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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2008, 09:54:21 pm »
Sean Kelly's KAS pro team mechanics used to pressure wash the bikes every day (they were Mavic equipped Vitus bikes)

BUT - they then stripped, re-greased and re-fitted the brackets, headsets etc.

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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2008, 10:02:07 pm »
Charlotte, I use one of these connected to the garden hose, and running (I'm embarrassed to say ) hot water through it for my two wheeled babies.

That's what I'd use if I didn't have a perfectly good bucket and sponge.  And dirty, dirty bikes. 

Hose good, spray of clean water good, but high-pressure bad.
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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2008, 10:25:24 am »
What is this strange concept you Dirt people call "washing your bike"?  It just gets dirty again the next time you ride it.
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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2008, 10:30:09 am »
I may be a dirty girl, but I like to keep my bikes clean  :D

Cheers for all the advice, chaps.  I don't think I shall be buying a pressure washer any time soon.  Bucket, sponge, and washing up brushes are clearly the way forward.
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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2008, 10:32:32 am »
And so much more versatile...
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Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2008, 10:32:58 am »
A friend (no, not me!) snapped off their Cateye Cheese-Metal(TM) light brackets with a jet from a pressure washer.

Are you sure it wasn't gravity that snapped it?

LEE

Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2008, 01:26:02 pm »
I pressure-washed my Thorn Raven and turned a 15 minute job into a 2 hour job.

I made the mistake of letting the water-jet stray onto the chain.

In the blink of an eye it transferred dirty lubricant from the chain onto most of the rear wheel and rear stays.  A real mess and a pain to clean off.

Back to Soapy Water and a Car Wheel/Spoke brush for me.

Re: Pressure washing your bike
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2008, 01:33:15 pm »
I'm a compulsive bike-cleaner* and wouldn't dream of pressure-washing it.

* Some bits of my bike have the paint worn away with too much polishing  :-[
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