Re: [CR] Secrets for cleaning dirty bike parts

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Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 04:11:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Scott Gabriel <>
To:, Reperages Velo <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Secrets for cleaning dirty bike parts


It's not a waste of time, but it is a contentious issue to be sure. You'll get lots of opinions on the question. I'll add mine here.

For steel parts and those with good chrome, I use kerosene and a small , stiff, bristle brush. For alloy parts, especially those older ones that may be valuable, more care must be taken. For aluminum alloy parts that are anodized, I use warm soapy water and a brush. With liberal amounts of elbow grease of course.

Pretty simple. Just time consuming.

Scott Gabriel
Cape Cod

--- On Wed, 1/12/11, Reperages Velo wrote:

> From: Reperages Velo <>

\r?\n> Subject: [CR] Secrets for cleaning dirty bike parts

\r?\n> To:

\r?\n> Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5:56 AM

\r?\n> Hi,


\r?\n> It is probably a waste of time to ask this, because my

\r?\n> inability to clean parts

\r?\n> properly is probably genetic, however, I was noticing on

\r?\n> other people's listing

\r?\n> they had nice clean parts.


\r?\n> I do have a distinct memory of regular comments on how

\r?\n> dirty my bike was when I

\r?\n> raced.  Perhaps this is a trait of mine which I am not

\r?\n> able to get around.


\r?\n> How do people get their parts so clean?  Do they throw

\r?\n> them in solvent baths

\r?\n> like we used to before we understood the health risks (not

\r?\n> to mention damage to

\r?\n> any plastic parts).  My dirty tooth brush sprayed with

\r?\n> wd40 and dirty cleaning

\r?\n> cloths don't seem to do the same.  Is there a magic

\r?\n> cleaning fairy, or do people

\r?\n> spend hundreds of hours on this task?


\r?\n> Please enlighten me, I am a little dim.  I am the one who

\r?\n> didn't understand

\r?\n> until I was over 30 that the reason other women's make up

\r?\n> stayed on all day and

\r?\n> mine didn't is because they reapplied through out the

\r?\n> day, and I couldn't be

\r?\n> bothered.

\r?\n>  Barbara Barrett

\r?\n> Reperages is a non-profit organization. 80 % of the 3,500

\r?\n> bicycles collected

\r?\n> each year are sent to Burkina Faso or Mali and provides 40

\r?\n> work places for

\r?\n> disabled people in Africa as well as much needed

\r?\n> transportation. Reperages also

\r?\n> provides 13 work positions for disabled and disadvantaged

\r?\n> people in France. Each

\r?\n> purchase you make supports a special project, and may be

\r?\n> tax deductable.