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what to do AFTER riding in the rain?(5 posts)

what to do AFTER riding in the rain?MaRider
Aug 3, 2002 6:45 AM
what do you normally do to your bike after being caught in the rain for a good hour of riding?
Any special spots to pay attention during lubing/oiling?
What do you do with your wet shoes, etc?
Any "tricks" or tips?
re: what to do AFTER riding in the rain?rtyszko
Aug 3, 2002 7:57 AM
Well a message meant for me! I moved back to NH where we do get our share of rain and this is what I do after getting caught out. First (this works best if you have a second wheel set to ride for a few days) I take my wheels off and take the tubes out as well as taking the tires completely off. I dry all of it, and hang the wheels up (still bare naked,..... not me, the wheels) so that the valve hole is at the bottom so the water can drain out of the rim. I also will take a pre-mix of degreaser spray and spray down the drive train and wash it. YOu'd think that the rain would do this for you, but I've found that I have more grime after wet rides than I would have thought. Perhaps I should change my lube. I usually wait several hours to re-lube everything after the bike's bath just to make sure that it's all dry. Other than that I usually thoroughly wipe off the whole bike and ask it's forgiveness for tortoring it so.

For the shoes, pull out the inserts and put them in front of a fan. IN several hours you've got them dry. I bought all synthetic material road and mtn. bike shoes so that they would stand up to this type of abuse.

Nothing more to say.

clean bike, dry shoesDaveG
Aug 3, 2002 1:19 PM
I actually wash the bike after a wet ride because its tends to cause a great deal of grime. Then clean the drivetrain and relube. Might not be a bad idea to remove the seatpost (or the BB cable guide screw if you have one) an drain any water.

As for shoes, do not use heat. Remove the insoles and stuff some paper towels in there for an hour to absord the excess. Then set in front of a fan overnight
also, clean rims and brake pads of grit (nm)DaveG
Aug 4, 2002 7:29 AM
re: what to do AFTER riding in the rain?TREKY
Aug 4, 2002 9:20 AM
Also remember to lube the derailer and brake pivot points. Make sure that you clean and relube the pedals and shoe cleats because those tend to get alot of grime washed up into them.Make sure that the cable router under the BB is also clean and lubed.