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Riding in the rain ...(6 posts)

Riding in the rain ...booner
Jul 16, 2002 12:19 PM
Just wanted to know what is typically done with your bike once you get back from a ride in the rain (clean the chain, wipe off the bike, etc). I'm a newbie to riding and on saturday rode for 88 miles in the rain. Got done and spent an hour cleaning on my bike. I basically cleaned on everything I could see ... but wanted to see what is typically done?

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re: Riding in the rain ...No_sprint
Jul 16, 2002 12:33 PM
Some guys on my team never ever clean their bikes. Once in a while they'll throw some White Lightening on the chain. Some guys on my team are clean freaks to the point of cleaning and lubing the chain more than once a week. So, it's really up to you.
Rinse it off ... let it dry ... oil the chain ...Humma Hah
Jul 16, 2002 12:42 PM
Lube the chain only after it has had a chance to dry, otherwise it traps water under the oil.

Riding in the rain does get some water in the bearing grease. While you don't need to strip the bike down each time you ride in the rain, that is cause to clean the bearings and re-grease somewhat more often. Its not a bad idea to do it twice a year for a commuter bike, more often than that for a finely-tuned racebike.

I ride a 31-year-old steel bike that has been "rode hard and put away wet" many times. It has forgiven me a LOT of rainy rides, with no ill effects other than the chain squeaking and the bearing grease turning to chewing gum if neglected for a few years.
A little prevention can also help.Quack
Jul 16, 2002 12:49 PM
If you're going to make a habit of riding rain for entended periods, get yourself a well-sealed headset or a lower headset bootie. Loads of water gets flung into the lower cup and can wash out a less than waterproof bearing in only one ride. After serious rain rides, you may even want to pull the cup off your bottom bracket to let the water out of the frame. A lot of rims hold water as well, so you might want to unmount the tires and let the water out of the valve stem hole. When I ride rain, I typically will spray the grit out of the calipers, clean and lube the chain, and call it good.
Buy a second bikegrandemamou
Jul 16, 2002 2:34 PM
What I do to my second bike after a ride in the rain. Pull out seat post dump the water out and lube the chain. Ready for the next ride.

While I won't take my main rig out in the rain, if I get caught I do the above and remove headset,cassette, BB and regrease. Wipe down the entire frame and relube shifters brake levers and brake pivots,FD and RD. This is probably overkill but you asked.

If you have a lower end frame and components I'd say go with #1. If you have serious cash invested I'd say #2.
re: Riding in the rain ...Mauceri
Jul 16, 2002 5:48 PM
Hang the bike upside down after you ride (and after you wipe the bike down of course). You won't believe how much water comes out of the bike.