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Bike Cleaning

gav77gav77 Posts: 10
edited October 2009 in MTB general
As we are at the time of year were we seem to clean our bikes more than we ride them, products like muc off become expensive.

Does anyone out there use products like Swarfega Heavy Duty Degreaser. (Obviously diluted (50:1)) As things like muc off are basically a degreaser I can't see a problem with using this. Any advice would be welcome.

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  • _Ferret__Ferret_ Posts: 660
    Apparently Muc Off has nano Technology.
    I'm a bit hazy on the details but I think it's basically really tiny machines that clean your bike for you - like one of those floor cleaner machines but much smaller. Then all you have to do is rince with water - genius!
    This is why it costs so much, but it seems to work...
    Not really active
  • x-islex-isle Posts: 794
    gav77 wrote:
    As we are at the time of year were we seem to clean our bikes more than we ride them

    You recon?

    In the deep cold winter when it's dryer than our awful summer, the bike gets less muddy....

    Ground gets hard, it's only when it warms up a bit that the ground gets muddy.
    Craig Rogers
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    gav77: resist the temptation to clean your bike - water and 'specialist' cleaners will f**k it up quicker than any amount of winter mud. If you need to work on the bike, just clean the area you're working on. A bit of caked-on dirt on the outside of some painted tubes never did any harm. Just keep the drivetrain sterile with regular application of dry lube.
  • paggnrpaggnr Posts: 101
    Cheers
    Pagey
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx
  • _Ferret_ wrote:
    Apparently Muc Off has nano Technology.
    I'm a bit hazy on the details but I think it's basically really tiny machines that clean your bike for you - like one of those floor cleaner machines but much smaller. Then all you have to do is rince with water - genius!
    This is why it costs so much, but it seems to work...

    Look, a pig has flown past my window!
  • Surf-MattSurf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    Ferret - classic!

    Re cleaning - I have been using Muc Off and other "products" for many years. My bike (2007 Stumpy plus others) is still in amazing condition despite having covered over 5000 miles.

    Yes I'm on my 2nd drivetrain but that's expected. Hubs are still original (rebuilt once), BB is fine, and it all runs very smoothly.

    If leaving a bike caked in mud is better than cleaning and lubing it, my name is Freda. That's just laziness talking.
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