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Old 12-09-2012, 01:37 PM   #2056
Ricardo Kuhn
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First chance of a snow ride since I build the bike (first time that snow in 3 weeks) the bike is super fun and the new Nate tires provide incredible traction with absolute control..

Even the clothes work great, I just need a "bandana" so my sweat does not freeze over my eyebrows..



Now the question is how to wash the bike since the outside hoses are frozen and using the Bathtub is a No, NO with so much mud.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:13 PM   #2057
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Now the question is how to wash the bike since the outside hoses are frozen and using the Bathtub is a No, NO with so much mud.
The local road crews, now, use calcium chloride to melt snow/ice. That crap is highly corrosive. I hope they don't use it, in your area. One of the local auto repair shops claims he's replacing one set of coil springs and multiple sets of brake/fuel lines per month. I put two sets of front springs on my daughter's '02 car, as she commutes ~80 miles a day, and they literally corroded in two. I rode my Tiger, through last year's winter. Every piece of hardware is, now, corroded. That stuff is definitely having a detrimental affect on everything metal, in our area. Probably, the best thing to do is hookup a garden hose to your hot water heater's drain and run it outside to your bike.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:20 PM   #2058
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Now the question is how to wash the bike since the outside hoses are frozen and using the Bathtub is a No, NO with so much mud.
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The local road crews, now, use calcium chloride to melt snow/ice. That crap is highly corrosive. Probably, the best thing to do is hookup a garden hose to your hot water heater's drain and run it outside to your bike.
I was going to suggest a 1L pump spray bottle with warm water. That would let you melt the ice/mud ok, and let you control where it went. I've done the hot water heater drain thing after hitting an old engine with oven cleaner - it worked well, but don't forget the oven mitts! Can't hold the hose once it's at temp!
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:08 PM   #2059
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I was going to suggest a 1L pump spray bottle with warm water. That would let you melt the ice/mud ok, and let you control where it went. I've done the hot water heater drain thing after hitting an old engine with oven cleaner - it worked well, but don't forget the oven mitts! Can't hold the hose once it's at temp!
I just used a bucket of warm water and some rags to wash the bike outside, the cold was not to bad and with the warm water I did not even notice my hands getting cold..

I have done the bathtub wash many times and is super fun and pleasant but not with so much mud, I just pre-rinse them with a hose outside.


One more reason to go with a aluminum fat bike..
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #2060
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The local road crews, now, use calcium chloride to melt snow/ice. That crap is highly corrosive. I hope they don't use it, in your area. One of the local auto repair shops claims he's replacing one set of coil springs and multiple sets of brake/fuel lines per month. I put two sets of front springs on my daughter's '02 car, as she commutes ~80 miles a day, and they literally corroded in two. I rode my Tiger, through last year's winter. Every piece of hardware is, now, corroded. That stuff is definitely having a detrimental affect on everything metal, in our area. Probably, the best thing to do is hookup a garden hose to your hot water heater's drain and run it outside to your bike.
Oh I took the pictures on the street after I finish the ride next to the car, but I don't think I will ever ride this bike on city streets (at least not when is snowing) so I don't need to worry about road chemicals just nature mud and snow..

Yes I did learn how to drive a car, but i resit for 48years.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:53 PM   #2061
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Here's a DIY solution for ya Ricky

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:08 PM   #2062
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Thanks senor..

Will see what will happen in later rides but so far the warm water did the trick perfectly, in fact no need for a second wash on the tub, I think the trick is to do right after your finish riding so the mud is not cake in..
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:09 PM   #2063
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Probably, the best thing to do is hookup a garden hose to your hot water heater's drain and run it outside to your bike.
Errr heat will speed corrosion. You want cool water not hot. I use a paint brush to encourage the dirt away. A spray bottle could be used to put the water on, keep it inside so it does not freeze?

Then finish with some car polish - you want stuff that leaves a coating behind, wax or something. Even on the non painted stuff (leavers etc).

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Ricardo - you will get road spray off the car onto your bike - so you should clean it when you get home... the bike that is.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:49 AM   #2064
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First chance of a snow ride since I build the bike (first time that snow in 3 weeks) the bike is super fun and the new Nate tires provide incredible traction with absolute control..

Even the clothes work great, I just need a "bandana" so my sweat does not freeze over my eyebrows..



Now the question is how to wash the bike since the outside hoses are frozen and using the Bathtub is a No, NO with so much mud.

Check out Halo brand headbands. I love mine.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:35 AM   #2065
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Check out Halo brand headbands. I love mine.
Yeah I just order one last night, funny I did not need it as much in the summer but is mandatory for the winter..
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:32 PM   #2066
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:37 PM   #2067
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Bridgestone XO-3. I bought it new in 1994 when Bridgestone bit the dust. I still have it.


Had a Bridgestone RB-0 back 20 years ago....Never should have let it go


Edit: To add- I recall their catalogs. They were beautiful, on rag, recycled paper. Works done by someone who was proud of their work (like their bikes). Perhaps too much quality at a time when they had to compete with mass chinese production
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:57 AM   #2068
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:11 AM   #2069
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That's all you! I'll keep working on a way to move down toward "fullmonte".
I rode in shorts yesterday.. It was the first cold day we have had in weeks, low 40's.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:32 AM   #2070
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Had a Bridgestone RB-0 back 20 years ago....Never should have let it go

Edit: To add- I recall their catalogs. They were beautiful, on rag, recycled paper. Works done by someone who was proud of their work (like their bikes). Perhaps too much quality at a time when they had to compete with mass chinese production
That guy - Grant Petersen - is still in business... http://www.rivbike.com/
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