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Tried to complete my first century but...(5 posts)

Tried to complete my first century but...JL
Aug 13, 2001 6:16 AM
after the first 50 miles of heavy rains, washed out roads, downed tree limbs and thunder/lightning, my friend and I decided to skip the second 50 miles :(. We were pretty bummed, but felt we made the right decision at the time.

Anyway, here's a question. My Trek 5200 had rain IN the frame. I took out the seatpost and drained it as best I could, but I'm wondering if there's anything else I should do/worry about? I know it won't rust, but I wondered if anything else could be affected. I dried/cleaned and relubed the chain and other parts, but wondered if I should worry about anything else.

I'm bummed, but dry now, and planning another (drier hopefully) century attempt in a month.


John L.
pull bb?Dog
Aug 13, 2001 6:35 AM
I'd consider pulling the bottom bracket, regreasing, and reinstalling. Even the "sealed" types aren't. If you had that much water in there, it might be worth it long term.

Re: How hard to do it myself?JL
Aug 13, 2001 11:01 AM
I took my bike to my LBS and got a "scolding", aka "Don't ride in the rain". Easy to say when you're not the one getting stuck 25 miles from your car. Just keep turning the bike over back & forth they said (with the seatpost out), and it will all eventually come out. If you hear noises we can overhaul the BB, but it will take 2 weeks (at ~$130)! I ordered a bike tool kit since I didn't have the tools yet, but I have the workstand.

So how hard is the process? Doesn't seem like the LBS should take 2 weeks. I looked in Zinn's book and it doesn't seem very difficult to accomplish. I'm avoiding the LBS if I can from now on. I'm tired of the attitude from the one manager I get where I spent 2K + on new bike.


John L.

P.S. I just had to rant as I'm pissed off at the LBS's slap on the hand remarks.
And what grease?JL
Aug 13, 2001 11:25 AM
I have some Finish Line Premium 100% synthetic grease. Will this do the trick since I already have it?

Thanks all.

And what grease?LC
Aug 13, 2001 3:54 PM
A 5200 should not be that old that it would not have a sealed BB. The only thing you can do is remove it and put it back with some of that Finish Line grease on the outside threads to keep it from freezing in the shell. If you do have non-sealed bearings somewhere like in the wheel hubs then the grease you have is fine.