Probably, what I’m about to write will be completely abhorrent to real bicycle aficionados, but today was the first time I’ve actually washed one of my bicycles. It was my day off, I’m nights tomorrow, and I’ve noticed, for quite some time now, that my commuter, the Carrera Subway 1 was looking really dirty and grimy. So as the sun was out I decided to give it a clean.
It didn’t take that long, and I suppose I won’t win any prizes for the result, but the Subway looked 100% better, even though I cut a few corners.
I should have taken the “before shot”, but forgot in a haze of enthusiasm for the job at hand. Above is a view of the Subway half-washed plus all my bike washing gear, which was christened today, having been stored in the shed for at least the last 2 years.
The sight was so surprising to my son, Keiron jnr., that he grabbed the camera and took this picture, me hard at work, with Elizabeth in the background, hanging out some washing.
Since the Subway 1 replaced the Subway 8, as my commuter, it has seen alot of service and miles. Sadly, I’m very remiss at keeping my mileage figures up to date, but a conservative estimate of say 150 miles a week, since September last year, and taking out roughly 3 weeks of no cycling, because of icey conditions and my incapacity after my fall, and I come up with a guestimate of 3300 miles. That’s quite a way without a wash.
Of course it’s been into Halfords for a couple of services in that time, but they never wash the bike, something I’d very much appreciate. I’ve always lubricated the chain, and even wiped it free of grime on several occasions, as well as the bottom bracket and hubs, but otherwise I’ve done no maintenance whatsoever. Just goes to show what a fantastic low maintenance mode of transport a bike is. ( Says he who relies on Halford for taking care of virtually everything ).