Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Monterey, CA
Bikes: Stumpjumper FSR 30th Anniversary
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I agree, but that clean bike will work so much better while getting it filthy again. On my ride last Thursday (when I got passed by that pro I told y'all about) the bike got disgusting. I took a few hours on Friday and thoroughly cleaned it to the point of removing pedals, cranks, chainrings, cassette, BB, shock, and rear derailleur pulleys and throughly cleaning/relubing everything. The next morning (while covering the bike in the goo shown in the first pic) everything just worked so well - don't know how to describe it - everything just worked better, so I repeated after getting all the crap all over it on Sat.
I don't advocate taking the hours required to undertake this thorough of a cleaning after every ride, but I keep the drivetrain pretty clean at a minimum and will clean the rotors with alcohol before most rides.
BTW - grit and sand (lots of that around here) make stuff wear out much faster, so since I'd prefer it to last, I keep stuff pretty clean unless it's being used at that moment, then it can get as dirty as it can - until I clean it after.
Last edited by mtb-chop; 04-10-06 at 10:09 AM.