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     Anonymous updated 11 years ago 14 Members · 16 Posts
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  • aquaman2

    4 January 2010 at 3:31 pm

    as poll says do you use a jet washer on your bike or not. i personally dont as i think it can ruin your bottom bracket forks etc if water or muck is blown in and left sitting there. opinions please.

  • Gouldy

    4 January 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Hot Hot soapy water and a light hose down 😉

  • Chatman

    4 January 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Only jet wash if you like replacing seals and bottom brackets….

    As mentioned above…hot soapy water with some muck off spayed on first then good brushes to clean all mud off… then lube up all parts afterwards….

  • dagza

    4 January 2010 at 5:50 pm

    pre rinse with hose attachment (it is a bit like a shower head)

    muc off or similar

    rinse with hose attachment thing and brush at same time (i’ve also got a brush hose attachment somewhere)

    perhaps degrease and lube chain

  • qcamel

    4 January 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Hose off, Muc Off, Leave for 5 mins……

    Hose off, Chammy off on bike stand.

    Wipe excess grease/dirt off chain with clean rag and then re-lube each link….

    Bike looks like new and whole process takes about 15 mins..


    4 January 2010 at 8:03 pm

    As Ive said in another post.Ive been doing mine for years with no problems at all.Just keep away from bearings etc…

  • Steve Kish

    4 January 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Jet wash from a respectable distance will do no more harm than a hose. The advantge is that mud-shifting at a quid for two bikes at a garage is much easier than hosing at home.

  • hugo15

    4 January 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Good stuff for helping to clean the bike are Tesco Value toothbrushes (pennies for loads of them) and baby wipes (good knows what they do to kids backsides but they are great for cleaning bikes. Always at least one brand of offer too).

  • Rob40

    4 January 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hose all you like, if you dont give your beloved a soapy rub over, she won’t let you ride her like you used to for long 😆 . Seriously though, bike bit’s wear out, bearings, seals, bushings… jet washing will accelerate it, but NOT jet washing won’t stop it happening.

  • chronicent

    5 January 2010 at 6:20 am

    i dont jet was 😀

    Just a hose, bucket and a cloth, i wash it the normal way 😉

  • martin

    6 January 2010 at 2:12 pm

    out of the 29% of people who use a jetwash, how many of you have had issues with your chain, BB, bearings and various other components?


    6 January 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I havent. In two years of riding it a hell of a lot of miles, Ive never had to replace bearings and Im on my second chain.

  • Steve Kish

    6 January 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Ditto. Used carefully, a jet wash is a very handy cleaning tool. However, it will do damage if used either too closely or too powerfully.

  • FinleyD

    13 January 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I use a very light spray wash with the garden hose first, then I spray with a bottle of water, plain old washing up liquid and a couple of table spoons of distilled white vinegar to ease drying and shine.

    Also, to degrease the usual areas I use a spray bottle with 3 or 4 table spoons of lemon juice (the jiffy type stuff, if you go to a health foods shop they have big bottles of pure lemon juice).

    Friendly, cheap and effective.

  • Scarfacexxx08

    14 January 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve always used a preassure washer, but not right up close. Never had any problems, or sometimes i just use baby wipes followed by some car wax on the frame to make it shine 🙂

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