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    Bath time concerns

    Hi all, first time poster here from sunny ireland, only joking its raining as usual anyway today I had the house to myself, the wife was at work so I decided to take the wheels off m and put the bike on the bath for a good ol scrub in warm water and fairy liquid. While washing the bike I realised my brand new shimano xt calipers were submerged in water. Just wondering have I done anything to harm them by doing this? I'll be going for a ride in the morn so any info before bedtime would be appreciated. Cheers, Peter

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    clean the pads with Isopropyl Alcohol on a paper towel or clean rag. I think they will be okay
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    Good man, thanks for the swift reply

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    I hope you didn't submerge your bottom bracket or your hubs for an extended period of time. It's bad for the bearings. You should never intentionally submerge your bike in water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dharel1705 View Post
    I hope you didn't submerge your bottom bracket or your hubs for an extended period of time. It's bad for the bearings. You should never intentionally submerge your bike in water.
    Hubs no, bottom bracket no, just the front brake calliper but thanks for the tip

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    Once you wash those pads as suggested, be certain to test them out well on flat ground before you point your bike down a hill. I've heard of people claiming that soap contaminated their pads to the point they simply didn't work, in spite of washing them. Others claim the alcohol wash makes it a non-issue. But it won't hurt to be cautious.

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    I had the soap contaminate pads before with just a wash with dish soap and water with a brush. No amount of ISA helped me and I had no brake power and a lot of squel. Finally tried to cook them out as I read that helps with oils sometimes and low and behold it worked. Now whenever I wash my bike I always pull my pads first. its a good habit to get into anyway just to be on the safe side.

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    Just home from a big ride and had no problems at all.. Phew!
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    ^^^ Can't say I have seen that before. Nice bike.

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    Is your wife aware you wash your bike in the bath? I know if I tried that, then the reaction would likely be ""
    I've always thought that using too much dish washing liquid was not overly good for a lot of components on the bike, so I've never tried to use to much, if any, when I wash my bike.
    I don't crash, I just have slightly uncontrolled dismounts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    ^^^ Can't say I have seen that before. Nice bike.
    its all the rage in ireland, nice warm bike bath after a blast tru muddy trails

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    It me giving my bike a sponge bath is all my wife has to worry about she's one lucky lady haha

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