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Post rain-ride bike cleanup checklest.... any advice?(12 posts)

Post rain-ride bike cleanup checklest.... any advice?funknuggets
Jun 23, 2003 9:55 AM
Well, my attempt at outrunning a severe thunderstorm didn't quite work as well as planned. Caught me several miles out and so got plenty of wet miles in. I dont mind it, as long as the lightning isnt too close and it isnt hailing. My major hatred for rain, however is cleaning up the bike. What do you guys do if you get caught in the rain to clean up the bike. I have a carbon Look and an aluminum fondy, so Im not that worried about the frame, per se, but just wanted to know if there were any tried and true rituals that you all go through to properly wipe down the bike afterwards... I don't have a checklist and always feel like Im neglecting or forgetting something. I have a significant amount invested in the suckers and would like to keep them well maintained. Any thoughts outside of the standard... wipedown, dry and lube chain, pedals and cables?

Thanks in advance.
Personally - none....PdxMark
Jun 23, 2003 10:03 AM
I ride in the rain alot. I don't wipe down anything. Ti, Al, steel bikes... I keep my chains cleaned & oiled, in general, and I haven't had any problems. I'm sure I'm doing it wrong, but the only "problem" so far has been some rust forming inside the allen heads of the stem faceplate on one bike. If I were drying the bikes after each ride, I'm pretty sure I'd have missed that spot.

Others will tell you the right thing to do.
re: Post rain-ride bike cleanup checklest.... any advice?LC
Jun 23, 2003 10:12 AM
after the chain:

take the seatpost out and flip the bike upside down

valve at the bottom and let the air out of the tires

lube brake and deraileur pivots

put your shoes in front of a fan
Newspaper in the shoes works even better nmPdxMark
Jun 23, 2003 10:13 AM
2nd the newspaper in the shoes.dzrider
Jun 23, 2003 10:34 AM
I lube cables where they go in or out of housings.

Shift bike onto small chainring and small cog and leave it there til the next ride.
re: Post rain-ride bike cleanup checklest.... any advice?03Vortex
Jun 23, 2003 10:16 AM
The most important is the chain (especiallly if it gets gritty and then it should be cleaned) and then all moving parts to keep things lubed. As for me, I keep my bike as clean as possible and in the event of rain (which has also happened several times this year), I actually give the entire bike a bath and of course re-lube. Perhaps more than needed but I am into preventive maintenance.
Look at the bright sideFez
Jun 23, 2003 10:22 AM
Use it as an opportunity to look over, wipe down and relube everything. Everything is already damp so cleaning crud off rims tires and frame is easy. If its really bad, then use a bit more water to loosen crud and grit off frame tubes and other areas where it gets kicked up.

If you keep everything nice and clean for starters, then cleaning up after a wet ride is easy.

Lube and inspect drivetrain (chain, rings, cogs) and pivot points (brakes, cables).
re: Post rain-ride bike cleanup checklest.... any advice?PEDDLEFOOT
Jun 23, 2003 10:41 AM
Wash it or at least rinse it while it's still wet.Don't let it dry off before you decide to clean it.All the road and trail crap that stuck to it will then be almost epoxyed to the frame and will cause you to have a much harder job.
Very littleDropped
Jun 23, 2003 11:06 AM
I think you will find that people who ride a lot in the rain probably do less "post rain" maintenance than those who live in dryer places. Why? Because we've learned it's not that big of a deal.

I use a hose to wash off all of the crap that's stuck to the bike. Then, I dry the drive train and lube up everything that moves. That's it.
Not much...Gregory Taylor
Jun 23, 2003 11:22 AM
I have a "rain" bike that I use for wet commutes. After I roll up into the shed, I bounce the bike a few times to shake of the excess water. Lean bike against workbench. Retreat to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. Stick clothes in the washer, put newspaper in shoes, and take a shower to clean the road crap off of my legs. Read newspaper, converse with family. Go to bed.

The next day, I lightly oil and wipe down the chain. Some spray lube gets directed to the derailleurs, cables, and pedal mechanisms. If it was really wet, I'll take the seat post out and drain any water that may be lurking in the seat tube. Check brake pads for condition. Any dirt, dried worms, slugs, etc., stuck on the frame is strictly an aesthetic issue. Total time: 15 minutes.
Pre rain-ride advice:bicyclerepairman
Jun 23, 2003 11:59 AM
I found that spray from my rear wheel was entering the frame through the hole in the brace that joins the chainstays behind the bottom bracket...essentially filling the frame up to the level of that hole. My unsealed bearings were drowning, and, as Neil Young posited, "rust never sleeps". Seal that hole with a wrap or two of electrical tape (available in colors). Then, just in case water is finding its way in through another path, drill and tap a hole in the bottom center of your bottom bracket for a 10x32 (or larger) very short machine thread screw. Screw in said screw with a small wrap of teflon tape. Now you have a convienent drain (and you don't need to mess with pulling out the seat post). Warning: this post is not for those of you concerned about the bike's warrany!
Pre rain-ride advice:UcannotBsirius
Jun 23, 2003 1:32 PM
I live in the UK, where it's a case of ride in the rain or don't ride much at all!!

I recently bought an alu / carbon bike but have been riding steel for the last 8 years. My 531 frame has been used all year round in that time in all weathers. After wet rides it gets hung up in the cellar. Next day I will clean and lube the drive chain, clean the rims, and if it's not really filthy, that's it. Frame is still going strong and have never had a problem with bottom brackets, hubs etc.

Like a previous post said, if you ride in the rain a lot I think you tend to worry about it less that those that do occasionally.