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    A couple of people have mentioned not to use a power washer. I was wondering why not? Is it for damage to paintwork or to the components? I have a 26" hard tail.

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    The pressure can blow crap past the seals in the headset, hubs, cranks, etc. I just use a regular hose and nozzle. Try not to let it dry, too. It'll be easier to wash off.

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    I love MTBR just for these threads!!!

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    To the OP: What mud? That's the cleanest bike I've seen post ride around here...

    If I go for a mud-bath of a ride, I usually just take the garden hose and run straight water pressure (no nozzle) to get the big cakes of stuff off.

    Then just let it dry.

    After 3 years of riding year round, I'm on my 2nd shifter cable, 2nd brake flush, 2nd set of brake pads, 3rd BB, and I've repacked the headset bearings twice and repacked wheel bearing once.

    Then after it's dried, I take a nylon brush and then brush all the dried up dirt off the bike.

    Then I take a bike polish and an old T-shirt and polish the all the surfaces.

    I take chain lube and lube the chain. I take tri-flow and lube the sliders.

    using pressurized water could blow crap into areas that shouldn't be seeing water and cause issues.

    Once in a while, I'll just pull the wheels off and the cassette and rotor and do a thorough inspection. Then I'll repack bearings on my wheel. My front wheel has sealed bearings and my rear has open cage.

    I check my headset once a year and check BB if it's making any funny sounds or if it's not as smooth as it's supposed to be.

    I run full length cable housing and plan to change my shifter cable once a year.

    These bikes are tough. But you gotta give them a little TLC and keep up with minimal maintenance.
    Just get out and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregk2001 View Post
    A couple of people have mentioned not to use a power washer. I was wondering why not? Is it for damage to paintwork or to the components? I have a 26" hard tail.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban
    The pressure can blow crap past the seals in the headset, hubs, cranks, etc. I just use a regular hose and nozzle. Try not to let it dry, too. It'll be easier to wash off.
    To elaborate, forcing water into the bearings can force grease out, leaving them without lubrication. Since you're forcing water in, water can get trapped inside and can cause the bearings to rust. Both are bad, and they will cause your bearings to prematurely fail.

    Even if you're on a hardtail and don't have any linkage pivots, remember you still have bearings in your hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and possibly pedals, all of which you'd like to spin trouble-free for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Even if you're on a hardtail and don't have any linkage pivots, remember you still have bearings in your hubs, bottom bracket, headset, and possibly pedals, all of which you'd like to spin trouble-free for a long time.
    Not to mention forks, you don't want to be spraying water anywhere near the seals, as water in there will cause some issues as well.

    I know it can be a pain and a bit time consuming, but a bucket, sponge, rag and a couple of stiff brushes are you're best bet for cleaning safely. If you must use a hose, just have the water at a slowish steady stream to wash off mud etc.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    as long as you clean it, and relube what needs to be relubed, youre fine

    i just hose mine off, and hand wash it after a nasty day of riding

    then check it for lube
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwiplague View Post
    Not to mention forks, you don't want to be spraying water anywhere near the seals, as water in there will cause some issues as well.

    I know it can be a pain and a bit time consuming, but a bucket, sponge, rag and a couple of stiff brushes are you're best bet for cleaning safely. If you must use a hose, just have the water at a slowish steady stream to wash off mud etc.
    Thanks to all for the cleaning info. I guess when my bike seizes unexpectedly I'll know why

    Maybe a good thing I'm considering a new bike soon.

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    Glad to see people out riding, but if the trails are that bad its better not to ride them. Unless you have time to volunteer to rebuild that is. Mud bogging is fun and all but it tears the **** outa the trails. Not be crap all over your riding just try and find a spot with less mud. Nice bike btw.

    As others have said don't power wash as it will get all that crud somewhere in the bearings and suspension seals.

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    I think you guys all got trolled hard!
    His avatar is a slightly muddy bike in front of a trail closure sign.
    He's asking if getting a bike a little muddy and washing it off killed it.
    Keep the Country country.

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    +1, supertroll.
    nothing witty here...

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    let her dry and use compressed air and rag to clean. t9 lube is a good lube and Bike Lust helps you clean her next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    I think you guys all got trolled hard!
    His avatar is a slightly muddy bike in front of a trail closure sign.
    He's asking if getting a bike a little muddy and washing it off killed it.
    Have to agree, too many retarded things in one post for it to be true!

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    Did you really pay 3K?

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    I smell troll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sambs827 View Post
    I smell troll.
    Epic long troll. Sign up, post a pick of new bike, wait three months and BLAMMO! Troll city!

    Hey OP, I like to use Finishline Bike Wash to prevent flash surface rust.

    Hose it down with regular low pressure garden hose, spray it with this bike wash, use a brush if it's really caked on, rinse with clean water, wipe it down. Lube chain.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    this is dirty




    just hose em down after the ride, then lube

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    I love MTBR just for these threads!!!

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    Not sure if serious.

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    Needs some 26 vs 29 and a rockshox vs fox to be a better troll thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simpledesign View Post
    Needs some 26 vs 29 and a rockshox vs fox to be a better troll thread
    650b and Magura.

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    "Whats the best bike for mudding?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    Epic long troll. Sign up, post a pick of new bike, wait three months and BLAMMO! Troll city!
    you rang?

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    If you think that could have hurt your bike, what exactly do you think it was designed for? Paved mountain trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    If you think that could have hurt your bike, what exactly do you think it was designed for? Paved mountain trails?
    Agreed! If mud scares you, send me your EX and buy a $200 fixie and a fluid trainer.
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