Zen and the Art of Small Apartment Bike Cleaning

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With this simple and efficient small apartment bike cleaning guide you'll be surprised how easily you can keep your mechanical steed clean and oiled when the elements take their toll. 

In this 'ible I'll show you how I clean my bike after it's been raining for weeks and the caked on mud is sure to lead to grinding damage to the components.

It was late night when I cleaned my bike and realized I should share what I did after I cleaned the bike so the images in this 'ible are re-enacted. The only hint of how dirty the bike was is in the image showing the underside of the saddle.

Where in the Apartment?
Anywhere with tile or waterproof / easy to clean floor. I used my kitchen but you may want to use your balcony, bathroom, or even the hallway outside your micro domicile. 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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  • 2 Wash Basins (wide and shallow is best)
  • Biodegradable Single Use Scrub Brush 
  • Pre Soaped Rag (Makes for easier cleaning later, not shown in image)
  • Hot Soapy Water 
Collect your cleaning supplies, we won't be oiling the components in this instructable, I do that outside and take the bike for a ride to help the oil set before bringing the bike back into the apartment.

Step 2: Keeping the Mess Contained

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I started at the rear and worked my way to the front, in hindsight I should've started at the front wheel and worked my way back so that's how I'll structure this 'ible. Moving from cleanest to dirtiest keeps things as clean as possible. 

As you move from front to back on your bike place the wheels in the largest basin so that you catch as much nasty runoff and splash as possible. Be sure when you move to the cranks that you move the basin under the cranks, same goes for gears.