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Bike cleaning
#1
Just changed the stem of my Whyte and found that there was a fair amount of mud in the steerer tube! I'm guessing this is due to the fact that I usually wash my bike upside down and a fair bit of crap has made its was to the top of the tube under the cap.

So basically, am I doing it wrong? Is cleaning the bike upside down a no-no? Or is this an area I should just keep an eye on and clean regularly? Are there any other areas on a modern bike I should be disassembling and keeping clean?

Flame suit on, I know this is pretty basic stuff  :B
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#2
Not really but bike cleaning is much easier with a workstand. It puts the bike at a good height to get stuck into the drivetrain. And of course it is then up the right way.

Which reminds me that I need to buy a workstand for the new bike....
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#3
If you can avoid upside down then you'll save putting dirt and crap into the shifters, there's no right or wrong way other than no jet hose. Soapy water and a sponge, some harsh cassette brushes, then dribble hose the bike down and then cloth dry and buff with a good dealer for long lasting paint.  Last part is for ocd sufferers like me lol
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#4
Mud does get up there, as theres no doubt a hole at the bottom of the steer at the forks - but cleaning upside down will compound this problem if water gets in a it runs down (up)

Clean upright if possible, but being a mountain bike everything hets dirty, if time allows, strip whatever you can to clean it.

Fenwicks Concentrate + Muc Off Brush Set is a winning combination.
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#5
I'd think upside down is a bad idea, older frames have drain holes....
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