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    I'm an idiot. Help please or $3000 down the drain

    I went for a ride about 2 weeks ago on my new 2011 Trek Ex 8. Let me just list the things that went wrong.
    *Trail was super muddy once I started going downhill.
    *I locked my fork and rear suspension before I left home and didn't realize until after my ride. I had just set up my suspension and the trail had drops and was really bumpy(Rocky Ridge) and muddy.
    *my bike had mud everywhere so when I got home I got the water hose and jet sprayed everything even the chain and cassette. I got a toothbrush dipped it into a bucket with water and dawn soap to clean into the cassette. I after got a leaf blower to dry the hard to get places and dried off the rest with a rag.
    *I have not touched my bike since.
    *No oil or grease was applied. Don't know what to get and where to apply.

    I admit I'm an idiot but I love mountain biking the strength and cardio needed and the thrill of going downhill... I love it!! But please help me out. Have I just ruined a $3000 bike? Is there still hope? Thanks for reading

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    You'll probably be fine. Apply lube.

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    No man! Just go to a bike shop, get some chain lube, lube it up, wipe off the excess and go for another ride! I would try to keep the high pressure water away from it though and try riding with the suspension not locked out. And read as much here as you can. You'll learn everything you need to know from here.
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    no worries bro your fine. Probably will have to remove and grease the bottom bracket and crank, possible the headset depending on the bearing used, chain for sure, and I always put some grease around the seat post. But all in all your baby is fine!

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    After the ride
    I'm an idiot. Help please or 00 down the drain-uploadfromtaptalk1358402686687.jpg

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    Oh, that's nothing! I thought it was totally caked with mud. Your ok.
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    That's great! I was pulling my hair out not knowing what to do! Thank's for the replies and the help guys! Really appreciate it!

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    The biggest no no you committed was using the jet wash. The forks and shocks are designed to have a blow off feature to prevent any damage from doing what you did.
    Also, I know your bike is new, but mate, but that is not a dirty bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StayJacked View Post
    After the ride
    What trail was that? I'm in Santa Clara and I thought most of the trails around here were open now. We havent had rain for a while....

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    Lol that is clean.

    Recent post ride on my EX 8:

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidfish View Post
    What trail was that? I'm in Santa Clara and I thought most of the trails around here were open now. We havent had rain for a while....
    2 weeks ago at Santa Teresa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thiel View Post
    Lol that is clean.

    Recent post ride on my EX 8:

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    Nice! I'm still in the stage that I wipe off every bit of dust that gets on it.

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    Did you ride the trails that the temporary closure sign refers to?
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    If he rode Rocky Ridge with that sign up, then yes. Please be careful not to ride the trails when that sign is up!

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    and please remove the wheel reflectors

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    so.....what's wrong with your bike again? The only problem i see is that you haven't riden your bike in 2 weeks.

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    Even after getting this muddy, cleaning & lubing the chain (and derailleurs if you have them) will be enough to ride again.

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    Your bike is ruined....please pack it up and send it to me for proper disposal
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    I actually had good results with my last stumpjumper by just keeping it "kind of clean". If it got super muddy, I would just hose it off. I found with my other bikes that trying to "deep clean" with rags, etc can actually cause a lot of little surface scratches from rocks and dirt. When I went to sell the stumpjumper, I finally gave it a thorough cleaning and the buyer couldn't believe how nice it looked. (Drivetrain is the exception, of course) Like everyone else said, you haven't ruined anything. Guy buy some lube at your LBS and they'll probably be happy to show you how to maintain your cassette, chain etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StayJacked View Post
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    You shouldn't ride closed trails. Thats how we get a bad name for mt bikers

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    Riding with the lock out only hurts your back, not your bike.

    One of the dangers of power-washing your bike is forcing water into the bearings in your suspension, bottom bracket, hubs, headset and of course removing the lube from your chain. Chain is the easiest of these to remedy with a quick application of lube. Your call on whether you need to inspect the bearings or not. Ideally you would dry your bike in a hot place to evaporate the water, blowing on your bike wont get inside the nooks and crannies.

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    Ha, my last ride last winter was on snow roads with lots of salt an other crapy chemistry on streets to prevent freezing, I forgot to wash my drivetrain after that (the only part of my bike that I clean). I had rust on the chain and cassette till summer, even after multiple washes and lubing, everything works fine till now. Don't worry and ride your bike more, the biggest mistake you made is riding it with locked suspension - that's not fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rookie nick View Post
    and please remove the wheel reflectors
    Ha!

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    That's not muddy! I wish I hadn't deleted the pictures I had of the race I did last spring, looked a lot like the pic Thiel posted. The mud was caked on so thick inside the frame and on the tires that I couldn't spin the wheels freely after the race. Cost me a bottom bracket and a chain.

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    You're fine. This was at stcp as well. The trail was awesome and tacky the first couple hour until the rain started coming down hard and it became muddy and clayish down on rocky ridge. Lesson learned, only hitting up stcp when its super dry. By the time I got down, the mud became so clayed up that I couldnt bike and had to carry the bike out with the added 20lbs.
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