Many parts of the country not located in the Pacific Northwest have spent the season racing cyclocross in dry, temperate conditions. Not having to deal with the mud and the grime on a weekly basis can lull you into a state of complacency when it comes to keeping your race bike, or any bike for that matter, clean and well maintained.
A proper bike washing not only makes your bike faster and shinier, it also gives you the opportunity to inspect your frame, fork, drivetrain and brakes. Better to find that hairline crack in your carbon fork while washing it than to find out about it on a highspeed off-camber descent.
Although cleaning your bike is a fairly straightforward affair, there is a process you should follow. Chris Mayhew, associate coach with JBV Coaching and frequent CXHairs contributor, is back to take you through his bike wash routine. The video is about twelve minutes long and that is about how long it should take you to complete a bike cleaning.
Thanks for washing. And for watching.