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Old 01-25-2010, 10:30 AM   #1
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can we talk cleaning and grime removal

i ride year round and in most weather and in doing so pick up a lot of road grime in hard to get to places. i have been wondering for a bit if a cleaner like scrubbing bubbles would be good for the tough spots. would it be bad for engine bits? i dont care about the paint, but i doubt that it would be too hurt by it anyways.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:47 AM   #2
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I recommend S100. It's specifically for bikes. Spray it on with the bike cold. Squirt some in a bucket and make some suds to wash with.
On really stubborn spots I'll spray it on the rag to clean deeper and I keep a seperate rag to use with WD40 to cut heavy chain lube residue.
Do not use a pressure washer as it forces water into electrical components and bearings, your garden hose is fine.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:14 AM   #3
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+1 to S100, great products for sure! I've always used a DILUTED mixture of Simple Green and hot water on my bikes, but only on the tough stuff.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:36 AM   #4
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no water gets to mine unless i'm caught in the rain.
on the paint mine gets "ORIGINAL bike spirits, cleaner & polish"
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no water gets to mine unless i'm caught in the rain.
on the paint mine gets "ORIGINAL bike spirits, cleaner & polish"
wd on the rest
Sounds as if his bike see's all weather conditions, doubt a little more water will do any harm. I wish I could keep a bike so clean that it never needs "water" to clean it. . .i always manage to get covered in road grime!!!
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no water gets to mine unless i'm caught in the rain.
on the paint mine gets "ORIGINAL bike spirits, cleaner & polish"
wd on the rest
You must not ride much
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back to your original question. . .my dad has been using wal-mart brand scrubbing bubbles (green can with yellow top i think) on his big $$$ boat for several years and it hasn't harmed anything.
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Mr Clean Auto Detailer and a soft wash mitt. A couple different "quick detail cleaners" in spray bottles.. good carnuba wax every few months..

baby wipes do an amazing job at bug removal BTW; don't know what's in there but it must be strong!!!
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thanks for the feedback all of yall
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loosenoose, S100 is probably the best and Honda has/had a cleaner that bordered on magic but now I just use Simple Green and WD40 followed with a good paste wax.

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