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Muddy Conditions: Making Post Ride Clean-up Easier

Bryan Bosch

If you ride lots of mud, you know how much can accumulate on your bike. Not only does this create a lot of work to clean when you get home, it can add a lot of extra weight to your bike. Here are some tips on prepping your bike so that less mud sticks.

* To keep the mud from sticking under your fenders, give them a light coating of Armor All, WD40 or non-flavored cooking spray. This must be done when the fenders are clean and dry. There are a number of products specifically for this purpose but who doesn't have Armor All, WD40 or cooking spray around the house? I personally use Maxima SC1 Silicone Spray because that's what I've been using for years to keep my skoot looking like new.

* If you run a skid plate, consider installing Skid Plate Foam. It's porous enough to let water run through it, but keeps mud from accumulating wear you install it. If you buy bulk foam, you can trim pieces and stuff it wherever mud seems to build-up on your bike.

* Re-purpose a pair of ladies nylon stockings (panty hose) to keep mud from packing into your radiators. Slip them over the top of the radiator and tie them off at the bottom. Some mud will stick, but far less than without the nylons. What mud that does stick will dry and is easily flaked off with a quick brush of your fingers. And, cleaner radiators are more efficient at cooling, so this technique is a win on a few levels. If you don't run the nylons, clean, dry and coat the OEM plastic radiator fins with the spray of your choice.

* Lastly, with a clean bike, wipe the topside of your plastic work down with a Silicone Spray or a product like Plexus. These products seal the microscopic pores in plastic, making it harder for dirt to stick and what does is easier to remove. And, they might your bike look nice!

So there you have it. Using these tips, your bike will look its best, clean-up will be easier and even better, picking up less mud weight when you ride uses less energy and will handle its best.

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