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I only ride in the rain if I get caught in it.

I just wash the bike and dry it off with a leaf blower.

When I wash the bike I just lightly sprinkle water on it. There is no need to power wash it. I let the soapy bubbles do the work.

One thing I have seen people do is put a wet bike under a cover, especially if they keep the bike outdoors. That is a recipe for rust, especially on the lower-quality finished metal of cheaper bikes.

I am lucky to have a garage so the only place I worry about rust is on the chain. To combat that I just keep the chain clean and lubricated.

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I never ride in the rain because it takes so long to clean after. But if I get caught in it and it gets dirty I would use Meguires wash and wax, rinse then I always power up my compressor and blow dry it. That way there isn't any water hanging around anywhere to cause rust and it also prevents me from having to rub the paint or panels or anything to dry it.
 
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I clean my bikes in the garage while they are on front and rear stands--a small bucket of soapy water and a rag, carefully used, does the trick. It takes a while to give the bike a "sponge bath" this way, but you don't get water all over the place. I only ride on dry days--even a forecast of rain means no riding that day...
 

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Thanks. Yea I would not take my bike out if it rains either but got stuck in a downpour out of nowhere today!
 

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I don't let rain stop me from riding very often.
I usually just use a spray bottle with warm water and rags to clean it.

Ride more. Worry less. ;)
 
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