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Originally Posted by concernicus
its always dangerous to use water on a steel frame. i like to use pedros cleaner and bike lust to wipe it off. i wouldnt feel comfortable using water on it.
I wouldn't say it was dangerous to get a steel frame wet. What happens if you are out riding when it starts to rain? For years everyone rode steel, and somehow our frames didn't rust out from under us.
Wash a steel frame just like you would wash any other bike. I use a sponge and and a bucket of water with a little car wash, gently rinse with clean water (not a garden hose, minimize water entry into frame and bearings) and wipe dry with a soft, clean cloth. Maybe use some solvent on tar or greasy spots. I'd minimize the rubbing with dry cloths to prevent scratches and swirl marks.
If you really want to be careful, treat a steel frame on the inside with Framesaver or other coating before assembly. Otherwise, just be sure any water can drain out and keep an eye on things.