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what you should you do to the bike post-rain ride??(8 posts)

what you should you do to the bike post-rain ride??huevoslocos
Sep 20, 2001 6:52 AM
First morning rain ride today in a long time. I love it!

When I got back, I lubed the chain, casually wiped
down some of the main tubes, the crank, brakes, etc.

What other steps should one take after a rain ride
in terms of maintance?

Take care of yourself. You did fine with the bike.MB1
Sep 20, 2001 8:10 AM
Dry your shoes, take a shower, mow the lawn tomorrow.
Take care of yourself. You did fine with the bike.huevoslocos
Sep 20, 2001 8:26 AM
unluckly i live in the concrete jungle of DC metro virginia,
so no lawn to mow. something i miss here.
Man, I am all about DC. Where exactly?MB1
Sep 20, 2001 8:35 AM
I live behind Georgetown, work downtown. I got wet this morning too. Still have grass to mow though.
Man, I am all about DC. Where exactly?huevoslocos
Sep 20, 2001 9:47 AM
I live in Crystal City and work in Georgetown.

A little wet, but luckily not cold. Do you have any morning route suggestions around here? I've been using the paths: nat'l airport to alexandria to four mile run to custis to rosslyn and back to nat'l.
Could'nt do much better than your route.MB1
Sep 20, 2001 11:59 AM
You could also cross the 14th Street bridge and ride along the North side of the river to Georgetown. In the winter the North side is often cleared better and doesn't ice up as much as the wooden bridge does on the South shore.
re: what you should you do to the bike post-rain ride??Chuck D
Sep 20, 2001 9:12 AM
Lay the bike on it's side and let any water drain from the bottom bracket. I forgot that once and had to re-pack a cup & cone BB as a result.
A little clean waterTig
Sep 20, 2001 10:18 AM
Riding in the rain is fine, but the spray and splashes from the puddles can put dirt and junk in your chain. The dirty water carries dirt to the bearings and leaves it behind after the water dries. Extra dirt causes extra wear. Try washing down your bike with low pressure water from a hose to help push the dirty water out. Don't squirt any of the bike's bearings with high pressure water. Then do what you already described. Sure, there may not be a lot of dirt but it helps, and your bike is wet already so it won't hurt.