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    Sun Joe presssure washer?

    Does anyone use sun Joe portable washer? This thing runs on40 volt battery pack

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    no one who is smart uses a pressure washer to clean their bike. perhaps in a muddy race situation, but a pressure-washed bike will need to be overhauled after the jet of water has washed the grease out of all the places it is needed. a gentle hose and a brush will do the trick just fine.

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    This washer is used where you don't have access to water

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    where would you not have access to water? do you have water at your house? rinse your bike off when you get home. why would you need to pressure wash your bike in the wild? are you afraid someone is going to ambush your bike with glamour shots?

    if you're going to carry a pressure washer, you can just pack a jug of water and a soft brush with you to do the same task without risking blasting your bearings and stuff.

    I am not concerned with how you access water, just the fact that there's no reason to use a pressure washer on your bike at all. seems like overkill for absolutely no reason at all.

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    ACE plant sprayer. ideal.


    https://www.acehardware.com/departme...rayers/7437668

    will clean off goo, won't blast too hard
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    OTOH, sounds like an excellent option for Post Ride Body Cleanup.
    You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.

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    I use a plant spray for post-ride booty cleanup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    OTOH, sounds like an excellent option for Post Ride Body Cleanup.
    And it would triple as a bug zapper in the wilds.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And it would triple as a bug zapper in the wilds.



    It's hand held too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And it would triple as a bug zapper in the wilds.
    And as a clogged drain cleaner! Sha-ZAYAAMM!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I use a plant spray for post-ride booty cleanup.
    Spray? Or sprayer? Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Spray? Or sprayer? Lol
    Yeah, hopefully not Roundup.
    You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.

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    I live in a condo where there's literally no where to draw water from. My porch has good drainage so I bought one of these that has worked really well for me, cheap as well. You just pump it for pressure and It's not really a "pressure" washer as the water pressure is not super strong, but good enough to wash a bike. I imagine this would work well as a trail side shower or to wash stuff off if no water access.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    ACE plant sprayer. ideal.


    https://www.acehardware.com/departme...rayers/7437668

    will clean off goo, won't blast too hard
    This thing is too weak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    This thing is too weak

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    for what?! are you riding through wet concrete and allowing it to dry on your bike? no one else ever says they "need" a pressure washer, except you. if you need a actual pressure washer to clean your bike, you're doing something weird.

    I have used a sprayer like that, it puts out more pressure than I need. if the dirt is caked on, you spray the dirt down, let it soak up some water for a few seconds until it turns to mud, then spray it right off. I pressure washer would do the same thing, but it's way more complex and will damage your bike in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naolin View Post
    I live in a condo where there's literally no where to draw water from. My porch has good drainage so I bought one of these that has worked really well for me, cheap as well. You just pump it for pressure and It's not really a "pressure" washer as the water pressure is not super strong, but good enough to wash a bike. I imagine this would work well as a trail side shower or to wash stuff off if no water access.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    This washer has negative reviews. It leaks at the base of the hose connector

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    This thing is too weak
    https://www.amazon.com/Theo-Klein-Fi.../dp/B0014QOMRQ ?
    You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    This washer has negative reviews.
    newsflash- everything on Amazon has some negative reviews. 3.5 out of 5 stars for 46 reviews is not bad. if you don't like that one, there are a ton of similar products that do the same thing without resorting to the absurdity of using a pressure washer on your bike. that's like brushing your teeth with a belt sander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Spray? Or sprayer? Lol
    a little of both. stuff grows in places it's not wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    for what?! are you riding through wet concrete and allowing it to dry on your bike? no one else ever says they "need" a pressure washer, except you. if you need a actual pressure washer to clean your bike, you're doing something weird.

    I have used a sprayer like that, it puts out more pressure than I need. if the dirt is caked on, you spray the dirt down, let it soak up some water for a few seconds until it turns to mud, then spray it right off. I pressure washer would do the same thing, but it's way more complex and will damage your bike in the long run.
    The sun Joe isn't powerful as my gas washer. Joe produces only about 1000psi

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    what exactly are you trying to wash off your bike with water at 1000 psi? how is that remotely necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    This washer has negative reviews. It leaks at the base of the hose connector

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    no it doesn't

    source: I own one, it doesn't leak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    what exactly are you trying to wash off your bike with water at 1000 psi? how is that remotely necessary?
    I want to wash of heavy mud, dog poop

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    you don't need 1000 psi + to do that. a gentle hose, maybe a little dish detergent, and a soft brush will do that job. anything else is a stupid idea. no one on the forum is going to validate that for you unless they also like doing foolish things to their bikes with unnecessary tools.

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    ok then yes get the portable pressure washer, they are fine
    but this is better as it is 12v. run off a car battery, no fancy 40volt monstrosity


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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    ok then yes get the portable pressure washer, they are fine
    but this is better as it is 12v. run off a car battery, no fancy 40volt monstrosity


    https://www.amazon.com/Dyconn-Faucet.../dp/B00PT46CC2
    This washer doesn't ship to Canada.

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    Building one of these?

    Sun Joe presssure washer?-flying-water-powered-bike.jpg
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    Remember, there's always quilting and knitting if pedalling becomes too tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    what exactly are you trying to wash off your bike with water at 1000 psi? how is that remotely necessary?
    Its like people havenít discovered soap yet.
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    If I wash at home as routine maintanence I usually put it on a stand and scrub it down with some soapy water (Simple Green) along with the chain, cassette, and bogey wheels, then hose it off. If I have a truly dirty bike as in riding the trails in the rain or otherwise sloppy ride (our local Red Dirt) then Iíll usually stop by the coin op car wash on the way home and put a few quarters in. I avoid the bearing areas and donít blast close up. No big deal. My bearings do just fine on that particular regimen. IMHO, the whole pressure-washer on bikes thing is largely an urban legend boogeyman if used with common sense.

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    Cleaning bikes is overrated. Dirt in pivots and bearings is bad, as is water and washing out lube. Do your cleaning efforts ameliorate or exacerbate these problems?
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Cleaning bikes is overrated. Dirt in pivots and bearings is bad, as is water and washing out lube. Do your cleaning efforts ameliorate or exacerbate these problems?
    My biggest issue on mountain bikes is always chain, cassette, and especially jockey wheels. I donít care about the rest of the bike, but when those items in particular reach a particular grunge threshold, shifting suffers, so I do tend to clean those items fairly often. Iíve never had an issue with any bike Iíve owned in 30 years that I would attribute to over-cleaning.

    ETA: seat post. Iíve read enough ďstuck seat postĒ threads to stimulate me to pull the seat post fairly often, wipe it down and re-lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Its like people havenít discovered soap yet.
    Well, Canada.
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    Free-hub bodies, wheel bearings, suspension components....none of it likes the pressure sprayer. One mechanic suggested that I should never even use a nozzle on the garden hose, just a brush and "falling" water. I myself kind of like using a brush attachment on the shop vac to clean the bike after it's all dried up. Then I hit the drivetrain with a towel shot with a little WD-40 if it's junked up. A little piece of corrugated cardboard cleans out between the cogs beautifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    IMHO, the whole pressure-washer on bikes thing is largely an urban legend boogeyman if used with common sense.
    Agree. Not that I wash my bikes regularly, but I've been hitting them with hose sprayers and an occasional blast from the pressure washer for ages and have never noticed any issues.
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    "...if used with common sense..."

    That's the rub though...the guy is looking to clean off heavy mud and dog crap, the common sense may not run strong here.


    I definately had problems with over washing my bikes early on, especially free-hubs and the old Shimano cone and cup wheel bearings. I also have hot water outside my house which causes way more problems than it solves on a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    if used with common sense.
    I see Picard is a new phenomenon for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I see Picard is a new phenomenon for you.
    It seems he had been washing the bike in his sink. Now the drain is clogged, and getting a pressure washer is cheaper than hiring a plumber to fix it. It's rare for Piccard to give the whole story, but I'm pretty good at filling in the blanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    It seems he had been washing the bike in his sink. Now the drain is clogged, and getting a pressure washer is cheaper than hiring a plumber to fix it. It's rare for Piccard to give the whole story, but I'm pretty good at filling in the blanks.
    I think you covered it! Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOJO K View Post
    It seems he had been washing the bike in his sink. Now the drain is clogged, and getting a pressure washer is cheaper than hiring a plumber to fix it. It's rare for Piccard to give the whole story, but I'm pretty good at filling in the blanks.
    You got it all wrong. The sink is much too small to wash my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    ok then yes get the portable pressure washer, they are fine
    but this is better as it is 12v. run off a car battery, no fancy 40volt monstrosity


    https://www.amazon.com/Dyconn-Faucet.../dp/B00PT46CC2
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    This washer doesn't ship to Canada.

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    Yes it does.
    https://www.amazon.ca/Dyconn-Faucet-.../dp/B018WLV1II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I want to wash of heavy mud, dog poop

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    Are you purposely riding through the dog poop? If so, you might want to consider not doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott O View Post
    Are you purposely riding through the dog poop? If so, you might want to consider not doing this.
    Nope. The trails are full of poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Nope. The trails are full of poop.

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    Never hit the old dirt trails without toilet paper.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    pressure washer + dog poop = liquefied and splattered dog poop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    pressure washer + dog poop = liquefied and splattered dog poop.
    You are so negative dude

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    pressure washer + dog poop = liquefied and splattered dog poop.
    Itís like putting poop in a blender. You donít want to do it and you know itís not recommended but. . . ďsomeĒ are driven to do so.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    You are so negative dude
    on a positive note, you can save it and add it to your morning smoothie for a fiber boost!

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    I loaned my old xc bike to my buddy. He rode through dog poop and it got stuck on pedal 2 weeks ago. I couldn't scrub it off the pedal with soap and water. It is stuck like crazy glue

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    I've owned the Mountain Washer for over 3.5 years now and absolutely love it.

    https://shop.mountainwasher.com/
    My bike is all tricked out. It has pedals, a handle bar, a seat and two wheels! H8tRs gunna H8t!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    I loaned my old xc bike to my buddy. He rode through dog poop and it got stuck on pedal 2 weeks ago. I couldn't scrub it off the pedal with soap and water. It is stuck like crazy glue
    what have those dogs been eating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    what have those dogs been eating?
    Gluten.
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