No contributory factors then? Grandparents absolved of all responsibility? Should I mount a compensation claim perchance?
I think you’d find there was no warranty beyond the first 12 months in those days! Some British cars were renowned for their propensity to rust. So, as I recall, were some Italian cars in particular - perhaps latter more excusable coming from a country with a drier climate… whilst some low-volume manufacturers did it earlier, in terms of mass-production in Europe, I think it may have been Audi who first introduced galvanising of car bodies in the eighties.
I absolutely detest car air fresheners, no idea why, perhaps just seems so artificial or I dislike the fragrances.
Wait…I’m supposed to clean my car? I thought that only applied to my bicycles.
Yes, Audi were early galvanisers as were Volvo.
Clean bicycles? Excess dirt/mud tends to fall off mine eventually, maintaining a steady state…
Getting in and out of my car usually transfers mud from my boots and clothes to the sills!
Interesting, when I used to cycle regularly I would clean my bike down after almost every trip, less so with the commuter which probably got a wipe down once a week.
Cars tend to be a utilitarian thing for me, cycles more like treasured possessions!
Yeah, I clean my bikes regularly. My gravel and mountain bikes get pretty grungy after one ride. My road and single-speed bikes are wiped after most rides and cleaned more thoroughly when needed. It makes maintenance a lot easier.
I have only ever cleaned my bikes when I have needed to work on them, though only road bikes until 18 months ago. The MTB I bought in an auction 18 months ago has yet to be cleaned, but I may dig out the pressure washer some time as it is rather caked…
Life is too short for washing bikes or cars unnecessarily!
I wouldn’t use a pressure washer on a bike. You risk trashing the bearings. If you hose it off use a gentle stream to help loosen the dirt and wipe it off.
Not if the bearings are sealed…
Good luck with your BB and headset. My mechanics love people who powerwash their bikes. It keeps them employed.
But I had a ceramic coating applied by these folks in Chelmsford.
Given the motor is parked on the street it has proven a good investment. And when it is washed it really picks up
Bicycle bearings, even sealed ones seem to take a beating. I change stuff on my bike for the sake of it, typical bike tart! But the bottom bracket really does have a hard time and despite all of my bikes being road bikes they seem to wear quite quickly.
For all the people who have said “garage does it at the service”
I reply yes…at £85 +vat an hour…they would
Just to disambiguate, I don’t powerwash. It’s not part of a Norse god’s routine.
I understand. It’s @Innocent_Bystander who mentioned using a pressure washer. That’s a big no-no, sealed bearings or not, and it’s a good way to trash your bottom bracket and headset with rust. I suppose if you ride $300 bikes that might not matter much, but my bikes are from close to $3k (single-speed) up to $9k (gravel race bike). I only use a low pressure hose head,and only when necessary. Otherwise I wipe down by hand with a diluted Simple Green solution.
I wonder if the same logic could be applied to 4 wheel powertrains?