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Old 02-11-08, 07:46 PM
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Stupid question.

If you don't clean your bike after being on the trails and getting it all muddy, can it affect my bike on the long run? OR whats the worst thing that can happen?
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Old 02-11-08, 07:51 PM
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Clean the mud off of the drive-train and anything that has moving parts. However, if you do that you might as well just clean the whole bike.

Remember to re-lube any parts that you've washed the lube off of.
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Old 02-11-08, 07:53 PM
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Only stupid question is a question un-asked.
Clean the deraillures and brakes, and the drive train.
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Old 02-11-08, 09:01 PM
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So if I dont they will affect the future performance? I am talking about not washing the bike for maybe 2 or 3 days. (when it gets muddy) So dont get confused, What am really asking is if I dont clean my bike like the very same day it got muddy will it affect future performance? Ofcourse I will wash it later.

Is washing a bike with that specialized soap or whatever really worth it? What are the advantages of that?

What am really asking in short words: What is the difference between car soap and bike soap?
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Old 02-11-08, 09:02 PM
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Best bet would be to at least rinse the derailures off and stuff like that, Mud can sometime mess them up.
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Old 02-11-08, 09:06 PM
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So if I dont they will affect the future performance? I am talking about not washing the bike for maybe 2 or 3 days. (when it gets muddy) So dont get confused, What am really asking is if I dont clean my bike like the very same day it got muddy will it affect future performance? Ofcourse I will wash it later.
Sometimes I'll get lazy and leave my MTB on the rack in the bed of my truck for a day or two and I'll end up with a coating of rust I have to then clean off. Then again your milage may very depending on the soil and weather conditions where you live.

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Is washing a bike with that specialized soap or whatever really worth it? What are the advantages of that?

What am really asking in short words: What is the difference between car soap and bike soap?
I take my parts into the shower with me and use people liquid soap. Works friggan wonders, kills two birds with one stone, is dirt cheap, and leaves a nice ring in the tub.
 
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Old 02-11-08, 09:06 PM
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Mine gets cleaned when it gets work done at the LBS. It's been fine.
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Old 02-11-08, 09:44 PM
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What am really asking in short words: What is the difference between car soap and bike soap?
very little practical difference for many. there should be little harm in using the cheapest detergents on the frame/shock/wheels/fork. so long as you do eventually clean out the drivetrain before you ride it, you can leave it unwashed for weeks on end.
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Old 02-12-08, 01:50 AM
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Mine gets cleaned when it gets work done at the LBS. It's been fine.
I was the same.
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I ride mine through the automatic carwash. It lets me take my monthly shower and also leaves that sqeaky clean feeling to my brakes.
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I was the same.
What changed you?
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What changed you?
My bike getting stolen.
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