Quick Tip #4

I don’t know how many of you are like me, but if the roads are clear, the sun is out, and the wind isn’t ridiculous, I will ride my bike. I don’t care how cold it is. I have the necessary gear to keep me warm. There is a problem with this however. The runoff from melting ice and snow is terrible for your bike. It doesn’t matter if you have a titanium, carbon, aluminum, steel, chromoly, bamboo, or whatever new exotic material, the slurry of water, dirt, oil, and salt is highly damaging. So, after your ride you need to do some immediate TLC on your bike. If it’s freezing out, you probably don’t want to turn on the hose and wash it down, besides, it’ll just get dirty again the next ride. Instead, have a rag ready to wipe down the frame, handlebars, cranks, wheels, seat, seat post, stem, etc. when you get back. After you wipe the bike down, spray down the cassette, derailleurs, chain, hubs, cranks, pedals, and headset with a light coat of a degreaser/lubrication spray. Then, use that same rag to wipe off the excess grease. The bike and rag are now prepped for the next ride. 

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