray/pump/wipe the stanchions with silicone.
put it away and clean the rest the next day.
DavePosted 5 years agoportydaveMember
i give it a quick hose down out the back of the van as soon as i finish using a weedkiller sprayer thing to get the worst of the mud off the important bits, drive home then give the chain and stuff a quick spray before it goes in the garage. doesn’t take long, is better than leaving it to fester, and is the only real cleaning my bike getsPosted 5 years agoingwerfuchsMember
After a night ride through mud, grit and general crud the last thing I want to do is clean and lube the whole bike in the dark (under a security light actually).
Anyone got any essentials that should be done post-ride if a deeper clean is planned a few days later?
Thanks.Posted 5 years agoiaincSubscriber
I have got this down to a pretty fine art – bike off roof, prop up, spray with muc off, hose and brush, quick dry, gt 85 on chain and some bits incl cable oilers, silicon spray on levers, fork juice on stanchions, pop bike into garage, hose away, shut garage door, strip off, kit in washing machine and me into shower. All in, from arriving home to being in the shower usually takes between 10 and 15 mins. It does help having external hose permanantly connected and an integral garage. I do thi pretty much every Wed at 11pm 😆 only times I leave it dirty is when bike is dry, as i work on principle of only wash with water if already wet mud, otherwise leave and brush off next day.Posted 5 years agotomasoSubscriber
Depending on if it is after midnight and how wet/muddy it was I will normally chuck some oil on the chain and possibly hose it down.
Most of the time though I am just able to use a duster to get the fine silts off that get kicked up on the dry dusty trails of the Lake District.Posted 5 years agosimon1975Subscriber
For really muddy rides, I paddle in the river (Trent) on way home with the bike and swish the muck off with my hands. Dry and re-lube chain at home a few minutes later. I’ve also tried the fountains in the city centre but the detergent tends to spoil the brakes (and tyres)…Posted 5 years agodannyhMember
Quick hosing down, bit of a tip and shake to get most of the water off, quick wipe of the chain with a rag and a very careful spray of GT85 onto the chain. In the shed within 5 minutes.
Or if you’ve got a powerlink in your chain, take the chain off and see to it the next evening after lobbing the bike in the shed still covered in muck!Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Quick hose down on the driveway as the bikes live in the utility room.Posted 5 years ago
Also hose down muudy boots, coat, shorts bag etc. Hang up in utility room. Underloor heating means its all clean and dry the following morning 🙂
Quick squirt of Finish Line Wet on the chain every now and then, and stick the chain through the Park Tools Cyclone twice a year. No deraileurs on any of my mtbs so it doesn’t matter too much. Or just ride my belt-drive bike so even less to do 🙂cookeaaSubscriber
I just tend to take the SS out now for muddy Night rides..
I might hose the chain off and apply some lube, but more often I won’t as it’s late and I’m knackered…
It just gets bunged in a damp garage to weep in a dark corner…
I do take the chain off every once in a blue moon; degrease in a jam jar and relube with whatever is handy…
My SS was not built to feel any love, it was built for feeling pain and neglect and thats what its used to…Posted 5 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Now that I usually commute on the BMX I’ve found that I do have to wash and lube the drivetrain on the MTB after wet/muddy rides if I don’t want it to be a sad rusty mess when I get back on it a few days later. Using it every day it didn’t seem to matter, probably because riding to work got the mud off and then I’d dry and lube it at work.Posted 5 years ago
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