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Old 11-08-21, 10:59 AM
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A bucket, sponge, soap, and of course, a hose.
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Old 11-08-21, 11:09 AM
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Soap and water.

Novel and unexpected, I know. But then, I didn't go to a forum to ask how... I just sort of made it up on my own.
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Old 11-08-21, 11:30 AM
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One of those industrial washers at the laundromat works great. No starches or bleach.
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Old 11-08-21, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese View Post
I only wash my bikes with soap and water about once a year, or if they get particularly muddy. But if you're fighting salt, that's a different story. Whoever told you not to use a hose was wrong. Like others have said, just use common sense with high-pressure water. When I was touring, every few days I'd visit a carwash and hose her down - no harm done. It actually doesn't require a lot of pressure to clean a bike anyway.

I like the tire foam idea - I'll have to give that a try.
This is my "high" pressure water source when I am touring.
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Old 11-08-21, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
There’s a reason you don’t use fenders on a mountain bike. Just sayin’.
You haven't seen these and the dozens of others like this? They're extremely popular these days. Just sayin'.

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Old 11-08-21, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
This is my "high" pressure water source when I am touring.
Heh. I had to do that in an emergency after I sank spoke-deep into some camouflaged Montana mud, causing it to splatter all over the bike. Fortunately, I had a CamelBak for drinking water and was not far from a decent sized town. Found a car wash and sprayed off the stuff that was too thick for the water bottle to handle.
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Old 11-08-21, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
You haven't seen these and the dozens of others like this? They're extremely popular these days. Just sayin'.


Yep. Seen them. I think they are as dumb as a bag of rocks. Just sayin’

Even a little bit of mud is going to pack into them and stop the wheel dead. If I feel the need to use fenders on a mountain bike, I get the fender as far away from the wheel as possible.


But, generally, I avoid fenders on mountain bikes as much as possible. Not that much of a fan of them on a road bike either.
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Old 11-08-21, 12:09 PM
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I like the leaf blower idea. Makes it dual purpose, too!
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Old 11-08-21, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Yep. Seen them. I think they are as dumb as a bag of rocks. Just sayin’

Even a little bit of mud is going to pack into them and stop the wheel dead. If I feel the need to use fenders on a mountain bike, I get the fender as far away from the wheel as possible.


But, generally, I avoid fenders on mountain bikes as much as possible. Not that much of a fan of them on a road bike either.
Uhmmm no. Tell me, how close is that rear fender on your 'mountain bike'?
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Old 11-08-21, 03:04 PM
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I don't "wash" my bike but I do wipe it down with a damp cloth now and then. I also follow behind with a dry towel.

I'm kinda old school in that I believe that water and bikes don't mix too well. Yeah, I know, most parts now are aluminum and don't rust. The only time I would take water to a bike is my mountain bike when it gets muddy, but even then, I don't hose it down, I spot rinse and wipe. None of my steel bikes are rusted, even the old ones, nor have I encountered a stuck seat post.
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Originally Posted by drlogik View Post
I don't "wash" my bike but I do wipe it down with a damp cloth now and then. I also follow behind with a dry towel.

I'm kinda old school in that I believe that water and bikes don't mix too well. Yeah, I know, most parts now are aluminum and don't rust. The only time I would take water to a bike is my mountain bike when it gets muddy, but even then, I don't hose it down, I spot rinse and wipe. None of my steel bikes are rusted, even the old ones, nor have I encountered a stuck seat post.
No, aluminum doesn't rust but it certainly corrodes. Bikes are absolutely fine getting washed. The more soap the better. A clean bike will last longer than a dirty bike. As a team mechanic I've done hundreds if not thousands of bike washes. No reason to only do a half ass job w/ a damp cloth.
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Old 11-08-21, 07:57 PM
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I don't wash my bikes. I just wipe them with a rag. ..During winter I use a spray bottle to rinse salt out of disc brake calipers but I never wash the whole bike.
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Uhmmm no. Tell me, how close is that rear fender on your 'mountain bike'?
The rear fender is further away from the wheel than it looks and certainly further away from the wheel than a conventional fender would be. It’s also much, much further away from the wheel then those stupid bikini fenders that people use on the fork. I only use fenders in the winter and would never use one during the summer in an off-road situation.

And why did you put mountain bike in quotes? That is a mountain bike that gets ridden off-road in mountains. It has never had smooth tires installed for any riding I do on it.
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Old 11-08-21, 10:37 PM
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Stewart...that rear fender of yours is easily as close as most fork mounted fenders. Which are used by thousands and thousands of riders with zero problems. Of course you only use them in the winter...when it's wet. For me your bike is more a collection of every imaginable add-on and extra than a mountain bike.
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