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Muchos gracias!

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2/15/11 5:00 P

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EVERYONE should wash their bikes. It appalls me when I walk through a T-zone and see how much power is being wasted because of dirty drivetrains.

I wash my bikes regularly - roadbike after a wet ride, the TT bike definitely before a race, and the CX bike, well, practically every week during CX season. The more you practise, the better you get. I can do a bike in 15 minutes. Less if it's freezing outside.

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2/13/11 10:53 A

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Great tips! I would add one more step. After washing the bike and the final rinse, I towel dry my bike as best I can. Then I use a product called GT85. It is a lubricant, penetrator and water displacer. I spray it everywhere that water might hide (screws, derailer, etc) or where you might get rust. My bike mechanic turned me on to this a few months back and he swears by it. He sprays the entire bike



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Thanks for the tips. I have heard you can wash your bike, and I have heard that you should never wash your bike. I am in the You Should Wash Your Bike club, It's nice to get some instructions, because I have heard different things about how to do it correctly. These instructions make sense.


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2/9/11 12:41 P

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Good advice - Thanks.

I'm not a neat freak by any means. Probably wash my bike twice a year. I clean and lube the chain more often.
When I clean it up, I wax the frame to protect the paint and shine it up.
If anyone ever actually looked at my bike, and it happened to be when it was clean, it would look nice.

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There are four common missteps and three tips to a fast bike cleanup. Here are the 4 bummers to avoid along with three tips to make tidying up a cleaner experience.

1. Too-quick Start:
*Don't skip initial rinse
*Use light shower setting on spray nozzle, spray off entire bike top to bottom before going near a bike with a soapy sponge.

2. High-pressure Hazard:
*Too much pressure and you can force water (soapy degreaser-laden water) into bearings

3. Goldilock Finish:
*Last step is to re-lube the chain. Stop short-chain rusts, too heavy-chain will attract grime like a magnet. Give just the right amount and wipe off excess with a clean rag.

4. Slip From Shinola:
*Polishing products like Armour All are not for bikes. Shine your saddle-hard time staying seated. Glossy rims and rim residue will reduce breaking power.

Keep it simple. Clean the drive train first. If you use a de-greaser, remove rear wheel and angle it with cassette side down so degreaser runs off. Work from the top to the bottom and front to back. Use a bucket of warm soapy water and a soft-bristled handheld brush...the kind usually sold with a dust pan. Rinse, wash, rinse and then dry with a clean cloth. Lube the chain and admire!

This article is from Bicycling Magazine. Thought it might be useful due to all of the nasty weather being experienced by many.

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