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Dust and Sand on components(5 posts)

Dust and Sand on componentsComputerman
Feb 18, 2003 11:33 AM
I just bought my first good road bike (Trek Y-Foil 77) and I was told by my local bike shop that dust and sand are the components worst enemy. Personally, I think I'm the bikes worst enemy right now until I get used to these clipless pedals. But, that's another story. I have to drive 3 miles down a gravel road one way or 6 miles down a gravel road the other way to get to a paved road to ride the bike on. Needless to say, the bike goes on the bike carrier on the back of my van and gets a free ride to the paved road before I get on it. Even doing that, it still gets dust and sand all over the chain, bearings and components. Obviously there is oil and greese on the chain, bearings and components so the dust and sand sticks to it. I tried washing it off with my water bottle but water doesn't rinse much dust off when it's got oil on it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do to preserve my bike and components? Is there an effecient way to clean it before I ride or is there something I can put on or over the bike to keep the dust off when it's traveling down the gravel road?
I think you're over-worrying...Silverback
Feb 18, 2003 11:40 AM
Obviously dust and sand aren't GOOD for it, but there's no significant difference in that regard between road and mountain components, and a lot of us have ridden mountain bikes for years without grinding up the parts. You can eliminate some of the stick-to-itiveness by using a dry lube (like White Lightning) where it's appropriate and wiping off any excess. I don't imagine dust gets into the hubs etc, so that's not a worry. Modern parts are pretty well sealed, and the dust you can see, on the outside, isn't inside where it can do any harm. I'd be ordinarily cautious, not too concerned, and just ride the bike.
You have a van? just put bike inside...nmrwbadley
Feb 18, 2003 12:52 PM
It's mostly about the chainKerry
Feb 18, 2003 4:43 PM
The dust will really only affect chain life on a road bike - the dust and the lube will form a grinding compound that will accelerate chain wear.
re: Dust and Sand on componentsComputerman
Feb 19, 2003 7:37 PM
Thanks. I appreciate ya'lls replies.