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Old 06-22-09, 10:09 AM
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You're right. This topic HAS been beaten to death.

In fact, the particular issue of car wash/pressure washer has been beaten to death.

I'll try to summarize my take: there is risk -- as you say -- if you get HP water near anything greased. If you're very careful, however, and do NOT do that -- you should be fine.

In crappy weather, though, I simply clean/degrease my chain, after every ride, using WD-40 (with a wadded up rag behind the chain) and the 'straw' attached to the nozzle. A good hosing down with WD, followed by a rag wipe/dry-off, followed by liberal application of my home-brew lube, and Bob's yer' uncle....

If the above doesn't seem to be enough, then -- if it were me -- I probably wouldn't do anything more. I'd simply replace my chain more frequently during the rainy season.
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