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  • Best to hose down or leave the mud to dry?

     konastinky888 updated 11 years, 4 months ago 4 Members · 6 Posts
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  • ElegantSpoon

    Member
    28 August 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Hello all 😀

    First post here! I have recently got myself a decent mountain bike and I want to keep it in top condition.

    I go out most nights after work and the bike gets coverd in mud and when I get home I give it a hose down and then wipe before putting it in the shed.

    My only concern is that I might cause it to rust by hosing it every day? Should I re oil the chain frequently as well?

    I have googled this but most guides are for when you have a year of dirt to remove and not daily cleaning.

    Thanx for anyhelp!

    Spoony! 😀

  • Dale

    Member
    29 August 2009 at 8:35 am

    I always give the bike an oil after I clean it, put a bit on the chain, bit on the forks, I sometimes even oil the frame just to give it that extra clean look but it also helps repel a bit of mud too.

  • ElegantSpoon

    Member
    29 August 2009 at 10:40 am

    Hello Dale! Thanx for the reply 🙂 I will pick up some oil today.

  • Alex.

    Member
    29 August 2009 at 10:55 am

    as dale said. hose it down. dry it. bit of WD40 or GT85 on the frame helps to repel mud. lube the chain every time. jobs a good one. if you have a full susser, wait for it to dry and brush it off. that way you dont get water in the bearings.

  • ElegantSpoon

    Member
    29 August 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve got a Cannondale Hard Tale 🙂

    I got some muckoff wet oil today and I’ve just squirted it all over the chain so that should hopefully do the job.

  • konastinky888

    Member
    29 August 2009 at 6:27 pm

    hey, cleaning it aside, if you want to protect your bike an awesome tip is to use clear sticky back plastic sheets (WhSmiths, Tesco stationary section stuff) cut to size and applied in areas of the frame that are in the line of fire from debris thrown up by the wheels. you cant see the stuff once its on (because its clear!) and its really good at protecting the paintwork from small stone chips and other potential light damage.

    heres an example for you. i actually rode through some spilt paint on the road the other day 😯 i didnt even notice it for a while (daydreaming while riding) and by the time i noticed it had sprayed white dots of paint all over my back and my bike 👿

    and although it wiped off fine (thank god) as it hadnt fully dried, the bulk of the spots were on the clear sticky sheet that i have put up the back half of the seat tube, so if i t had dried that could have been simply pulled off meaning it would have been ok.

    its good stuff 😉

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