Originally Posted by mike
Avoid going to the car-wash like some folks might suggest. The high pressure water spray gets water where it should not go in a bicycle.
I strongly agree. Actually, even a mere household garden hose can wreak havoc on your rear hub and bb - i know because i've done it!
Water can easily get into most rear hubs since its seals are not watertight on the drive side. A few rides after blasting off your cassette and you've got a rear hub full of an acidic, emulsified water-oil mix that will corrode the bearings, cup and cone surfaces.
IMO, the best way to clean a bike is with a bucket of water and a small rag or sponge - or you bare hand. This gets rid of the hose and prevents the impulsive temptation to just "blast it off". Bare hand cleaning helps to keep from scratching paintjob. I find an old milk jug works good for dispensing water.
If your bike doesn't get very dirty, its even better to just clean with damp paper towels.
Also, a bike stand that lets you elevate the bike to eye level while you work is a huge plus.
Last edited by seeker333; 10-30-06 at 06:26 PM.