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    High pressure compressed air... yay or nay?

    Would dusting my bike off with compressed air cause any damage to any parts or whatever? I´m asking cause whenever I clean my bike I use extremely low pressure water (mist water lol) then dry the bike and dust off the remaining dust with an air compressor (60 to 100psi I think).

    Should I not do that or is it fine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chone
    Would dusting my bike off with compressed air cause any damage to any parts or whatever? I´m asking cause whenever I clean my bike I use extremely low pressure water (mist water lol) then dry the bike and dust off the remaining dust with an air compressor (60 to 100psi I think).

    Should I not do that or is it fine?
    it should be fine.. the only problem would be around seals (hubs), you might blow them hard enough to become unseated, exposing bearings to water...

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    good stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    good stuff
    fo shizzle.

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    Air compressors are great for drying bikes.

    Leaf blowers work in a pinch.

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    Try not to mist around the stanchions or seals of your fork. Don't let water get in there, it ruins forks. Cover them with a paper towel or something. Remember to lube your fork up with some grease or oil once in a while, it takes the deep dirt out of the seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason222
    Try not to mist around the stanchions or seals of your fork. Don't let water get in there, it ruins forks. Cover them with a paper towel or something. Remember to lube your fork up with some grease or oil once in a while, it takes the deep dirt out of the seals.
    Will just misting be bad enough to ruin it? It seems hard to believe that it'd be any worse than riding in rain or even getting the bike dirty in general for that matter. Maybe it is bad, just isn't very intuitive.

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    All forms of water are bad for forks. Most people don't understand how much of a huge difference on the life expectancy of a fork is altered when they don't clean their seals. The seals can only keep so much crap out.

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    Not to say getting water on the seals once will ruin the fork, just try to keep it from happening.

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    these are even better than a leaf blower!


    F the seals!!

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    I've recently bought an air compressor. They are very handy and so good to have. I cranked it up the other day and i blew off all the chunky bits of dry mud. Also pumped up my tires... took like 3 seconds

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    Yep a air compresser is a corner stone in any "handy mans" garage.

    I probably wouldnt really use it for drying a bike so much as a multitude of diffrent air tools like an air ratchet, or a air saw.

    Great for inflating tires too of course, but bike tires are not as bad as car tires with a manual pump (and I have had to do that before...)

    Might as well also recomend a dremel if your a craftsman or a handyman I use mine for computer moding, arts and crafts, and little house hold stuff, and a generator if its about to be hurricane season where you live like it is here... no power = no fun.

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