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Riding in the rain(9 posts)

Riding in the rainstinkfoot247
Apr 22, 2003 1:59 AM
I have to commute 14 miles. I'm doing so on an old schwinn bike I got for free. The thing weighs a ton. I hate it. Makes my other dura ace bike feel like heaven. I want to get another bike. I was thinking of getting like a clearance bike with ultegra components but I'm worried that would be a waste of money with rain. What I would like to know is... I'm not going to be able to clean it after riding in rain, and it must sit outside all day, would it be ok to just give it a good lubing and cleaning everymonth or so, or am I wasting money on components that are going to corrode. Thanks alot peoples.
Get or make a Single Speed/Fixte.MB1
Apr 22, 2003 4:19 AM
Almost no matter how hilly your commute is a SS ought to be fine. If it is fairly flat fixte is great too.

There is very little to go wrong with a SS/Fixte and if you find an old frame and convert it the cost can be very low.
agree - SS/fixteMJ
Apr 22, 2003 4:39 AM
is the way to go

put some fenders on - they're cheap to build and cheap to run, few replacements/breakdowns - cheap doesn't mean bad quality

my SS has been a revelation for commuting and cycling - it changes the way you think about riding - it also makes the bike less attractive to thiefs

next for me is the fixte
Fixie/SS is a good way to goGregory Taylor
Apr 22, 2003 6:14 AM
The only caveat is that some of the really cool single-speed stuff (like Campy or Suzue track hubs) aren't well sealed against the wet. Riding in a downpour can mean that they should be repacked. If you are less fussy, you can probably get by using CRC Bearing Grease for Boat Trailers in your hubs. You can get it at any autoparts store. It smells bad, but it doesn't wash out in water. I repack my unsealed hubs every six months.

Some older Shimano mountain hubs (6 and 7 speed XT, for example) had grease ports built into the dust covers. I like those -- you can purge the bearings if you get them wet. I have this set-up on my mountain bike. A good bet would be a single-speed using one of these older Shimano hubs.

Other little stuff can make a big difference on a rain bike. The lower headset bearing, for example, is treated to a constant spray of water in the rain. A fender can avoid this. Otherwise, you can seal it up with a 1 inch wide rubber band cut from an older bike inner tube. You stretch this over bottom cup and fork race to keep out water and critters.

After a wet ride, take the seat post out and drain out any water that may leak down the tube. After you put it all back together, you can seal up the top of the seat tube with some beeswax, if you are so inclined.
I would like to stay multi-speedstinkfoot247
Apr 22, 2003 9:31 AM
I don't like the idea of a SS bike. I would like to stay 9 speed. Any suggestions.
7 speed internal gear Nexus hub? nmDougSloan
Apr 22, 2003 9:50 AM
If it's a rain bike that will be left outside...Gregory Taylor
Apr 22, 2003 9:51 AM
...then I'd go cheap or used. The lower level Shimano stuff (Tiagra, Sora) works perfectly well. Keep it lubed, use some of the tricks to keep water out of the bearings, and it will last for a decently long time.
My recommendationsTrent in WA
Apr 22, 2003 12:47 PM
If you want to stay with a 9-speed setup, I'd suggest spec'ing the bike with an XT rear hub (the seals are really, really good--better than Ultegra)and a cartridge bearing front hub like a Phil or, cheaper, a Suntour XC (available from Rivendell). For chain lube, just use motor oil and clean your drivetrain once a week. If you really want an aggro lube, get chain saw bar oil. Alternately, if you don't mind lubing every day, there's always ProLink.

every month?gtx
Apr 22, 2003 10:49 AM
You're gonna need to clean and lube after riding in the rain. At least a wipe down and add some lube each evening on heavy rain days. If you're gonne ba lazy about it get some heavy mtb lube like Finish Line X-Country for the chain. I'd also keep all the pivots, etc., lubed with a good penetrating dry lube like Boeshield. If you want gears I'd go with previous generation Ultegra 8 speed, with downtube shifters--the 8sp cassettes are still readily available.