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    Quote Originally Posted by arcFlash View Post
    I have no idea. I'll have to remove it to figure that out.

    Riding in water is one of the great thrills in life, , so I'll just have to live with replacing brackets or rebuilding them myself.
    I don't even waste my time trying to rebuild, depending on the bottom bracket you can most likely pick it up for under 30 bucks and pop it in, in just a couple minutes. And using running water to clean your bike wont hurt it, just don't use a pressure washer or spray nosel, letting the mudd dry actually hurts the clear coat of the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    What kind of bottom bracket (manufacturer and model) do you have? ...
    I have no idea. I'll have to remove it to figure that out.

    Riding in water is one of the great thrills in life, , so I'll just have to live with replacing brackets or rebuilding them myself.

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    What kind of bottom bracket (manufacturer and model) do you have? In any case, I'd remove the crankarms and spin the bearings or axle to feel how stiff the bearings felt. The best maintenance is the preventative kind. If you know you are going to submerge your bottom bracket, cover the bearing seals with a thick coat of grease. Once water gets inside the seals and contaminates the inner grease, you need to rebuild or replace the bearings. I ride sealed Shimano cartridge units that are not rebuildable and are not designed to be submerged, and since I stopped submerging my bike, I no longer have to replace them. I don't even spray my bike with a hose anymore. I just let the dirt dry and knock it off with a rag, and polish the bike with a wax-based wood polish.

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    If that water was a Minnesota river or lake, be sure to check the bike for Asian millfoil and zebra mussels before swimming again.

    On a more constructive note, you may want to check the bottom bracket cartridges. Contrary to popular opinion, at least some of them can be dismantled, to pop the seals on the bearings, clean & re-lube, etc.
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    Wet riding maintenance

    So I've been in the water with my Mukluk (2011) and I know how to grease wheels and head but I have little to no idea what to do with a bottom bracket.

    I'm good with tools but have little experience with modern bike design. What is the check list of maintenance after swimming with your bike?

    Thanks

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