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Old 03-01-05, 02:52 PM
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Proper clean up after wet ride

i know this has probably been discussed before, but after you bike has gotten wet, say from riding in the rain/snow, what is the proper procedure for when u get home? Should you dry it by hand and lube, lube, or just nothing at all? I was never quite sure on the proper procedure. Thx guys
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i dont even bother drying off the stuff, well i also have an aluminum frame so rust on not a concern. But one thing i always do is run a thicker oil lube over the chain afterards, so that it will displace the water.
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I wipe it down by hand and then lube the typical areas- chain, derailleur pivots, brake pivots, and cables where they enter & leave housings and guides.
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beater fixie = 0 maintenance
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Amen to that. After all if it aint fixed.....
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the proper procedure is the one you devise for yourself. there IS a formula, but I don't recall the specifics.

variables include:
value of bike
age of bike
your motivation level (possibly modified by alcohol content)
time of day
likely interval between 'now' and next ride likely to soil the bike
tools/lubricants on hand
level of dirtiness/wetness of bike
level of analness of owner/operator

For me, coming home from pool league late at night with a half dozen pints in me, the bike is lucky to get anything more than hanging on the rack. Though one particularly messy time I did spray some handy wd-40 on the drivetrain and bottom bracket. Meant to hit the hubs last monday night, but in the beer-fuzz totally forgot by the time I got home.
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After a wet ride is when I'm willing to let WD-40 near the bike, though still not near anything that's got grease in it (hubs, bb).

Typically, I'll

- spray the chain lightly, wipe it down well with a rag, then relube it (with proper lube)
- spray the pivot points on the front and rear der's and the jockey pulleys
- (if it was really bad) use my cable oiler and purge the water from the housings (with the WD), followed by a relube (usually with Triflow)
- spray the brake pivots
- spray the cranks and pedals lightly
- generally wipe the bike down

That's about it...
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