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I was wondering the proper way to clean your bike of dirt and grime if washing it with a water hose is not "proper". I was wondering if it will start rust and I've even heard of people riding in rain and getting water in their forks. I'm not too sure how to take care of my new bike...:madman:
 

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You can hose your bike down, just don't use a high-pressure washer...that blows out grease seals, and gets water in sensitive places. Rain is fine. Mud is fine. Garden hose is fine. If someone is getting water in their forks, it's because their seals are shot, not because it's raining.

After you wash away most of the mud and grit, wipe the bike down with a clean (or sort-of clean) rag to remove excess moisture. Make sure your chain is cleaned, dried, and re-lubed each time you douse your bike.
 

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Thanks!

Thanks, Mr. Mook. I know it was a silly question so thanks for taking your time to answer it for me.:thumbsup:
 

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You might also want to pick up some degreaser to use on the derailleurs, cassette, anywhere to break down some of the grit(minus fork although i don't think it would harm it) I like pedro's bio cleaner. I spray it on maybe work it around with an old tooth brush unless you have something better to use and then rinse. Always wipe the fork off too with a clean rag when you are finished riding just try not to push dirt down past the seal. Also if you have some rust build up on the cassette from a wet chain that pedros will take it right off if you remove the rear wheel and scrub with the brush. Anyways its pretty simple just make sure its dry when you store it or you'll have some rust.
 
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