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Bike commuting(7 posts)

Bike commutingSpiderman
May 24, 2001 3:14 PM
Would riding in the rain hurt my bike? I am assuming there is a risk of slippery pavement on sharp turns, but will the rain hurt my bike?
I did it for 7 years ...Humma Hah
May 24, 2001 3:33 PM
... that bike now has about 20,000 miles on it and is going strong.

You will go thru chains a little faster, and may wear out rear cogs a bit faster as well.

Tear the bike down a couple of times a year to clean and re-grease the bearings. They pick up more crud when they get spattered with mud or ridden in the rain. But bearings wear out anyway, need periodic cleaning and grease anyway, and are not a big deal to replace when needed. Its a matter of degree.

Do think about some fenders if you ride in the rain much. It avoids the brown streak up your backside. I'm looking for a set myself.
I did it for 7 years ...cycleguy
May 24, 2001 10:08 PM
You are becoming my cycling god. That's with, of course, a small g!
Feet of clay ...Humma Hah
May 25, 2001 7:22 AM
... During that early period, I treated the bike with little respect, simply a college beater. The bike stayed outdoors year-round. Did NOT do he periodic cleaning/lubes it needed. Rode it hard but paid no attention to the spokes, resulted in breakages and the wheels being seriously untrue. Rode a lot but didn't do any type of serious training, thought 25 miles was an epic ride, thought 550 ft was a mountain.

It loves me anyway.
It won't helpmr_spin
May 24, 2001 5:15 PM
Buy a cheap bike for commuting. Then you won't have to worry about it.
let it rainAlpine
May 24, 2001 10:07 PM
When I was in my prime racing years and living in Central Florida I was on the bike between 400-500 miles a week rain or shine. And believe me there were many rainy days and many torrential downpours that I rode through. My main training bikes usually saw 15K miles before I replaced them and I never saw any signs of damage from using them in the wet. I did tune and lube my bikes often but with that kind of mileage being accumulated it was a must anyway. Riding in the rain will require more cleaning and lubing but I could never be convinced that it is bad for my bikes.
re: Bike commutingfuzzybunnies
May 24, 2001 11:01 PM
It's best to get a lightly used bike with low tech equipment to commute on. Stick with bar end or down tube shifters for a commuter/beater. All the miles can really add up on a bike and friction shifting can help keep down skipping problems with a minimum of fuss and require less adjusting, and can still handle 7/8/9/10 speed rear cassettes as long as you have the right derailleurs. Wouldn't recommend lots of rain riding on your main bike though a little shouldn't harm anything, if you have chrome on the frame keep it polished with something that helps seal it since chrome is porus and will rust at a fairly rapid rate. TTFN