Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

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Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:59 pm

Hey,

Does anyone know of a place in SF where I could dump my bicycle and have them clean it/overhaul/make sure it survives until the next burn?
Unfortunately I don't have a back yard I could wash it myself :(

Thanks!

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:02 pm

I know someone who used to work in a bikeshop in San Francisco, and it was their policy not to touch burningman bikes, because they could never make enough money for the amount of work. Maybe you should be looking for some one with a yard who will let you wash your bike down in it. Probably with a lawn, so the water doesn't go down the drain...
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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:04 pm

Since there's so much else on my plate I would really prefer to outsource this task, but I get what you're saying.
Oh well, another wasted day :/

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by maladroit » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:30 pm

Oh well, another wasted day :/
Doesn't really make sense because you assigned value to this task:
clean it/overhaul/make sure it survives until the next burn
If cleaning the bike is a wasted day, then don't clean it and deal with the problem somehow next year.

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:44 pm

Haha, yeah. Not really wasted, what I meant is just another day of dealing with post-burn bureaucracy...

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by BBadger » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:00 pm

Bureaucracy meaning you can't find someone to pay to do something for you?

Buy a garden pump-spray. Get a squirt bottle with some vinegar water. Go to a park and wash your bike.
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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:23 pm

Bureaucracy meaning a task I am doing only because I have to do it. I thought this specific one could be done by someone else for money.
I don't see the problem with paying someone to do this, just as I do not see a problem with having my car washed in a car wash.

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by Captain Goddammit » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:34 pm

"Bureaucracy" isn't a very apt term... "lazy" comes to mind though. Good god how hard is it to wash a bike? If you live somewhere so urban that you can't access a garden hose then go to a self-serve car wash.
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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:35 pm

I agree, its more of an internal joke that was apparently misunderstood here :)
And yes, lazy, busy, exhausted from a million other errands.

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by skibear » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:02 am

Easy cleanup:
When hosing down the car at a coin operated car wash just set the bike next to the car and hose it down at the same time.
Just blast the chain and derailers sprockets extra well.
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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:01 am

Not a bad idea! Thanks :)

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by tummler » Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Taskrabbit?

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by keves » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:15 am

Possibly. I've never used them before.

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Re: Looking for a place to clean my bike in SF

Post by snardy » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:57 am

Jesus christ, there's a lot of kvetching in this thread.

Just find a hose and wash it down. Literally, it took me 20 minutes to clean and lubricate my bike.
Rise bike with hose. Get a bucket of soapy water (with some vinegar added) and a scrub brush, scrub the dirt off the bike. Rinse again with hose. Dry with an old towel (or let it sit in the warm sun for 10 minutes). Lubricate chain, gears, sprockets, anything else that needs lube.

DONE.

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