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q-tip cleaning obsessive?

silver2010-04-29 01:39:28 +0000 #1
I've been cleaning my bikes for the last couple of days. I've been cleaning every last nook and cranny using q-tips when necessary. Mr. surveyed my work in progress and asked, "So, how clean does it really need to be?"

Am I being obsessive to clean everything to this degree?

What do you do?
RoadRaven2010-04-29 01:56:04 +0000 #2
Ummmmm..... nope....

Good idea... but do the q-tips come apart and leave bits of "cottony" stuff in the crooks and nannies?

We use old toothbrushes.... but q-tips might be the way to go...

Road- I'm-obsessed-too -Raven
KnottedYet2010-04-29 01:50:16 +0000 #3
little bamboo sticks and old t-shirts.

if ya can't ride em, clean em, eh?
Kalidurga2010-04-29 02:52:58 +0000 #4
After reading that suggestion here at TE, I used q-tips to clean the factory gunk from between the links of the new chain I had installed last year. Worked very nicely. Now I always have a supply of rags, q-tips, and cotton balls (to wipe down my rims with rubbing alcohol) handy when I clean my bike, just in case.

Kali - You-can't-be-too-obsessed - Durga
RoadRaven2010-04-29 02:16:55 +0000 #5
Quote:

Originally Posted by KnottedYet

little bamboo sticks and old t-shirts.

if ya can't ride em, clean em, eh?

Excellent idea - thanks Knot

Raod- obession-is-good - Raven
KnottedYet2010-04-29 03:20:16 +0000 #6
I find the packets of bamboo shish-kabob skewers (about $1) to be optimal. And you can mash/fray the end of one to make a little tiny "brush" to reach into difficult spots.

Knot "cleanliness-is-next-to-godliness"
BleeckerSt_Girl2010-04-29 03:12:58 +0000 #7
Silver-

Your cleaning method will not get your bike nearly clean enough. I can only imagine all the nasty germs and filth left in one's chain if using only Q-tips, BBQ skewers, and brushes.

Here is the method you should use, if not after every ride, then certainly after every other ride:

sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html
Mr. SR5002010-04-29 02:12:11 +0000 #8
I see nothing wrong here - clean away!

P.S. I just finished my cassette... removed from bike, soak, spray and hand dry each sprocket...

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