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    Winter clean-up routine?

    So you've been out winter riding in snow etc. The garden hose outside is not available. How do you folks clean your bike & drivetrain after a ride?
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    1) bring a hose outside
    2) bring 2 buckets , 1 with soapy water , 1 with clean
    3) leave it until spring

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    If you're just riding in snow, you shouldn't need water to clean the bike. If it's snow/mud/salt, you probably live somewhere that gets warm enough every now and then in the winter to turn the hose on and give it a good washing. If you're just worried about the drivetrain, degrease, dry and lube. No need for water.

    dan0 the vaginatarian's 2nd suggestion is always an option as well.

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    I just relube. I also run 7/8 spd components so there's more gunk clearance. If I really feel like it I have a basement with a few floor drains.

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    Thanks. I think a wipe down with soft rags if just snow, or the 2 bucket system if sand/salt are involved are my options. Then set it near my wood stove to dry , then lube. From what I have been reading, wax lube is the way to go?
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    Right now my conditions are such that I am not putting any water on a bike...

    If you have clean snow that sticks to the bike, just brush most of it off.

    Wet and dirty snow... brush it off, wash if you must.

    Clean and lube the chain when it needs it.

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    I also store my bike in an unheated space, no freeze/thaw cycles, which can affect cables,creates ice from snow. Clean snow build up usually isn't an issue.

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    I keep the drivetrain components coated in a PTFE lubricant like TriFlow. I use a ZEP product. I spray the chain, cassette and chain rings and wipe down the derailers with it.

    When I get home, if there were salty wet roads, I use a microfiber cloth, damp with water and Simple Green and wipe down the frame. The TriFlow coating stays on the metal parts and prevents rust for several rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isleblue65
    I keep the drivetrain components coated in a PTFE lubricant like TriFlow. I use a ZEP product. I spray the chain, cassette and chain rings and wipe down the derailers with it.

    When I get home, if there were salty wet roads, I use a microfiber cloth, damp with water and Simple Green and wipe down the frame. The TriFlow coating stays on the metal parts and prevents rust for several rides.
    Is that like "Fluid Film"? I see there are also Silicone or Graphite sprays available
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    This is the product I use:

    http://www.vendorsequipment.com/foun...ams=VE2721*407

    It does leave a corrosion inhibiting coating on metal surfaces. It is thin enough to lubricate parts without causing build up of grime and dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog
    Thanks. I think a wipe down with soft rags if just snow, or the 2 bucket system if sand/salt are involved are my options. Then set it near my wood stove to dry , then lube. From what I have been reading, wax lube is the way to go?
    I like chain-l #5, wax sux

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    just be carefull of the washes that leave a film. keep away from brake rotors

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    I spray all the snow/water off my bike with an air compressor when I'm done.

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    Just got back from some twisty packed snow trails. My bike looks cleaner than it was before the ride.

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