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Salt (Ugh!)(4 posts)

Salt (Ugh!)velocity
Jan 27, 2003 5:13 PM
It snowed last night (barely) but the roads in NYC today were white not from snow but from salt. I'm glad the streets were rideable but man! After I got home from work I cleaned my commuter, which was, ahem, peppered with white salt deposits. (Boy, I'm glad this is my cheap ride!) Considering I didn't take one of my usual detours, it was ridiculous how much my bike was covered from my 5-miles roundtrip. How do others cope with this? MB1, you're riding 100 miles in this stuff?
AAARRRGGGHHH!!!Matno
Jan 27, 2003 7:51 PM
I'm in the Bronx, and it looks like there's more snow on the roads than anywhere else! (There's none). I think I'll stick to mountain biking until after we have a good rainfall. (Which, looks like it may be soon). Now, if only we could have some warmer weather! (Cross your fingers for Groundhogs' Day!)
re: Salt (Ugh!)commuterguy
Jan 28, 2003 7:04 AM
I can't speak for MB1, but I can't/won't risk my life or steel frame until it rains hard. The streets here are white with salt, too, but the shoulders of the road (where I would have to ride) are in some cases under 2-3 inches of salt. I have ridden before in these condidtions, and it is very scary (no traction).

Sand is also liberally dumped on our roads at the moment, and I find that to ride even short trips is to, well, throw sand in the gears. Nothing wears chains, rings or cassettes like sand. I guess I really need a beater bike, with fenders and disc brakes.
I agree, there is salt everywhere.MB1
Jan 28, 2003 6:12 PM
That is no reason to stay home.

Fenders-our main rides take fenders. Disc brakes-our Santana tandem has a rear disc IMHO not worth the trouble.

Otherwise just clean your bike.

Every day is better with a little ride in it.