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Old 05-24-08, 04:15 PM   #1
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Muddy trail ride

After a muddy day on the trail, I came home and rinsed my bike. The chain amd de railler was entirley caked up with mud. I went to the parts store to purchase chain lube (waterproof). What do you do after a muddy trail?
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Old 05-24-08, 04:58 PM   #2
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I just got back from a rainy, muddy/wet ride too. I parked the bike in the garage, changed my clothes and I''m about to drink a beer and chill.
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I just got back from a rainy, muddy/wet ride too. I parked the bike in the garage, changed my clothes and I''m about to drink a beer and chill.
lol. That's my usual routine too.
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Old 05-24-08, 05:23 PM   #4
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Quick spray down of the bike, pack it in and clean myself off.
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I used to wash my bike like after every ride...

I gave up.
its a mountian bike, its sexier when dirty.
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Old 05-24-08, 07:23 PM   #6
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I hose mine down to remove the big chunks and anything the hose can remove. I try not to direct high pressure water into any bearing areas but frankly it's nearly impossible to prevent it 100%. I then use bristle brushes and soapy water (usually use liquid diswashing detergent) to remove grime the hose wouldn't remove paying special attention to the chainring and cassette. I also do apply high pressure water to the chain as I rotate it through several complete revolutions of the chain. To do the chain cleaning part I point the nozzle down into the top of the chain along the bottom run so the gunk just hits the ground not me or the car or the house etc. I then rinse the soaped bike with a light fine spray then completely wipe the bike down with clean absorbant rags. Once that drying is done I supplement that with a compressed air blow-out of hard to reach parts such as the derailers, brakes, and any other little places for water to lurk including the chain. It finishes air-drying while I clean up since many of my muddy rides leave me as caked up as the bike was. To finish up I oil the chain and I'm ready for the next muddy ride. Sorry guys I've got too much invested in my bike to let it go. It's got to last me a good while yet.
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