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    Cleaning your bike after a race

    Sucks!

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    If your bike gets dirty you really should buy a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler View Post
    If your bike gets dirty you really should buy a new one.
    I like your logic

    Now just need to convince the wife!

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    Cleaning and repacking bearings, redoing cables and housing, and scraping the crusted mud out of your socks after a race sucks. Hosing a bike off is painless.
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    What's so hard about it?
    A bucket and a hose..10 minutes per bike.....and you're done.
    And repacking bearings and cables? I have raced in rain/mud 7 times this year....and aside from replacing cables and prepping bearings at the begining of the season...again, no big deal. I might put new cables on 1 bike this weekend to finish out the season.

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    haven't had a wet race yet this season...although there's rain in the forecast for this upcoming BASP race.

    my cleaning post race consists of wiping down chain and brushing ders if it was sandy.

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    A bucket and a hose..10 minutes per bike.....and you're done
    Well you clearly don't suffer from any obsessive compulsive tendencies. I find I'm back after the initial 10-15 minutes getting all the nooks and crannies. Of course it's a new bike so the need to keep it spic and span will probably fade with age, but till then I still say it sucks.

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    Your bike must have a lot more nooks and crannies than mine does.
    hang the bike and pop the wheels off.
    Hose it down,
    Get a soapy wooly mit and give it a wipe down. Take a small tapered brush and get any tight areas. Do the same to the wheels. Rinse everything and lube the chain.
    I have 3 bikes and 6 sets of wheels.
    1/2 hour and I'm done...including a couple pairs of muddy shoes

    Laundry tip: throw some detergent in a sandwich bag and keep it in your gear bag.
    On muddy days...stop at the laundry mat on the way home and wreck their machine while you go and get something to eat. Your washing machine will thank you.
    Last edited by the mayor; 11-05-2012 at 03:28 PM.

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    Alternately, when out of town, scope out a self serve car wash near the race site and after the race, ride over and wash off bike, then hand spray wand to friend/girlfriend/wife/devious onlooker and have them power wash you!
    Last edited by ms6073; 11-06-2012 at 07:56 AM.

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    Power washing is a one way trip to smoked bearings and cables.
    Use only when there's no other resort....
    You are better off if you can find a stream or a pond...

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    Nobody's mentioned unwinding grass from everything that rotates. It doesn't hose off, brush off, power wash off or sponge off. I'd say washing is good for about 20-30 minutes.

    Power washing is a last resort for the above mentioned reasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Nobody's mentioned unwinding grass from everything that rotates. It doesn't hose off, brush off, power wash off or sponge off. I'd say washing is good for about 20-30 minutes.

    Power washing is a last resort for the above mentioned reasons.
    For wound in grass...get a small shape box cutter and a small scissors. Cut it and take it off in chunks as opposed to unwinding it.
    You will quickly figure out where to use the knife and the scissors.....I mostly use the knife.
    If the bike is dry...I cut off most of the grass before I wash it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    What's so hard about it?
    A bucket and a hose..10 minutes per bike.....and you're done.
    And repacking bearings and cables? I have raced in rain/mud 7 times this year....and aside from replacing cables and prepping bearings at the begining of the season...again, no big deal. I might put new cables on 1 bike this weekend to finish out the season.
    You must ride sealed cables and housing. Im making the switch after my SS USGP race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    You must ride sealed cables and housing. Im making the switch after my SS USGP race.
    No...I don't. I find them a waste of money.
    Good high end Shimano cables.....give them a blast of Tri Flow once a month or so. Replace 1 or twice a season. Nice smooth shifting and it helps your shifters live longer....
    BTW...Gore is discontinuing it's sealed cables ( which is what SRAM used)

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