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Old 09-24-15, 06:18 AM
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Congrats on the new bike. Gravel riding is fun.

Dabac's advice is all good. I usually just spray on some Pedro's Fizz cleaner and wipe down the bike to clear off the dust. Last evening some kids took my bike through some mud pits, and I did then run some hose water over the gearing and front derailleur to clear out the mud.

Sometimes I floss the gears. And I clean my chain not by spraying, but by wiping with a clean and dry rag. I try to avoid overspray on my brake pads, though honestly it's never been a problem and I don't obsess if a little bit of cleaner hits them. (Except disk brake pads. Those I obsess about).

Keep the chain lubed on a regular basis. Do you have any friends who ride? Any experienced rider should be able to show you how they lube their chain. There are really only a couple of techniques, and which to use depends upon the style of lube.

And did I mention that gravel riding is fun?
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