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rust from bike washing

SkitSkit Posts: 58
edited October 2007 in MTB workshop & tech
hi all,

i used to always wash my bike with a hose but i have now been told it is really bad for the bike and that i should wash it with a sponge. however its really hard to get to all the fiddily parts of the bike and surely water will still get into the bike anyway. i have noticed that when i look up in between my forks to the instide of the head tube it is starting to become rusty and i dont know what to do. help me please.

sorry for the long and poorly explained post.



  • Sir HCSir HC Posts: 20,148
    There is nothing wrong with using a hose, just don't point it at the bearings if your using a gun on the end of the hose. Using a pressure washer is a big no no.

    Make sure you thoroughly dry every part of the bike, then lube the chain and cables.
    Intense Socom
  • I spray on FS 365 protective spray by Scottoiler after i wash my bike.

    This is what their website says:-

    FS 365 Protector Spray is a blend of mineral oil, surfactant, anti-corrosion additives and water which forms a stable micro-solution that can only be separated by evaporation.FS 365 is water soluble and therefore inherently biodegradable, it clings to all surfaces lubricating and preventing the onset of rust.

    However make sure you keep it off the disc/break pads.
  • SkitSkit Posts: 58
    wikid thanks guys
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