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2014-03-16 9:55 AM

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Subject: Baby wipes and carbon bikes
Anyone use baby wipes on their bikes to wipe them down? I am still in the basement and the bike is getting gross. I do wipe it down after I get off of it, but it's a quick wipe down. There is no way to wash it and it needs a bath. I was going to use some plain baby wipes, no aloe or any of that stuff to clean it down. I figure I would stay away from Lysol and Clorax wipes, but did not know if the baby wipes would affect the finish on the bike

It's a balmy 7 outside today so I see a few more weeks in the basement yet.


2014-03-16 12:48 PM
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I never tried it since I almost never need to wipe my bike down due to trainer use. I do wash and relube chain once/week during summer due to outdoor rides though. Search for bike sweat guard and get one of those. Since some of the bolts in my stem and aerobars were starting to show rust, I also wrap plastic over it and then put the guard over top of it to hold the plastic wrap in place. Quick and easy.

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2014-03-16 2:07 PM
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if baby wipes are good enough for a child butt im sure its good enough for your bike lol
2014-03-16 3:31 PM
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They leave a residue. On my flat/matte black carbon bikes you notice the residue. I use 91% alcohol that you can get from most any pharmacy type store.

Also, make sure you are not sweating down into your front wheel. You might be surprised how often bike shops see salt damaged front wheels from Triathletes who do a lot of indoor rides.
2014-03-16 6:02 PM
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Interesting, I do have to buy new tires. I actually have flat spots from the spots my tire has sat on my front riser. I made it out of UMHW and the surface area rub a flat spot.

The residue is what I was curious about. I guess it will give me a cleaner bike until I can get outside and give it a bath.
2014-03-16 8:17 PM
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Interesting, I do have to buy new tires. I actually have flat spots from the spots my tire has sat on my front riser. I made it out of UMHW and the surface area rub a flat spot.

The residue is what I was curious about. I guess it will give me a cleaner bike until I can get outside and give it a bath.


I've seen damaged rims and nipples from been left to soak in sweat over indoor training months.


2014-03-16 10:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Baby wipes and carbon bikes
Go buy a bottle of Simple Green. You can buy it full strength or already diluted. Make sure you use it diluted. Works on everything and gives your bike that new bike shop glean. It's what a lot of bike shops use when they get a bike in that needs cleaning. I've been using it for years on my carbon ride to get road grime, sweat, and yes, urine off of it. Still looks new.
2014-03-16 10:39 PM
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I can't remember the name but I used to have a package of "baby wipes" that were made specifically for bikes.......
2014-03-17 6:55 AM
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I use Amour All Cleaning Wipes. Cuts through grease, but no residue.
2014-05-27 7:21 AM
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Before reading this post I have never even thought about using baby wipes for such purpose,I will surely going to try this.
http://www.babyography.net.au/Valco-Prams-Strollers

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2014-05-27 10:39 AM
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I use Windex Wipes on mine - works great.


2014-05-27 10:47 AM
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We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

2014-05-27 10:53 AM
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I use http://www.catstonguetowels.com/for my bikes.

Its its just dust, I'll use a wet paper towel, but the cat's tongue towel works well enough to degrease a chain.

2014-05-27 1:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Baby wipes and carbon bikes
Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.




I Disagree.
2014-05-27 1:17 PM
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Originally posted by JZig
Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

I Disagree.

I'm sure. LOL

It's a sickness we are not afflicted with.....they are nothing more than another piece of equipment.

2014-05-27 1:24 PM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

x2.  Have you seen the way mechanics for UCI pro teams wash bikes?  



2014-05-27 1:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Baby wipes and carbon bikes

Originally posted by Jason N

Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

x2.  Have you seen the way mechanics for UCI pro teams wash bikes?  

You guys wash your bikes?

Yeah, we use water and then wipe down with a towel or air dry before lubing up.  Winter and Spring riding here are nasty - lots of salt and sand, then sand/mud/bugs.  The salt is bad enough, but the sound of sand in the works is - literally - grating.

I only rarely take the bikes in the shower with me, though.  A hose usually is fine.

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2014-05-27 2:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Baby wipes and carbon bikes
Originally posted by Jason N

Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

x2.  Have you seen the way mechanics for UCI pro teams wash bikes?  




http://www.teamsky.com/gallery/0,27401,20192_7649869,00.html#photo=...

Degreaser, jet wash, soap and water. Not afraid to get in there.

2014-05-27 2:44 PM
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Originally posted by badmo77a
Originally posted by Jason N

Originally posted by Left Brain

We use water.......we seem to have an endless supply of it that comes out of a faucet.  It's a bike, not a baby.

x2.  Have you seen the way mechanics for UCI pro teams wash bikes?  

http://www.teamsky.com/gallery/0,27401,20192_7649869,00.html#photo=... Degreaser, jet wash, soap and water. Not afraid to get in there.

Yep.  I understand the concern about getting water into bearings, but the way I see it is that the problem is two fold.  If you ride in wet weather where you bike constantly gets dirty, then you're exposing your bike to water anyway.  It's not going to hurt your bike to expose it to more clean water if if also gets rid of the sand, dirt, salt, gatorade, and other muck that causes more damage than water itself.  This may cause you to need to take your bike apart (headset and crank) more often to regrease, but again, if you ride in wet weather a lot, it's something you probably need to do anyway.  

If you ride in a very dry area with not too much road grime, and you don't sweat on your bike much, then by all means, just wipe it down.  Probably a lot easier to get the same effect.

 

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