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Pressure washing bike yes...no... maybe?


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I live in a rural area so the bike gets covered in mud. I give it good soaking at low pressure, then wash, then use a pressure washer with a moderately wide spray pattern for those hard to reach bits. So long as you don't blast the electrics or bearings it's fine.

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I've yet to see an owners manual that recommends a PW.

But then... The manufacturers are very aware that some owners are clueless plonkers.

I don't see the need for one, but then I take pleasure in cleaning my bike, it also gives me the opportunity to get up close and hopefully recognise a potential problem before it gets out of hand. And expensive.

In the right hands they can make cleaning quick easy and simple. In the wrong hands they can be a recipe for disaster and potentially expensive repairs. You have to know what you're doing. And it's best if the PW is adjustable.

If in doubt, use a bucket and/or hose.

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I do clean my bike after every ride, so usually it is just slight rinsing and that’s all. But if I was on longer ride or multiple days rides than pw definitely. Just paying attention not to come to close, les than half meter, and not jet flow.

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