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your bike and the rain(6 posts)

your bike and the rainnova
Aug 12, 2001 11:04 AM
In the mid-Atlantic region we've finally gotten a break from the heat and humidity. It rained for hours upon hours yesterday, and it seemed to be dark outside by 6PM.

How many of you take your fine steel and/or painted titanium steeds out the day after such a rain? Do you mind the puddles in the road and the associated grit on your bike, or do you have a rain bike for such occasions?
re: your bike and the rainHank
Aug 12, 2001 11:13 AM
I live in the Pacific Northwest. All my bikes are high end steel rigs. I just take them apart once a year or so and spray Boeshield down the tubes. Not rust, no problems (and some of the bikes are 10+ years old). Regarding road crud, this is where a good, solid repair stand comes in handy - slap it in the stand after wet rides and wipe it down.
Not worth worrying aboutRetro
Aug 12, 2001 12:17 PM
Hardly rains at all where I live (Reno--1.3 inches last year; normal is about 6), but I ride when it does. I do about what Hank does, only not as often. Never had a speck of rust worth worrying about, including on a Reynolds 531 Trek I bought used 10 years ago. The previous owner had it for four or five years and rode it here from Indiana, so it's been wet plenty.
I do wince at the crud on my Atlantis, but that's a cosmetic issue. An occasional wipedown with water followed by Pledge seems to work.
re: your bike and the rainbadabill
Aug 12, 2001 5:40 PM
This worry over steel rusting is overblown. Admited I live in socal where it doesnt rain much, but if you take reasonable good care of a steel frame it will last for decades. Follow the advice above and Dont worry about it ,just ride
re: your bike and the rainalex the engineer
Aug 13, 2001 5:29 AM
When it's just damp, I will leave my fine handmade roadbike at home, and take the cannondale touring bike (fenders, racks, etc), throw a bag over the leather saddle, then clean and re-oil the chain when I get home. On REALLY rainy days, I'm not going to make any speed, anyway, so I will put on my Nashbar raingear, and get on the old big-fendered hybrid, and turn all my flashing lights on. This bike will also get a chain oiling later, but I'm not nearly as fastidious on this bike as I am on the others.
Just ride, baby!MB1
Aug 13, 2001 7:11 AM
We have fenders, they help sometimes. Lemon pledge works great on painted frames. Just dry everything and lube the chain as soon as you finish your ride.