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Post rain ride check-up.(3 posts)

Post rain ride check-up.niteschaos
May 21, 2003 8:49 PM
Besides cleaning break pads and chain, chainring, and cogs, what are the things one should check/clean after a nasty ride?
Tires and maybe bearings ...Humma Hah
May 22, 2003 4:26 AM
Its a good idea to inspect the tires for little glass chips ... riding in the rain stirs up glass and makes punctures more likely, plus puddles hide stuff you'd ordinarily avoid.

Turn everything that turns and listen for a gritty noise. That's a clear indication that it's time for some heavier bearing maintenance. If you're overdue for a teardown and lube, a rainy ride is a good motivator to catch up.

Many BB and wheel bearings today are sealed and require no maintenance, but not all. The sealed ones might need the seals wiped clean. Seals rob a little energy, so some high-performance fair-weather bikes stick with unsealed but cleanable bearings, and they're common on older bikes.
water in the frame?jw25
May 22, 2003 5:46 AM
After a rainy ride, I like to pop the seatpost out and hang the bike by the front wheel. Seems like no matter what I do, a little always seeps in, and while it's an aluminum frame, I'd rather not have anything in there.
To make finding the proper saddle height faster, I wrap a turn of electrical tape around the post just above the clamp, so I can slide it in that far, and I know it's set up right. Nashbar also makes rubber seals, that don't seal all that well, but stay put well enough to work the same way.
Other than that, bearings always deserve a check - especially the headset, since it's getting water thrown at it by the front tire.