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Offline HairyBiker777

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Washing
« on: May 01, 2020, 03:44:59 am »
Hi all,

I don't have access to a water supply in a place where I could wash my bike. I used to see coin-op high-pressure washers in petrol stations... is there much risk of one breaking things on the bike, or getting water in where I don't want it? Any other options for when you can't wash your bike at home?

TIA
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Offline bedheadjulian

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Re: Washing
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 04:18:55 am »
If you use a pressure washer keep it as far from the bike as possible when spraying and spray from the front. Pressure washers and electrical components do not play well together (think fuel injected modern bikes vs oldschool bikes with no electronics here)

Offline CShpec

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Re: Washing
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2020, 12:54:28 pm »
I use a pesticide sprayer and fill a bucket with soap and water - beats having to haul stuff to the self serve wash! Iíve been meaning to pick up a Chemical Guys pump sprayer to do sort of a foam bath. https://www.chemicalguys.com/full-function-power-atomizer-and-pump-sprayer/ACC_117.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlNTj4I-T6QIVvCCtBh02ggKLEAQYASABEgKtA_D_BwE Available at Walmart too.

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Offline Crilly Wizard

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Re: Washing
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2020, 01:00:04 pm »
I snow foam/pressure wash all the time without any problems. Itís better than leaving salt behind which causes more problems. I also use a sidekick blaster, and I mist spray ACF50 often.
The threshold pressure is about 100bar, so only use that pressure or less from a distance.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2020, 02:24:06 pm by Crilly Wizard »

Online lunkhead

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Re: Washing
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2020, 01:56:04 pm »
You should always go for a long ride after washing to get things dried out completely.
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Offline SCRBen

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Re: Washing
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2020, 05:42:03 pm »
I snow foam/pressure wash all the time without any problems. Itís better than leaving salt behind which causes more problems. I also use a sidekick blaster, and I mist spray ACF50 often.
The threshold pressure is about 100bar, so only use that pressure or less from a distance.

Air dryer, like Crilly says. Iíve got the big brother of the one he mentions (pictured) - it kicks out something like 3 or 4 hp at full whack. You can get water out of places you never knew it could get - Iíll never clean a bike without one again.
Ben

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Re: Washing
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2020, 10:40:07 pm »
Oops, misread a post.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2020, 10:46:27 pm by lunkhead »
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Offline HairyBiker777

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Re: Washing
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2020, 06:28:34 am »
Thanks all. I considered the Ryobi cordless power washer for a while but washer + battery + charger was going to cost the thick end of $300, so I went for the garden spray bottle instead. Perfect for the job.

Offline VIKEN

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Re: Washing
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2020, 08:22:59 pm »
I've always used pressure washer and the only place i dont point it at is the exhaust and intake holes, more challenging to dry off. Everything else just at a safe distance depending on pressure. Water jets are used to cut metal, just saying for comparison. DC electricals can get wet, maybe just not soaked for a very looooooong time, read corrosion. But, you do dry yourself off after a bath/shower right? So no biggie getting electricals wet either. Pressured air/blower is your best friend if you're pressure washing your bike.

I do want to try touch-less car washes though... with some sort of rain gear of course...  :o ;D Do i just put my bike in "park"?  ???
« Last Edit: May 09, 2020, 08:27:16 pm by VIKEN »

Offline E

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Re: Washing
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2020, 05:47:44 pm »
I snow foam/pressure wash all the time without any problems. Itís better than leaving salt behind which causes more problems. I also use a sidekick blaster, and I mist spray ACF50 often.
The threshold pressure is about 100bar, so only use that pressure or less from a distance.

Air dryer, like Crilly says. Iíve got the big brother of the one he mentions (pictured) - it kicks out something like 3 or 4 hp at full whack. You can get water out of places you never knew it could get - Iíll never clean a bike without one again.
Ben

Sudsy bucket with my car wash soap - an Old throw-away SOCK for dirt, then grease wipe down
Garden Hose Rinse ..........then LEAF - BLOWER (and/or a long Bike Ride)
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