New posts

Do you hose your bike?

Sept. 24, 2015, 5:09 p.m.
Posts: 49
Joined: April 6, 2015

A friend of mine who used to work in a bike shop once recommended against using a hose to get rid of mud, as water can get into seals and bearings. Instead he suggested to let it dry and use brushes and rags to clean the bike. I've always followed his advice.

Another buddy doesn't clean his ride at all, he says it'll get dirty on the next ride anyways :)

What method do you guys use to clean your rides, and how often? Has anybody experienced any issues after washing with a garden hose?

Sept. 24, 2015, 5:19 p.m.
Posts: 14467
Joined: Nov. 20, 2002

mostly leave it dirty sometimes brush off the dryed dirt

Sept. 24, 2015, 5:52 p.m.
Posts: 1938
Joined: May 23, 2006

I use a concentrated stream from the garden hose to de-mud the tyres and mud build up on the frame, mindful to not directly direct the stream of h2O on the pivots, hubs or drivetrain.

ffs it's just a bicycle, not a Rembrandt.

“I really have had enough of illogical detraction by association as a way of avoiding logical argument by an absurd extension of ad hominem argument to third parties.”

Sept. 24, 2015, 5:57 p.m.
Posts: 333
Joined: Dec. 21, 2008

Washing down your bike will definitely reduce the service life of the bushings/bearings on your bike, no matter how careful you are . I just let the dirt and mud dry and then brush it off.

Sept. 24, 2015, 6:08 p.m.
Posts: 960
Joined: Feb. 28, 2014

I always wash it. It doesn't matter if it gets past bearing shields (as it will) because that shit you're suppose to regularly maintain anyway. I'm almost two years on my Xprezo and it rides like new.

Sept. 24, 2015, 6:34 p.m.
Posts: 3874
Joined: Sept. 23, 2005

getting the bike wet enough to saturate caked mud is fine. Getting your bike a little wet while washing it doesnt hurt it as much as riding it in the rain with seals moving and allowing for more water to enter.

Even if you arent technical enough to do your own maintenance or adjustments, at least washing your bike allows you to find dangerous cracks or compromises in your ride. A cracked head tube, seatstay, a partially severed brake hose, frayed derailleur cable, worn brake pads, cracked derailleur pulleys, ect.

thinkin bout bikes

Sept. 24, 2015, 7:37 p.m.
Posts: 4709
Joined: July 9, 2004

I don't wash it all the time but I certainly like to give it a cleaning every few rides or after a real dirty one.

Nothing worse than working on a filthy bike, best way to get grit in a thread or bearing and have a ghost creak.

Sept. 24, 2015, 8:36 p.m.
Posts: 623
Joined: Sept. 7, 2011

I use a concentrated stream from the garden hose to de-mud the tyres and mud build up on the frame, mindful to not directly direct the stream of h2O on the pivots, hubs or drivetrain.

ffs it's just a bicycle, not a Rembrandt.

yup what he said

Sept. 24, 2015, 8:38 p.m.
Posts: 2306
Joined: Sept. 5, 2012

i have a shower head nozzle i use to rinse of the heavy stuff and soak the bike down , then it,s a bucket and assortment of brushes , then a rinse down and wipe dry . only do a full wash down every couple months or every race

#northsidetrailbuilders

Sept. 24, 2015, 9:52 p.m.
Posts: 889
Joined: June 26, 2012

I try not to hose down the bike unless it's absolutely filthy. Even at that, I usually let it dry and brush the dirt off.

On my current bike, the rear end will creak if I wash it too often, remedied by removing and re-greasing the pivot hardware.

On a past bike, water from washing ended up getting past the headset top cup and sitting in the headtube above the bottom cup, causing the lower bearing to corrode and seize.

Sept. 25, 2015, 7:40 a.m.
Posts: 8256
Joined: Nov. 21, 2002

I never wash mine

WTB Frequency i23 rim, 650b NEW - $40

Sept. 25, 2015, 7:48 a.m.
Posts: 0
Joined: May 31, 2008

I usually just wipe down stanchions and chain.

Sept. 25, 2015, 8:41 a.m.
Posts: 488
Joined: Jan. 31, 2005

I have to roll mine through the common areas in my building so it can't be totally filthy. Otherwise I would just let it dry and then brush it off.

I use a hose with just enough pressure to get the worst of it off. Typically it doesn't look all that great once it's dry but it's not covered in cakey mud leaving a trail of debris, and that's enough.

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

Sept. 25, 2015, 8:57 a.m.
Posts: 0
Joined: April 8, 2011

My bikes are sexy, they come in the shower with me

Sept. 25, 2015, 9:34 a.m.
Posts: 2120
Joined: Nov. 6, 2005

Hose away… your bike will be fine and easier to maintain when clean.

Forum jump: