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5hr. drive in the rain for a 4 day weekend in NH.....(9 posts)

5hr. drive in the rain for a 4 day weekend in NH.....Uprwstsdr
Aug 29, 2002 7:22 AM
Do I expose the bikes to the elements? If so, what precautions if any, and anything I should do upon arrival?
More info pleasertyszko
Aug 29, 2002 7:30 AM
What kind of frame material? How much room do you have to store the bikes/wheels? Roof mount vs. trunk mount?

PS Welcome to my home.

Bob T
More info pleaseUprwstsdr
Aug 29, 2002 8:35 AM
2 Steel frames mounted to the rear of an SUV.

Love your home, will be in Andover.
rains fineSteve_0
Aug 29, 2002 7:57 AM
Probably better to put the bike in the back seat if the kids are staying home. If not, the bike will be okay. Grease'r up good before you go. Clean/dry when you get there.

I had my bike on the roof in a 10hour downpour w/out any problems.
More detail re: "grease'r up good" please. I'm a newbieUprwstsdr
Aug 29, 2002 8:38 AM
More detail re: "grease'r up good" please. I'm a newbieSteve_0
Aug 29, 2002 11:02 AM
grease up the chain (usually rust up pretty easily) and seals. Clean off when you get there.
....only to get plastered with bugs!!grzy
Aug 29, 2002 8:05 AM
Get a couple bike bras as a minimum. You'll also avoid the stone chips. It's the solid matter that gets you not the liquids - unless you get on some freshly oiled or paved roads. Remember summer is construction season in the north east.

The rain is NOT really a factor. Most critical bearings are sealed, everything is lubed with waterproof lubricants, and besides many of us do many miles in the rain and wash our bikes with....soap and water! The only difference is perhaps a little higher air velocity, but it's not really directed straight at the bearing seal. Just wipe the bikes down or blow of with a compressor when you get to where you're going. Getting them inside to a warm and dry environment also helps.
Two words: shrink wrap. (Only partiallly joking...) ;-) (nm)RhodyRider
Aug 29, 2002 9:04 AM
re: 5hr. drive in the rain for a 4 day weekend in NH.....rtyszko
Aug 29, 2002 9:25 AM
If they're on the back you probably will not even need a bike bra. I've dragged mine all over this country and in all kinds of weather and as long as you do a decent job drying them when you're done, you should be fine. I'd suggest removing the saddles/seat post before you go because many saddles really dry slowly if drenched. One other thought. A lot of times when I ride in the rain I'll get water in my rims which requires removing the tube and tire and hang drying. If possible, remove your wheel set too.

Bob T.

Eat lots of food do lots of shopping and pay all of the tolls to help support our economy please! Just kidding. Enjoy "our" land.