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    Getting the muck off your ride

    I bought a Worx Hydroshot (cordless power washer) for around the place for cleaning my vehicles, mower, tiller, etc. I used it on my fat bike to get the cow stuff off my fat bike from last weekends ride. It's enough of a boost to get the mud, crud, and cornfields off but I still avoided the crank and hubs. I was planning to lube the chain and sprockets anyway. It worked really slick, not too much pressure but more than just a hose and nozzle.

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    What is this ďwashingĒ thing you speakith of?

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    I never wash, and if I do "clean", water is never involved.

    Wait till the crud dries, them brush off with a soft bristle brush.

    No creaking, no clicking, no shredded bearings from water intrusion, etc.

    Besides, it's a mountain bike, it's just going to get dirty again anyway, cleaning it is a waste of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    I never wash, and if I do "clean", water is never involved.

    Wait till the crud dries, them brush off with a soft bristle brush.

    No creaking, no clicking, no shredded bearings from water intrusion, etc.

    Besides, it's a mountain bike, it's just going to get dirty again anyway, cleaning it is a waste of time.
    No such thing as brushing off mud we got out here in the southwest. A chisel might be a better option, lol.

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    I only occasionally wash. It's kind of a waste of motion since I'll just be taking it out and repeating the filth cycle all over again.

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    You guys missed his comment about the "cow stuff" removal. that shit is nasty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    You guys missed his comment about the "cow stuff" removal. that shit is nasty!
    Dried itís like cement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    You guys missed his comment about the "cow stuff" removal. that shit is nasty!
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    Yep, mud is cool. Cow stuff is stool.
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    Though i think some bikes look awesome all primmed up and displayed, I personally think the bikes look better dirty, good-n-dusty at least.

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    I just hose my bikes off, hasnít cause an issue for the 20+ years Iíve been doing it. For people worried about seals.... what do you think is happening to your bike on the top of your vehicle in the rain while driving down the road?

    Sometimes Iíll spray the bike down with whatever cleaner Iíve got handy, that helps to cut through mud and chain gunk. Not washing off is stupid as the dirt and mud hold moisture and will degrade the paint over time and if your bike is steel cause it to rust. I always hose off my dirt bikes & quads and they still look great after all these years.

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    Getting the muck off your ride-img_5862.jpg

    Last week, before leaving for down South, I got a ride in during the first snow-fall of the season. It was nasty and muddy, but the worst part was that during the ride, the temp dropped below freezing, and everything simply froze to my bike. I was carrying around pounds of mud and ice frozen to the bike. I tried to clean it off the best I could when I got home with warm water, but even spending an hour or so trying to de-ice the thing and clean it was fairly futile, still just a nasty mess.

    Fast forward to when I got home yesterday, finally got some snow and colder temperatures set in, now riding "cleans" my bike. It's seriously shed a ton of the dirt that was still caked on just by going out and riding. If we can get more snow, it'll get even cleaner

    Getting the muck off your ride-img_5866.jpg
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    Well, I think a quick gentle rinse is good once in a while before I service the bike, I can look for issues, and do a better job to properly keep it in tune. Mud is cool and clean is also cool for pics. It's all cool. But when it comes to poop it must go. Where I rode last weekend the cows are at home and I was a visitor.

    I have to admit... after I get it all clean I can't wait to get it dirty. It just looks better.

    Now, my road bike is a different story - If it don't shine, it ain't mine.
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