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How do you keep rain from ruining components? help(8 posts)

How do you keep rain from ruining components? helpMaartin
May 12, 2003 6:41 AM
Any advise on how to dry and minimize wet weather component problems. How do the pros or bicycle messengers dry bikes so bearings do not rust ?
I commute rain or shine and between last week and today I have had 7 drenching cold rain rides. I have a carbon Trek5200-Dura-Ace with a drain under in the bottom bracket and double lizard skins on the headset, and silicone on the seat post, wheels, but .......... The water gets into everywhere and I am worried about the wheel and bottom bracket bearings which are full of water. Any suggestions other than taking everything apart, drying and reassembling.
Wash and lube your bike after every wet ride. ASAP! nmeschelon
May 12, 2003 6:52 AM
Wipe it dry and lubricate anything that pivots, too. nmdzrider
May 12, 2003 7:37 AM
Don't use a 5200 with Dura AceRJF
May 12, 2003 7:35 AM
Water isn't good for bikes; there is no way to avoid it.

I'm also a daily commuter -- and do so in Portland, Oregon, where 30+ straight days of rain is not uncommon in the winter.

That's why I use a P.O.S. old mountain bike to commute on instead of my nice, pretty Pinarello. The old mountain bike churns through bearings and brake pads because of the grit and grime of the commute, but I don't shed a tear over it.

So, I'd invest in a decent used mountain bike, throw some slick tires on it, and put the 5200 in the garage.
i agreevelocity
May 12, 2003 10:47 AM
I wouldn't use your 5200 to commute. Put together or purchase a beater bike using a used frame and old parts. This way no need to fret and worry about rain damaging it, and you'll save the 5200 all that wear and tear (and opportunities for thieves to have at it!). Don't forget tho' to treat the beater with love and kindness. You may even fall in love with yours as I have with mine ;^).
Related Question - What components are best in wet conditions?Mariowannabe
May 12, 2003 7:37 AM
Sounds like Maartin is doing all the right things, except may the BB.

The only thing I've heard is that Dura-Ave BB are not sealed, so use an Ultegra BB if you ride in rough conditions and aren't keen on very regular maintenance.

What about Campy Record seals?
Not really a big problem...Silverback
May 12, 2003 7:41 AM
I'd be surprised if water were getting in "everywhere." Most components are fairly well sealed these days, and grease repels water if it does get in. I've ridden my mountain bikes through water up to the hubs many times, and I don't rebuild anything more often than about once a year. There's never a trace of rust when I do.
FWIW, I use Sta-Lube boat trailer wheel bearing grease (sold as "marine grease") for the hubs, headset and BB, but I'm not really sure it makes any difference. Costs about five bucks for a lifetime supply at auto parts places
For a dry BB, try this...seyboro
May 12, 2003 10:26 AM
...idea from my old MTB days: Take an old inner tube and cut it about 6-8 inches long. Remove the post. Slide it up the post and reinsert the whole thing into seat tube. Slide the inner tube back down so it covers the a good portion of the post and all of the seat tube and binder.
Result: Butt-ugly seatpost and dry BB!