Bicycle Mechanics - Drying your bike
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03-20-03, 08:22 AM
Not so long ago I read an interview with ONCE's head mechanic wherby amongst other things the cleaning of the bikes each day was discussed. One interesting tool he used was a pressuried air gun to dry off the various parts of the bike after he had cleaned it. I would be interested to know whether anyone else uses a similar tool and where I could purchase one. Thanks in advance.
Although the 2-stroke engine variety are terribly polluting, leaf blowers also work.
03-20-03, 05:47 PM
Could he have just been using an air compressore? You might have one. If not, they are kind of expensive - probably not worth picking up just for drying the bike. I just use an old towel and leave the bike in a warm, dry place overnight after relubing everything.
03-20-03, 09:01 PM
I'll be the grinch. ONCE's bikes are maintained better and replaced more frequently than the average bear's. I'd consider using compressed air to try to dry a chain, but not much else. Seems to me, compressed air could be as bad as water under pressure... the pressure pushes it into places where the sun don't shine, and it'll never dry. I second the vote for an old towel to get off the worst, and evaporation to get rid of the rest.
Old towel and evaporation here for the most part. The only fast moving air I use is when we get caught in a rainstorm on the way back from a ride. We just strap the bikes into the trunk rack and drive home. Works everytime
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