Is this an epic of a bad idea?

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matt581
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Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby matt581 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 16:21 pm

So, my commute bike needs a wash and i had a brain wave.

Stop on the way home at the garage two minutes from home. Quick blast with there jet wash then home over the road for a lube.

I know its not great to use them on mountain bikes with suspension as it gets into the seals.

Any major reason as to not do it on a road bike?

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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby mrfpb » Mon Oct 07, 2013 17:07 pm

It can wash the grease out of wheel and bottom bracket bearing if you wash them directly with the jet washer. Should be fine on frame and wheel rims.

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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby DesWeller » Mon Oct 07, 2013 22:01 pm

Headset, wheel and bottom bracket bearings will get water ingress. The chain will need careful drying out and reoiling. And you'll probably get water in your frame as well.

It's not a great idea really. Bikes are nowhere near as weather resistant as cars.

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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby Rolf F » Tue Oct 08, 2013 09:05 am

matt581 wrote:So, my commute bike needs a wash and i had a brain wave.

Stop on the way home at the garage two minutes from home. Quick blast with there jet wash then home over the road for a lube.

I know its not great to use them on mountain bikes with suspension as it gets into the seals.

Any major reason as to not do it on a road bike?


Road bikes have seals too! :wink:
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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby t4tomo » Tue Oct 08, 2013 09:26 am

matt581 wrote:So, my commute bike needs a wash and i had a brain fail.
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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby bails87 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 14:51 pm

I've hosed and jetwashed my FS MTB plenty of times. You can do it carefully (far enough back that you're not blasting water into/grease out of anywhere) without doing any damage. I don't really see the point on a road bike though as it's a very different kind of dirt. 10 minutes with a sponge and hot soapy water is normally enough for my commuter. It's the claggy mud on the MTB that a hose is good for getting rid of.
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Re: Is this an epic of a bad idea?

Postby matt581 » Tue Oct 08, 2013 15:07 pm

The main reason was for an ease of use, i live in a flat so don't have a garden to do it in.

I basically did what as you have said bails, stood far back so as not to push the jet into any sensitive areas. The bike didn't fall apart this morning.


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