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Cleaning Up After a Big Ride

Old 07-13-19, 02:04 PM
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Old 07-15-19, 01:02 PM
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Being 667 miles from emporia Kansas, one would be wise to put some thought and planning into this part of the equation.
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Being 667 miles from emporia Kansas, one would be wise to put some thought and planning into this part of the equation.
I gotta ask... What?
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
I gotta ask... What?
Well, I would have to plan for four days if I wanted to do a DK. 667 is a long day in the car. Then race prep, finalizing registration, etc. Then 20 hours on the bike. Then likely a rest day ( insert laundry here) . Then return to Kenosha. Annnnd viola! There’s the answer to my conundrum. Thanks for asking!
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Old 07-15-19, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
Well, I would have to plan for four days if I wanted to do a DK. 667 is a long day in the car. Then race prep, finalizing registration, etc. Then 20 hours on the bike. Then likely a rest day ( insert laundry here) . Then return to Kenosha. Annnnd viola! There’s the answer to my conundrum. Thanks for asking!
Adding the DK part clears it up - like water from a hose
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Old 07-16-19, 09:36 AM
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I think frequent bike cleaning is the worst thing about riding gravel.

I try to ride three times a week, and often early in the morning before work. I'm primarily getting limestone dust on my bike, whether it's dry or wet. But I have trouble cleaning it more than once a week, so just deal with a dirty bike on many rides. Sometimes I just let it sit and ride the road bike that day.

Cleaning regimen includes a bucket, car washing sponge, mild dish soap, and a garden hose with a shower attachment. I also have a bunch of brushes to get in to the drive train. Every now and then I take everything apart and do a deeper clean/lube/tuneup.
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Old 07-16-19, 11:38 AM
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How many gravel rides can you guys do before you have to wash your shorts/bibs?
Wear a fresh pair for every ride, or you'll turn your groin into a mushroom factory.
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Old 07-16-19, 02:42 PM
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Our bikes are stored indoors in the spare bedroom. Dirt and mud on the tires means the bike gets hosed off and wiped down before it comes in. Dust can wait forever.

Shorts get taken off and into the shower with me after a ride and are washed, rinsed and hung out to dry.
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Old 07-16-19, 04:33 PM
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I suspect it being not carbon or steel/ti at that price has something to do with it too even though it uses cannondales best hydroformed aluminum
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