How are you cleaning your Allant RIB battery compartment?

Dallant

Well-Known Member
How are you cleaning you Allant RIB battery compartment? My trips includes crossing numerous gravel roads and lots of very dusty/sandy areas. Add to that I’m transporting on my car rack with the battery removed. The internal area of the compartment Is quite dirty/dusty. So what is your regimen for cleaning this area, if any?
And yes, I know they make compartment covers and I am planning on getting one.
 

Tyson

New Member
I'm a new owner of a Trek RIB bike and intend to ride on gravel roads. I can't help on a cleaning technique, and still searching for a better method than plastic wrap during roof top transport to cover the battery cavity.

My plan is to keep the dust out of the RIB compartment. I have taped over the cracks of the RIB.

Online I found: WOD GTMC12 Professional Grade Gaffer Tape, Black - 1/2 inch x 50 yds.
The black matches my charcoal frame well enough. Grey is more of a silver grey than a dark grey. I keep the roll in a plastic ziplock to keep the tape edge nice. It sticks well, is easily removable without residue, and doesn't seem that it will mess with the paint long term. The 1/2 inch is the perfect width to cover the crack, and gaffer's tape rips cleanly by hand so easy to use. There are other colors available.

I haven't taken the battery in and out a lot so I can't comment on how annoying this will be when taking out the battery when I transport the bike. Long term might be less effort just to clean out the compartment once in a while. Curious what this thread says.
 

Dallant

Well-Known Member
My intension here was to see examples of what riders do to keep these areas clean and so far what I’m seeing is ‘nothing‘ which is interesting given the components involved. My approach is to use a vacuum cleaner hose with a brush to loosen and suck out whatever dirt and dust I can from that battery compartment then wipe the area carefully with a damp microfiber towel. I also wipe down the battery itself and clean the bottom and top caps with a damp microfiber towel paying special attention with Qtips to the battery connectors and other bits where dirt can accumulate.
 

Rob NJ

Active Member
My intension here was to see examples of what riders do to keep these areas clean and so far what I’m seeing is ‘nothing‘ which is interesting given the components involved. My approach is to use a vacuum cleaner hose with a brush to loosen and suck out whatever dirt and dust I can from that battery compartment then wipe the area carefully with a damp microfiber towel. I also wipe down the battery itself and clean the bottom and top caps with a damp microfiber towel paying special attention with Qtips to the battery connectors and other bits where dirt can accumulate.

I had a Trek Supercommuter 8+ for three years (my wife still has hers), and my Allant 9.9 for 9 months. In rain, snow, dirt, cross country driving with them on the back of the car, and riding in pouring rain for hours, we have never had a problem or cleaned our terminals. We always drive with the batteries in the bikes, figuring that they are more protected with the batteries in the bikes. We have also never used anything to protect the batteries from the elements. So, it may sound careless, but we will continue to be prudent, but not overly protective of the bikes.
 

Dallant

Well-Known Member
I had a Trek Supercommuter 8+ for three years (my wife still has hers), and my Allant 9.9 for 9 months. In rain, snow, dirt, cross country driving with them on the back of the car, and riding in pouring rain for hours, we have never had a problem or cleaned our terminals. We always drive with the batteries in the bikes, figuring that they are more protected with the batteries in the bikes. We have also never used anything to protect the batteries from the elements. So, it may sound careless, but we will continue to be prudent, but not overly protective of the bikes.
It’s good to know you don’t need to baby them!
 

Old Fart At Play

New Member
My intension here was to see examples of what riders do to keep these areas clean and so far what I’m seeing is ‘nothing‘ which is interesting given the components involved. My approach is to use a vacuum cleaner hose with a brush to loosen and suck out whatever dirt and dust I can from that battery compartment then wipe the area carefully with a damp microfiber towel. I also wipe down the battery itself and clean the bottom and top caps with a damp microfiber towel paying special attention with Qtips to the battery connectors and other bits where dirt can accumulate.
I use the fahrer cover that you link to when carrying our trek bikes on the bike rack, and I put on a terminal 'plug' too though that isnt really necessary as the fahrer covers are great.

Other than that I just wipe round with a dry cloth occasionally, usually after washing the bikes.