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riding in hard rain(4 posts)

riding in hard rainlonster8
Jul 23, 2001 7:19 PM
I'v been caught in 2 extremely hard rain storms in the past week. Is their any I need to be concerned with about my componets? I have dura ace and I know bearings are sealed but water can get in anything.I just want to know if riding in hard rain is ok?
re: riding in hard rainLC
Jul 23, 2001 7:48 PM
Should you worry?
Yes

Is there anything you can do about it since you have sealed bearings?
No

If you are really are concerned, you could repack your hubs and remove your bottom bracket, but beyond that just get a junker rain bike.
well, "sealed" is a misnomerjw25
Jul 24, 2001 5:18 AM
but Shimano seals are pretty darn good. Short of full immersion, I think you'd be hard pressed to get any water in the hubs or BB, assuming the seals weren't damaged.
If you have the adjustable Dura-Ace BB, I'd definitely take that out and clean it (I had the XTR model of that design, and it died a short, painful death from muddy rides. The seals on that just didn't, but the cartridge model tha treplaced it has 2 years and is still smooth.)
It's probably not a bad idea to open the hubs, and check for water infiltration. The stock Shimano grease is waterproof, but still, any water near bearings is a bad idea, and you can't overhaul components too often.
I'd open the heeadset, too, since the tire spray can sometimes get into the lower bearings.
Other than that, chlean and relube your chain, maybe put some spray lube on your pedals, mnake sure the frame is empty, and don't worry about it.
P.S. After a rain ride, I alway pull the wheels and scrub the brake residue off right away, before it dries. Might be a bit anal-retentive, but it keep them shiny.
re: riding in hard rainchim-chim
Jul 24, 2001 12:23 PM
Don't open up hubs, but DO check rims... some will hold water. pull tires off and see if there is water inside them as well, let dry over night.