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Cold weather cleaning(3 posts)

Cold weather cleaningdbrogan
Nov 24, 2002 1:44 PM
I've decided to ride this winter, and, thus far, it's going better than I expected in terms of clothing and staying warm.

Last night, however, it snowed a bit and today the roads were wet and a little slushy. The temp was around 26 degrees F. I decided to give it a try with a short 15-mile ride.

They don't use salt in Denver, but when I got back, my bike was a icy, dirty mess.

So, what's best way to clean a bike in these conditions? Do I immediately rinse the bike? Or do I let it melt and dry in the garage, and then wash it when it's a bit warmer (like, say, above freezing)?

The hose was frozen today, so I just left it in the garage for now.

re: Cold weather cleaningseyboro
Nov 24, 2002 4:10 PM
Granted, eastern NC is not exactly the north pole, but here's what my cold weather riding buddies and I use in the garage right after the ride: Hot water in one of those "garden-poison pressure spray portable tank thingies". A fine spray cleans off everything, towel dry, air dry, lube, wipe off extra, polish ...and you're good to go. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes.
B (or Z) bikemass_biker
Nov 24, 2002 4:31 PM
Get a beater for the winter. Fenders, wider (28s or more) tires, etc. An older steel touring frame would be great (but framesave it) or one of the new breed of relatively inexpensive cross frames. Good for resistance training and not much gnashing of teeth in the foul stuff. Required pedalling here in New England.