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Old 04-15-03, 06:32 PM   #1
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just washed bike, now it feels heavy

this newbie finally washed the newbie trek 7300 for the first time. figured it was due since i rode it ALL winter in massive slush/salt/snow all winter. anyway, i got a little carried away with the garden hose. was gonna just give it a quick rinse, but i found myself just spraying for over half an hour.

took it for a spin the next day and it felt HEAVY. noticed it when i lifted it down my stoop, and when i was pedaling, i felt like i was 4 gears behind on my usual paths.

coincidentally, i got a rear puncture flat (broken car windshield) on that ride, and i noticed my rim tape was moist. blow dried the rim, fixed the flat, but it still feels heavy. i understand that extra weight on the wheels makes a huge difference in rotating weight, but is the damp rim tape on my other tire enough to make a difference? did i get water in other parts of my bike? i did lube my chain after the wash.

i'd also like to take this time to congratulate myself for mounting the tire onto the rim without a screwdriver (ackk!!) or tire levers for the first time. used only hands following a technique outlined in another thread on this forum. i've shredded many a tube and gone through many frustrations inadequately dealing with flats on my own before. one small step for this newbie, one giant step towards saving his sanity.
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Old 04-15-03, 07:59 PM   #2
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You might have some water in your frame. It may be trapped in the bottom bracket or on the rear dropouts (?). Remove the bottom bracket and see if you have any moisture draining from the tubes.

I'd never spray the frame like that ... wiping with a wet cloth is about as far as I'd go with washing it.
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Old 04-15-03, 08:46 PM   #3
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I've never had any trouble w/washing mine. The trouble came the one time I threw it in the dryer and the dang thing shrunk! Oh man....a faux pas (sp?) I'd like to forget!!!
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Oui, c'est "faux pas".
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I regularly spray the frame of my bikes, and the drive train, with a hose and then lube up the chain as a quickie clean up job.

As long as you don't aim hose pressure right at the various axles no harm is done.
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