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Getting your bike clean right after the ’cross race

Cyclocross is a unique cycling discipline that has its own way of causing mechanical havoc to your bike. When the conditions are ideal (no mud!), maintaining your bike CX isn’t much different than cleaning your road machine. But as we all know, the fall/CX season has cold and wet weather making course conditions very messy.

So, you should clean your bike immediately after a cyclocross race. It should go without saying that mud and moisture are not a good combination for your bicycle, especially if you let those elements sit, dry and harden on your bike’s components. Rust and corrosion will follow, making it much more difficult to remove and service parts afterward. It is much easier to clean the machine when the mud is still soft. Once your race is finished, get on your rubber boots and get to work.

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