Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-02-06, 05:47 PM   #1
tom987987
Colonel
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
HELP! My dad just washed my bike with a hose!

This is the worst method to wash a bike and now I'm worried my bike (aluminum) will be damaged. What should I do to prevent any damages? I'm drying the bike and lubing the chain right now, but I'm worried the bearings and other stuff might be damaged. What should I do??? Thanks!
tom987987 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 05:50 PM   #2
Pheard
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: South City, Ca
Bikes:
Posts: 3,348
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dry it off
Pheard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 05:50 PM   #3
Jason222
Banned.
 
Jason222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Moncton NB
Bikes: Trek Jack...trials bike soon.
Posts: 2,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It won't hurt your frame. Although, hubs, bb, and headset may be affected by it.
Jason222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 05:55 PM   #4
Chone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 680
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You are a bit too paranoic... first of all aluminum doesn't corrode because of passivation (in other words its protected from rust like paint protects steel frames, aluminum has its own "built-in" protection) so don't worry about that, the chain will not rust because of a little water (I mean you do ride in rain and mud right?) and while water is bad for forks, one time of hosing down isn't going to ruin your fork, it may feel mushy at first but it will not be permanent, I seriously doubt any bearings received any damage, the rest of your bike should be good.

Don't do anything, lay the bike in the sun and let it dry normally, wipe out the stanchions if they are still wet when you are going to ride.
Chone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 05:58 PM   #5
tom987987
Colonel
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 84
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay thanks all. But the only thing is...it was a high pressure hose.
tom987987 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:00 PM   #6
mlh122
Senior Member
 
mlh122's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: NW
Bikes: Trek 4500
Posts: 881
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
should be fine if he just showered the bike, thats what i do, shower bike, scrub parts that are still dirty, dry off, lube... however if he used the jet stream function and pointed it right at your hubs/axels/fork it could have hurt it i think
mlh122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:01 PM   #7
Jason222
Banned.
 
Jason222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Moncton NB
Bikes: Trek Jack...trials bike soon.
Posts: 2,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I and friends use a pressure hose for washing our bikes, but we just make sure to keep it away from the bb.
Jason222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:05 PM   #8
Forced
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wash my bike with the hose. I use car soap. I use compressed air to get any water out of all the cranks and anywhere it can sit. then I towel dry off. I wax my frame with spray wax and it helps keep the dirt off during rides.

Our bikes are designed for outdoor conditions. I have road in the rain for hours and have had no problems. If you maintain your bike correctly, it will be fine.

Dan
Forced is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:05 PM   #9
cyclezealot
Senior Member
 
cyclezealot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Fallbrook,Calif./Palau del Vidre, France
Bikes: Klein QP, Fuji touring, Surly Cross Check, BCH City bike
Posts: 13,166
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 115 Post(s)
Mechanic once told me all the moving parts are effectively sealed? I wash my aluminum bike with a hose, just don't use high pressure. When in a hurry ever use baby wipes.
I think enough of my Klein to give it the very best. It's paint job is every bit as tender as a baby's arse.
cyclezealot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:05 PM   #10
Eatadonut
You know you want to.
 
Eatadonut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Bikes: Pinarello Prince, 1980's 531 steel fixie commuter, FrankenMTB
Posts: 1,896
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, I'd keep the pressure hose away unless you plan on repacking all your bearings, but I use a garden hose to clean my mtb.

If you know how to rebuild your bb, i'd do that. Otherwise, learn. Or, barring that, ride it and see if anything is squeaking.
__________________
Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.
Eatadonut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:16 PM   #11
Chone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 680
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh come on, I'll support the theory that high pressure water damages bearings... but have ANY of you every damaged a bearing from spraying your bike with a pressured hose? Do pressured hoses even have enough pressure for water to penetrate into the bearings and even then do you point your hose STRAIGHT at the bearings and maintain the hosing for a long amount of time? I mean seriously, I hose down my bikes all the time, even my precious Rockhopper and the only bearing that has failed on me is my Azonic Fusion bearing but that was only because I made the pedal spin insanely fast with compressed air (it was an accident) but a little grease made the pedal spin like a charm again, I mean, even if you use the "jet" stream hoses, if you do it from a distance and don't point at sensitive bearings I doubt anything is going to happen... bikes are supposed to get down and dirty anyways.

The fork is the only thing I'd even think about worrying about... forks are very sensitive and water is bad for forks but even so spraying your fork with high pressure water ONE time will definetely not damage it and even so forks will still take the punishment, you guys forget this is MOUNTAIN bikes we are talking about and I don't know which mountains you are riding but the ones around here have tons of mud, water, dirt, grass, bugs, leaves, poop, etc...
Chone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:23 PM   #12
2manybikes
Dog is my co-pilot
 
2manybikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Bikes: 2 many
Posts: 15,622
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
Tell dad he ruined your bike, all the bearings are ruined.. Then tell him to get you a new bike.
2manybikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 06:36 PM   #13
j944
Senior Member
 
j944's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Redondo Beach, WA
Bikes: Look 555, Yeti 575, BMC Trailfox II
Posts: 142
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Do you carry it over puddles or not ride on wet surfaces? Its a mountain bike and made for such conditions.
j944 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 08:25 PM   #14
mx_599
Lost in the Black Hills
 
mx_599's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,725
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tom987987
This is the worst method to wash a bike and now I'm worried my bike (aluminum) will be damaged. What should I do to prevent any damages? I'm drying the bike and lubing the chain right now, but I'm worried the bearings and other stuff might be damaged. What should I do??? Thanks!
which pressure washer do you and your dad like to use on your bikes?

i like Karcher:

mx_599 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-06, 08:34 PM   #15
Portis
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
Posts: 6,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What are you supposed to do to wash it? Pee on it? I always use a hose. I just be careful around bearings. No big deal. Go apologize to your dad, at least he washed your damned bike.
Portis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 01:01 AM   #16
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I dont like the idea of washing the bike straight with a hose, but thats just me. I just hook the bike up, using car soap and a bucket of water and a big 'washing sponge' wipe over the frame, fork. I use tonnes of degreaser on any of the drivetrain parts along with a screwdriver that scrapes that crap out off the jocket wheels. I dismount wheels from bike, hose down the tyres/rims, then wipe dry and clean the discs with Metho.

Just be sure that you dry all the water up, wipe it clean afterwards!
blue_neon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 01:20 AM   #17
gm1230126
barnfullagts
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: WI
Bikes: GT BI Ti/BI Steel - Edge Ti and Steel Xizang Ti and Psyclone Steel
Posts: 620
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by tom987987
This is the worst method to wash a bike and now I'm worried my bike (aluminum) will be damaged. What should I do to prevent any damages? I'm drying the bike and lubing the chain right now, but I'm worried the bearings and other stuff might be damaged. What should I do??? Thanks!
Your dads a smart guy. Maybe the son should report back to us in a week and see if he dries his bike and keeps his ride adequately lubed.
gm1230126 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 05:57 AM   #18
apclassic9
Caustic Soccer Mom
 
apclassic9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Millstone WV
Bikes:
Posts: 1,760
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My son like to use that Teflon Bath & Tub cleaner on his bike to keep it shiny & shed mud. (and he also uses a hose - not hi-pressure, though. He generally removes his wheels before giving his bike a thourough wash)
apclassic9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 11:02 AM   #19
sarsparilla
Senior Member
 
sarsparilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Worcester, Mass
Bikes: Giant Anthem, Giant TCR 2
Posts: 306
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use a high pressure hose with a nozzle that fans the water out so it's not a straight stream. I wake my wheels off and am careful around the fork, rear shock, and bottom bracket. To dry it off I use an air compressor and then go over it with a towel to get any dirt that is still stuck on. It works great as long as you get everything good and dry. Then I lube it up.
sarsparilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 11:13 AM   #20
Riles
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
After one mud bath race when bike was caked in gritty mud - I used a wide spray pressure hose - I was carefull not to get it to close to any sealed areas and stood well back - seems to be OK.

I was able to drive into the garage with bike still on the car rack - hose it and then dry and lube at home - saved at least 45 min's and when your tired & hungry after riding that's a lot - I knew the risks, but couldn't face cleaning it and couldn't leave it like that either...
Riles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 11:20 AM   #21
Portis
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
Posts: 6,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by blue_neon
I use tonnes of degreaser on any of the drivetrain parts along with a screwdriver that scrapes that crap out off the jocket wheels.
6 ounces of degreaser is more hazardous than 6,000 gallons of hose sprayed water. I quit using degreaser on the bike a long time ago. It used to always find it's way into the bearing grease.
Portis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-06, 11:39 PM   #22
blue_neon
Elite Rep
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Melbourne - Australia
Bikes:
Posts: 2,096
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well i'm sorry to say Portis, for cleaning my bike chain, deraillure, chain rings and cassettes water just dosn't cut it . I have been using degreaser for years and no problems. Spray it in the correct area and there is nothing to worry about.
blue_neon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-06, 12:15 PM   #23
MudSplattered
I'll ride for free
 
MudSplattered's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Alaska
Bikes: Cannondale MTB, K2 Road bike
Posts: 209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Take your seat off and turn the bike upside down if it doesn't have a drain hole in the bottom. My Santa Cruz Juliana doesn't have a drain hole and water gets inside, which can occasionally cause problems with seatposts corroding inside. Let it dry out, grease the seatpost, reinsert and you should be good to go.

My son's 1st bike had springs in the fork, SOMEHOW water got in, even though we thought we were being careful, and the springs started to rust.
MudSplattered is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:57 AM.