NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Quiet Water Park Huh? Never heard of it. What city is that in?
I'm over in Sarasota and I understand riding through Sand.
The best thing to do after a ride is to hose your bike off. However, DON'T spray down your bike. Just let the water flow over the bike.
After that, fill a bucket with water and a mild soap (I use Dawn dishwashing soap!) and I use a sponge to wipe down the bike! I use a brush to scrub the tires and the rims. After I've soaped it down, I rinse the soap off again by letting the water flow over the bike. (o.k. I do spray the frame and tires, but I'm careful to avoid any of the bearings - headset, bottom bracket, pedals, hubs.)
I then take an old rag in my hand, and loosely grasp the chain and backpedal the bike to remove any grit from the chain.
I wipe the bike dry with a rag towel and let it dry overnight. The next day, I'll lube the chain and all the moving parts (pivots at derailleurs, shift cables) I DO NOT lube the bearings, those only require a rebuild only a couple times a year!
Oh yeah, go buy a bike specific chain lube from a bike shop! I use White Lightning or Finish Line's Krytech. There are numerous others, Pedro's Ice Wax, Tri-Tech, GT-85.....etc. BTW, WD-40 is NOT a lubricant, it's a solvent. It's designed to break down rust and loosen stuck parts. It'll act as a lube only while it's wet. As soon as it dries, it has no lubricating properties!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger