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Old 02-18-06, 02:43 PM   #1
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I recently bought a new CF bike and want to keep it looking as good as possible for a long time. I live and ride near the beach and want to prevent rust and corrosion on steel and aluminum parts. I use Boeshield on all exposed metal parts, but I'm wondering how often I should be washing the bike. Do you guys hose your bikes down after every ride to remove salt air residue from all of the "nooks and crannies"? Or is wiping it down with a damp towel good enough? How often should I do a full washing with soap and water?
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Old 02-18-06, 03:13 PM   #2
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I also, would love the answer to this.
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Old 02-18-06, 04:19 PM   #3
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Ride it, lube the drive train regularly, wash it when it looks dirty. Its 99% CF and aluminum, the chain and a few fasteners are the only thing thats ferrous metal. Nothings going to rust as long as its stored inside.
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Old 02-18-06, 04:27 PM   #4
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Store it inside and maintian a routine maintence program. I too live near the ocean and deal with salt exposure more then I'd like to. My bike is aluminum, and I've never had a problem with corrision or oxidation with anything except the heads of the stem bolts, and that is solved with a light coat of clear coat.
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i live in new orleans where it is wet alot, and dirt everywhere, i usually just make sure all my bearings chain,etc...arent rusty and are lubricated well. as for the frame i was it with car soap, i then use car wax that prevent rust(which works)
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BTW: I clean the frame with WD-40.
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Very good link on how to clean a bike...

http://www.thepaceline.com/members/t....aspx?cid=1826

Now how much, well I think that is something youa re going to have to think about. If you have the time and your bike looks dirty, then clean it.
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heh, you people are weird.
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BTW: I clean the frame with WD-40.
That's an oxymoron, isn't it?

I live 1.000 feet from the ocean, and none of my bikes shows any sign of corrosion. Only a little rust on some of the non-stainless bolts like the bar clamps and seatpost clamp bolts. I wash them when they're dirty using car-wash detergent, clean the dirty parts with citrus degreaser, and lube only with White Lightning. Works for me.
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I don't have any troubles with rust from the bay either . Of course, i degrease with gasoline & lube with Prolink.
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You folks near the ocean seem to only worry about steel rusting. I'm planning on keeping bikes on a small sailboat and what I think I need to protect against is aluminum pitting on components. I was expecting to invest in drums of WD-40 and fight the dreaded rag monopoly. Is my concern misplaced??
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You folks near the ocean seem to only worry about steel rusting. I'm planning on keeping bikes on a small sailboat and what I think I need to protect against is aluminum pitting on components. I was expecting to invest in drums of WD-40 and fight the dreaded rag monopoly. Is my concern misplaced??
A wipe down with WD40 ocasionally should definitely help, but I wouldn't go overboard (pun intended).
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure my Boeshield wipedowns with the occasional washing will be fine. I was just asking because my other bikes always started looking like crap within a couple of years (mainly the small nuts and bolts, brake fittings and all metal parts either rusted or corroded). But then again, I pretty much neglected those bikes.

I just bought some microfiber towels ($10 for a bag of 20 at Costco) and they work great for wiping things down (except for the chain - I use a terry towel for that). They also come out clean from the washing machine (unlike terry, which usually retains some grease and grime), so they'll last a long time.
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The WD-40 is just a shortcut. It cleans and shines in one step, then dries quickly. I'm a bit phobic with getting soap into the bearings.
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