All I know is when I wash it I pull the seat post out and sit it upside down for a bit because water can get trapped near the BB and start some problems, especially on steel bikes.
because they are idiots, you dont want to force water into bearings or cable housings, other than that there is nothing wrong with washing a bike anymore than there is anything wrong with washiing a car or motorcycle. Did you ever hear of anyone saying dont wash your car? or dont wash your motorcycle? of course not. They have bearings too and if you wipe off your paint with a dry rag without rinsing off the dirt first you will scratch the paint. This is a myth perpetrated by people who dont know anything . Use common sense, no pressure washers, remember virtually all manufacturers recommend washingGT554 said:This year it's been raining every day here in the northeast(I'm serious, it does) it's either ride mud or don't ride at all.
Some guys I know are dead set against washing thier bikes & basically just wipe them down every once in a while. After these muds rides I've been hosing my bike down(being careful in the areas I should be and never using a pressure washer), a little Simple Green, air hose, a wipe down & lube it up.
The bike always feels great the next time out & I never once damaged a bike from washing it. So what's the deal, why are so many people against doing it?
no, its not,thefuzzbl said:yes its bad. i work in a shop and i deal with hosers every day. you can be as careful as you want, it will catch up with you. just use a rag.
I've washed my bikes since I was a kid and have never had water in the frame from washing, from leaving it outside in the rain yes, from falling during a water crossing yes, but never from washingchumbox said:All I know is when I wash it I pull the seat post out and sit it upside down for a bit because water can get trapped near the BB and start some problems, especially on steel bikes.
Mine sleep indoors as well,but when my wife turned into a mean,hateful degrading witch a couple years ago (hmmm...about the time I came home to work local jobs instead of being gone all the time over the road),I realised I was getting crap whether they were clean or not,so I stopped giving a turd what she said about it....Silentfoe said:...Mine stays inside and must be spotless or the wife will kill me...
Even with cleaning the chain and cassette once or twice a week, I'll probably go through 6-8 chains this year.Zoke2 said:I rarely clean my bikes because I replace the chain and cables once a year. I understand why people who keep their bikes in their house have to clean the bike but my bikes look better covered in dirt. they are not works of art or my "baby", I built them to ride in the dirt and thats what they do best