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    Rode Hard and Put Away Wet

    I usually keep up on cleaning the bikes after nasty rides, and it hasn't been an issue with the fat on snow.

    But now everything is melting and getting pretty muddy.....I just don't feel like/have the time to clean it after every ride. So I hang it nose up in the garage and let it drip-dry.

    I know its not good to ride it hard, and put it away filthy. Anyone else abusing there fatbike this time of year?

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    I think I've washed mine like 10 times in the last 4 years. Cleaning is for when I'm hurt or stuck around the house...
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    the the gunk dries, it shouldn't hurt the metal.. why is the filthy wet different than tap water wet?

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    Keeping the drivetrain clean is the only important thing, a dirty frame is proof you actually use it.

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    I clean my bikes at the end of a major trip [ie. coming home from Baja] and when I need to work on them since it keeps me and my work area from becoming filthy.

    In between I don't do anything. I've got an IGH so my chain doesn't need much attention.

    People who get too obsessive about cleaning their bikes can do more damage then good if they get carried away with hosing their bikes down.

    Dirt on the frame doesn't do any damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    I think I've washed mine like 10 times in the last 4 years. Cleaning is for when I'm hurt or stuck around the house...
    with all the free time you have twice a week should be no problem, just pretend your stuck around the house more often.

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    Air compressor works great for a quick cleaning of the drivetrain.

    I was riding in the gravel pits yesterday... this was at the beginning... after I got through there I had like 2 pounds of mud in the BB area. Kicking/Brush/Air compressor'd it... "all clean".

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    Quote Originally Posted by boogman View Post
    the the gunk dries, it shouldn't hurt the metal.. why is the filthy wet different than tap water wet?
    I guess in Wisconsin "put away wet" means that you left the item filthy, dirty, unlubed....basically showing it no love. Which is what I have done on my last 5-7 rides.

    I don't want to hook the hose up outside yet for fear of water freezing in it overnight. Maybe I just need a short 6-10' hose to use for cleaning?

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    Spray your bike's metal parts down with T9 Boeshield. The stuff dries into a waxy coat... then let the gunk come... You'll be rest assured that the stuff you sprayed is protecting your metal parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I guess in Wisconsin "put away wet" means that you left the item filthy, dirty, unlubed....basically showing it no love. Which is what I have done on my last 5-7 rides.

    I don't want to hook the hose up outside yet for fear of water freezing in it overnight. Maybe I just need a short 6-10' hose to use for cleaning?

    I use one of the cheap precoiled hoses. Disconnect it and hang in a branch and all the water drains and ready for the next go round. Way better than trying to drain the big yard hoses all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    with all the free time you have twice a week should be no problem, just pretend your stuck around the house more often.
    Maybe if I had that sexy white chick of yours I would wash it more. Like 12 times or so
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