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    Clean up after being sprayed with salt

    Hey guys,

    In my wonderful state, they use salt (and way too much of it) on the roads during the winter months. I unfortunately was driving home from the trails with my wife's bike on the rack (luckily mine was in the car), and it started to rain/sleet, and of course her bike got covered in salt and other road grime. So far I have take off the cranks and wheels, and cleaned every thing I could out of the chain, derailleurs, and BB area. I have not removed the BB, nor have I removed any of the bolts in the rear linkage. The bike is a Santa Cruz SL 29er.

    Should I remove the bottom bracket and the rear suspension bolts to try and clean everything out, or should they be OK? If I do remove those bolts, all I need to do is let all the air out of the rear shock, take out the bolts, clean, re-grease and tighten them back to the spec'd torque, correct? Is there anything else I should know about or look out for?

    Thanks!

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    It's not a bad idea to do maintenance like that in the winter. But I don't think a suspension tear down is necessary. A through bath with the hose is sufficient.

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    Thanks customfab. I'm assuming I shouldn't have to worry about those bolts rusting? (I'm not sure what they are made of..)

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    x2 on the bath with the hose.

    Just wipe the bike off with a clean rag to get the sitting water off. Most bolts are going to be either regular or stainless steel, but both will rust if exposed to salt.

    My experience, for what it's worth, is, having ridden a bike through a coastal flood, the bottom bracket will probably be okay (in fact, mine was submerged for close to 45 minutes, and showed no ill effects for it when I took it off 10 months later). You could certainly spend some time cleaning and lubing the pivots if you wanted, but the only steel parts are typically the bearings. Since the bike was only sprayed, rather than submerged, I'd feel fairly confident saying you'll be fine hosing it off and wiping it down.

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    yep, a thorough bath and then a microfiber rub down. microfiber b/c it absorbs leftover water faster and better.

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    Thanks for your comments guys.

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    I'd usually try to go ride the bike quickly around the block after hosing and wiping down, to try to get all the sitting water out of the little linkage spots and to make everything move a little before storing the bike. Think like you should normally drive your car a few km's after getting out of the car wash. Sitting water in the bushings and other places like that will be worst than salt on the paint.

    Btw good job on making it up to your wife for her bike
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