I tend to not “wash” the bike as a whole. I’ve learned over time living with polished frames and swing arms that good time spent with a spray detailer (spray wax/cleaner combination) works the best. Kind of as Gunk said, when I use a hose or soap bucket, I have to make sure it gets dry in every crevice. So I would overly rinse the bike and then use my backpack leaf blower to replicate the wind from a ride to get all the water off. Then a detail with the micro fiber etc.Just as a general enquiry, what process do you guys all follow to give your bikes that showroom shine?
Any pitfalls to cleaning a bike? Any products/polishes you all recommend?