Ahhhh… the ageless onslaught of dirt on the mountain bike, what is an individual to do….Well for starters, I would not recommend using too much water. I had this experience this weekend after looking to clean my Levo…
I visited my local bike shop here in Ojai and was easily convinced to purchase this:
I am an engineer, so I am paid to be skeptical about all items, this philosophy works our as a tool for work, but not always for life…but this is a post regarding bikes – not life choices….so let me get down to business. The “Muc-Off” worked well, even with the questionable naming convention. After pre-moistening with water and spraying lightly the muc it did inedeed “muc-off” quite rapidly. The value added from this product is that it is not a de-greaser, so your bearings and the like should be ok……
Unfortunately soon after the cleaning I got this from my lights:
It’s a bit hard to see, but the lights shone may different colors. This was a bit worrying as I had washed my bike a few times before and not had this issue…then it dawned on me. I had washed the bike UPSIDE DOWN, not the regular upright way. After I took a quick vid for this post I removed the battery and let it “dry” for several hours. After a few hours I re-installed the battery and re-charged it and found that I had this:
I was missing the light indicating 10 out of 10 on the charge…..uh oh. I had a ride planned for the rest of the day – so I went out anyways. It was a great ride in Carpinteria….(near Santa Barbara). The lines are not waves, but rather power lines.
The bike performed like it always had, so I think that I may have dodged a bullet here, electronics and water are not a good mix….or do you think the battery might just be getting old and only charge to 9 out of 10 ? Any similar experiences out there ?