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Fenders didn't help.(8 posts)

Fenders didn't help.MB1
Aug 13, 2001 4:22 AM
At the end of our Saturday ride the sky opened up. We were on the W&OD trail in Virginia. We stopped for about an hour to get out of the worst of the lightning and rain. When the storms lightened up we finished the last 10 miles to home. There was this puddle......

That is when we found out that fenders don't help when your top tube is under water. Amazingly enough the bikes were really stable under water. Anyone want to help overhaul a couple of bikes?
It's not so amazing...Rich Clark
Aug 13, 2001 4:50 AM was the fenders that made the bikes so stable. They're like the parachutes skydivers use. You're licky you had them, or you might have fallen right over once you'd submerged!

When you ride a lot in the rain, you learn to seal your ti frame and keep it filled with helium. Neutral buoyancy allows lots of freedom to maneuver underwater.

if you don't have helium...alex the engineer
Aug 13, 2001 5:14 AM
then natural gas can work, but not as well!
BTW, what were you doing fording a stream with a road bike?
fording a streamMB1
Aug 13, 2001 5:22 AM
It was just a puddle (we thought). Besides I let the wife go first, I thought if she could make I could too. Then there were those 2 guys swimming across....
if you don't have helium...Rich Clark
Aug 13, 2001 5:58 AM
Of course, when you do a lot of underwater cycling with a gas-filled frame, be very sure you keep everything freshly lubed. Otherwise, when things dry out, you get sparks...

And also remember...RhodyRider
Aug 13, 2001 8:16 AM
When surfacing from depths over 30 ft, don't rise faster than your slowest air bubble or you risk getting "the bends." This begs additional questions: which frame material is least susceptible to the bends, CF, Ti, Al, or steel?!? What length of time does each material have to endure decompression? Who would decompress faster, Lance or Jan? Are Rolfs more waterproof than Mavics? Anyone know where I can get a Ti speargun to attach to my pump peg? Tubulars or Clinchers?
(Sorry, it is a little slow at work today...)
tubulars, for sure!!Rusty McNasty
Aug 13, 2001 8:57 AM
But, if you have a brooks saddle, make sure you remove it, and dry it slowly! Add some Neatsfoot oil, too!
Saddle CoverMB1
Aug 13, 2001 9:17 AM
Mercedes uses a Brooks, she had a Carrdice saddle cover and the seat was fine. I regularly treat it with proofride. When I was cleaning the bikes I heard a sloshing sound. One of the rims had a good amount of water in it. I had to remove the tire to let the water out through the valve hole. Her Rivendell frame was dry inside my Bianchi had water in the seat tube/bottom bracket area. If the ride hadn't been so much fun I would really be upset about all the work it took to clean up the bikes.