Above: VAR's excellent chain keeper
Our friend "Chairman Bill" McGann of BikeRaceInfo asked Larry to make a bike washing video for him. You can see it HERE.
Since the late '80's when power-washer maker KARCHER supplied their units to the pro teams at LeTour, all the videos you see on this subject show bikes being blasted clean with high-pressure soap and water. While this is fast and efficient, it's NOT good for your bike, especially if you don't have a dedicated mechanic and truck full of spare parts to replace those damaged by the entrance of water into critical bearings.
Larry's demonstration in the video is of the old, tried-and-true method used for decades before pressure washers became cheap, popular and portable. For regular care of your bicycles, this method is much, much kinder and really doesn't take that much longer. Larry routinely cleans the CycleItalia rental fleet using this same method and can wash and service 10 bicycles in a couple of hours all by himself. Many of these rental bikes were put into service back in 2005 and have since been washed this way dozens of times. They still look and ride like new.
As you'll see in this video, once you have everything set up, the actual cleaning process takes barely 10 minutes, meaning you can set up, wash and then put everything away in barely 30 minutes. There's nothing like working on a clean bike, so even if you don't do much of your own work, the hard-working mechanic at your local bike shop will appreciate your efforts.