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    dirty bike

    Why is it that my conversion gets 3x dirtier than my road bike? While I ride my conversion everyday (commuting) I usually ride my nice bike the same distance on the weekends, so I don't think it is a usage thing.
    I would think that with less stuff to spread grease and grime and whatnot, my fixed would be cleaner, but the chain and rear wheel get disgustingly filthy in a rather short period of time.
    It's only the rear wheel, though. The front wheel (even with a brake) stays nice and shiny.
    ????????????

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    you live in flordia, how dirty can it get..

    well that beach air is really salty. messed up my bike last time i was down near the beach.

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    Mine get dirty at the same rate as far as I can tell..but my conversion is white, while my road bike is black, so the conversion looks dirtier. However, I tend to clean my conversion more often, because its easier to wipe it down without the derailers and other gizmos on there. So its really just a perception thing.

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    It's not the number of miles, but the number of hours. That commuter is out there every day. It makes sense to me that if you ride one bike 10 miles a day 5 days a week that it would get dirtier than the one you ride 50 miles, but only twice a week. Especially if you wipe both down once a week.

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    Also, where do you ride each bike? I noticed the same thing, then I realized that the fix gets ridden on car roads a lot more than the roadie, so it picks up more oily, sticky road grime.
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