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    moab is dirty

    just got the bike back together... what started out a basic cleaning a few days ago ended up being a strip-to-the-frame job after i noticed the tracer could use some TLC. that unmistakable red grit found its way everywhere– between bearings/linkages, pivots, BB, cogset, etc.

    sometimes i think the $30 soak tank i picked up from harbor freight a while back is the best investment i've made.

    mmmmmmm... minty clean, thanks to simple green.

    now to go get it dirty again...
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    and may just go where no one's been.

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    I just leave mine dirty.

    Still have Moab dirt, Fruita dirt.... hell - I think I have some Crested Butte mud on it from 2004.

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    That's hallowed dirt, that Moab dirt

    Leaving it on your bike is a good, sacred thing. Sometimes I'll leave that red stuff on the floorboards of my truck...till the next time I go out there.
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    Shouldn't have done that. Moab dirt is actually a specially formulated natural bike lubricant. The little sand grains are just like teflon.

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    so says Dante

    there's a special place in hell for folks who don't clean their bikes...


    [SIZE="1"](lemme guess-- you don't wash your car or routinely change the oil, either?)[/SIZE]


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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    there's a special place in hell for folks who don't clean their bikes...
    The bearings and drivetrain get love.. but the frame doesn't even have paint.

    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    [SIZE="1"](lemme guess-- you don't wash your car or routinely change the oil, either?)[/SIZE]
    Oil change = yes...Wash? waste of time, just going to get dirty again on the next shuttle .

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    washing your car just means it will rain or the county will spray fixative on the roadway

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    washing your car just means it will rain or the county will spray fixative on the roadway

    Ok. Gotta ask. What is fixative? Us least coasters only see a road get paved twice in a lifetime, not every year. Fixative sounds like something a denture wearer would use.

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    must go through lots of bearings, washing your bike that much and all...
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    A clean bike is a happy bike. A happy bike is a fast bike

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    yeah, some kind of dust management goo that goes on the dirt roads around my house. unfortunately if you drive on it the day they spray it it's like permanent mud, like dirt and elmers glue. Really hard to wash off.


    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers
    Ok. Gotta ask. What is fixative? Us least coasters only see a road get paved twice in a lifetime, not every year. Fixative sounds like something a denture wearer would use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotdirt
    there's a special place in hell for folks who don't clean their bikes...


    [SIZE="1"](lemme guess-- you don't wash your car or routinely change the oil, either?)[/SIZE]

    I change the oil on schedule. But why in God's name would I bother washing it? It just gets dirty again.

    It's sort of like:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kberkle
    A clean bike is a happy bike. A happy bike is a fast bike
    Some of us don't care if the bike's fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    yeah, some kind of dust management goo that goes on the dirt roads around my house. unfortunately if you drive on it the day they spray it it's like permanent mud, like dirt and elmers glue. Really hard to wash off.
    So don't wash it.

    Seems obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    Leaving it on your bike is a good, sacred thing.
    I agree it gives my bike special powers

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    I don't, well occasionally, but I don't have any delusions of it staying clean.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    So don't wash it.

    Seems obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    I agree it gives my bike special powers
    The dirt acts like camoflage. You wouldn't want a mountain lion to come up and steal your bike, would you?

    I scrub and lube the drive train maybe every 30 or so miles of trail riding. The frame gets a good cleaning only once or twice a season.

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