I am doing a small research for a company and I am very interested if there are any reasons why you professionals would not clean your bike?
Is it because of time taking, because it isn’t that easy or maybe because it is expensive?
@Damianjoe20 First, I think you need to distinguish between cleaning your drivetrain vs cleaning your whole bike.
As it relates to cleaning your whole bike I think the article below hits the main point:
In general, you don’t need to wash your bike after every ride. In fact, it could be detrimental because you will continually expose your bottom bracket and hubs to water and soap, wearing them down faster. Where you live and ride dictates how often you should wash your bike–and this varies with seasons. If you typically ride in mud or wet conditions, you may need to wash it more often. Otherwise, a gentle wash once a week is sufficient to keep it clean for inspection, testing, and lubrication.
It depends mainly on where you live and ride. During the summer, I might only wash my bike once or twice mainly because I ride in dry, dusty conditions. I do wipe-down the shock, fork, and seatpost stanchions after each ride along with frequent cleaning of the drivetrain. I agree with what Rmap01 quoted about not wanting to unnecessarily expose the bearings suspension pivots to water.
When I lived in a much wetter environment, my bike was subjected to weekly full-teardown cleanings and lubes.
vapidoscar “Because you earned the dirt.” Right on!
Time is the biggest hindrance. It doesn’t take a ton of time and is not complicated but between working and having 4 kids I have to work to squeeze rides in and cleaning cuts into the precious little free time I have. I clean my bike to maintain it not to make it look pretty.
Soap and water are not friends to the bearings on your bike. The whole point of soap is that it dissolves grease. I never use soap to clean my bike and I only use water sparingly. I only spray my bike with water if it is totally mud covered. Otherwise, I just wipe my bike with a dry or damp cloth and I don’t do that very often either. If it’s been dry, I can go months without cleaning my bike and I ride almost every day. Of course, I maintain my chain every few rides.
This is something most every biker has an opinion on… I’ve met way more people who wash their bikes than don’t, and I’ve asked multiple mechanics their feelings on it. Most everyone seems to agree that washing it isn’t a big deal.
I think its better to avoid bad washing techniques than washing all together. My general approach is this….
*Use water sparingly. Don’t power wash.
*I use car soap diluted in water on the drivetrain and a dish brush to scrub
* rinse soon after scrubbing and towel dry the frame & fork.