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    Water Hose to Clean Bike ?

    After a dirty and dusty ride is it okay to hose off my bike with water ? Afterwards I dry it off with a towel and then apply chain lube and lube other areas. Will this cause rust or any other problems ?

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    Yes. Very good. No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    After a dirty and dusty ride is it okay to hose off my bike with water ? Afterwards I dry it off with a towel and then apply chain lube and lube other areas. Will this cause rust or any other problems ?
    Since you cyclocross, how do you usually clean it? Has there been any problems with the way you usually do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    Search function to find information?
    Start a new thread with something new and intriguing.
    The MTB forum is dull, slow, and redundant. You better take what you can get.
    Besides when you seen the title "Water Hose to Clean Bike ?" Did you expect something different? Were you looking for a life altering or learning experience when you clicked on this thread title, only to find a question about cleaning a bike? Did you see another very important thread on the board you didn't want bumped down in place of this silly question? F the search function!

    As for the question above. OP when you find a better way to clean a bike than with soap and water(this also goes with laundry, cars, dishes, people, etc.) then you can post a thread letting me know. Otherwise you're just kidding me, I hope.

    I use an air hose to blow the water off the chain, nooks, and crannies.FYI

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    Whoa felt.

    With a post like that, this place won't be dull, slow and redundant anymore. Why jump on junkyard? Did you consider that perhaps with a simple search that the OP can find a wealth of information and junkyard was trying to help him? Wow, that wasn't very nice.
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    Siu and Junkyard, sittin in a tree.....

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    .....Maaaakin' rannnnkin jealous-as-can-be.

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    Don't use high pressure water near bearing surfaces like the hubs, bottom bracket or head, a softer spray is fine. Wiping the water off is fine, blow down with an air hose at your own risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Whoa felt.

    With a post like that, this place won't be dull, slow and redundant anymore. Why jump on junkyard? Did you consider that perhaps with a simple search that the OP can find a wealth of information and junkyard was trying to help him? Wow, that wasn't very nice.
    I was just saying.
    It's my rest day, I'm bored, and I'm trying to instigate. I get agitated easily on days I have to take off from exercise. "It's that time of the week."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Since you cyclocross
    Where'd you jump to that conclusion? The OP started athrea din the cyclocross forum asking what cyclocross bikes were...

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    Quote Originally Posted by felt1 View Post
    I was just saying.
    It's my rest day, I'm bored, and I'm trying to instigate. I get agitated easily on days I have to take off from exercise. "It's that time of the week."
    That was you trying to instigate? I'm sorry. Come back and try again when you are intellectually old enough to sit at the grown-up table.



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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    Where'd you jump to that conclusion? The OP started athrea din the cyclocross forum asking what cyclocross bikes were...
    I guess I was thrown off by this post in the thread asking "What do you like the most about racing CX?" .

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    #1 - lots of races close to home
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    # 5 - girls. lots of hot model girl groupies who show up just to snag a cyclist. its like being a fox in a chicken coup
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunFlower View Post
    I am doing my first race this weekend. Its 35 minutes. Anyone can last that long if they ride slow, lol.
    Check to make sure your mt bike is legal for the race. Some races allow them but UCI usually doesnt.
    I guess I shouldn't have assumed this person races. My bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard View Post
    That was you trying to instigate? I'm sorry. Come back and try again when you are intellectually old enough to sit at the grown-up table.



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    Quote Originally Posted by felt1 View Post
    I use an air hose to blow the water off the chain, nooks, and crannies.FYI
    Good way to blow water into the nooks and crannies and bearings.
    "I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I guess I shouldn't have assumed this person races. My bad.
    Well, who the heck knows then. I was going off of this:

    I went to a cyclocross race in my neighboorhood over the weekend and it looked really fun. However, I noted that most of the guys were riding what looked like converted road bikes. They had road bike handle bars and road bike frames but with thin knobby tires. Only one guy was riding a traditional mountain bike.
    How come they do that ? I assume the bikes are lighter but they looked like maybe they couldnt decend or corner as well.
    I plan on entering my first race in 2 months and I was curious about the bikes. I will be using my traditional mountain bike.
    Edit: Sort of a moot point I guess. But the OP seems to show a pattern of asking a slightly lame question and geting hot and bothered when people are irked or dismissive of the lameness.

    (I know, I know, "don't click on it if you don't want to read it.")
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
    Good way to blow water into the nooks and crannies and bearings.
    Because when using a garden hose water stops before entering nooks and crannies?
    The water is already there, I use it to blow it out. We have hard water in my area, sitting water leaves residue(spots). I use it on the chain because it dries it much faster and is ready for oil. Plus I use common sense and don't blast it at 120psi. I use around 60psi (just enough to push the water out)or about the same as my garden hose. But given the weight of water it will hold it's momentum better than air down range and actually will hit with more force. As for bearings I don't take my cranks, stem, and cogs off then remove the dust covers and do this. Mainly I just blow out the chain, chain rings, stem, grips, stem, seat, wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    Well, who the heck knows then. I was going off of this:



    Edit: Sort of a moot point I guess. But the OP seems to show a pattern of asking a slightly lame question and geting hot and bothered when people are irked or dismissive of the lameness.

    (I know, I know, "don't click on it if you don't want to read it.")
    Yeah but sometimes you can't help but click it!!
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    Usually never, unless it twas a really good day (which means a mess around on the horse trails...) then it's a hosing down WITH CARE - taking care to not let the water get into the places it shouldn't.

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    Whenever I'm done with my cycling, I always spend 30 minutes washing/cleaning my bikes with water through a hose (not pressurized). I'll clean my brake rotors (Tektro) with detergent. My bike is carbon fibre, bought it 4 months ago, have been doing this for quite a while and have not been having any problems. When I'm washing my bikes, I flip them over (lay the bikes on the saddle and handlebar).
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    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    Well, who the heck knows then. I was going off of this:



    But the OP seems to show a pattern of asking a slightly lame question and geting hot and bothered when people are irked or dismissive of the lameness.
    No, I got hot and bothered when you told me about your sister. Keep the pictures coming.

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    This thread is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
    This thread is awesome!
    Yes it's starting to take shape - much like the other "hose my bike" threads.

    I always hose down the mtb. Thumb in the end for extra psi. For some reason though, my road bikes are much too delicate for that kind of treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoDude94 View Post
    Whenever I'm done with my cycling, I always spend 30 minutes washing/cleaning my bikes with water through a hose (not pressurized). I'll clean my brake rotors (Tektro) with detergent. My bike is carbon fibre, bought it 4 months ago, have been doing this for quite a while and have not been having any problems. When I'm washing my bikes, I flip them over (lay the bikes on the saddle and handlebar).
    I get wanting to keep your shiny new bike all new and shiny. But this also sounds like you're missing out on 6.5 to 7.5 hours of riding a month (assuming 4 rides a week).

    My '97 Specialized gets washed about three times a year. If it goes on an especially muddy ride I'll clean off the gunk with a low pressure hose or just water from a garden watering can. Chain gets cleaned, dried and lubed with whatever is left in my water bottle or camel back.

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