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Rain and steel bikes- proper care?(9 posts)

Rain and steel bikes- proper care?globalhelipimp
Aug 12, 2003 1:34 PM
Well, as I'm sure many other RBR's know as well, the
northeast has been awful for riding these past two weeks.
I was planning on doing an enjoyable 25-mile ride when it
started to thunder, which then turned to lighting + thunder
+ pouring rain.

Anyway, my bike (Lemond Zurich) and I were soaked to the
bone, and I want to make sure I'm taking proper care of
her. I whiped the entire bike down with a towel, and plan
on re-lubing the chain in a bit. Anything else I should be


If You Must Ride In the Rain, Try ThisIndurain 03
Aug 12, 2003 2:53 PM
I run into this problem occasionally with my steel Bianchi. The main thing that you need to worry about is making sure that you thouroughly wipe down the bike. That includes the frame, cables, hubs, chain, derraileurs, cassette, everything. If you ride in the rain frequently (try to avoid), be absolutely anal about your cables and re-lubing in general.
re: Rain and steel bikes- proper care?LC
Aug 12, 2003 2:54 PM
Take the seatpost out and turn the frame upside down to drain the water out. Let the air out of the tires with the valves at the bottom and see if you got water in rims. That and oil on the chain is all I do for my rain bike...which is also steel.

If you got a Dura Ace BB then then you got to relube that too.
After 20+ years of riding in the rain. . .czardonic
Aug 12, 2003 3:08 PM
. . .and being stored in damp basements, a steel bike that I took apart two years ago last year had:
  • Superficial rust in the bottom of the down tube, above the BB.
  • Superficial rust in the BB threads that were not engaged by the BB.
  • Rust on the inside of the rims.
  • Rust in the upper headset cup.

    So other than wiping it down, those are the areas that I would pay attention to.
  • After 32+ years of neglect and rain ...Humma Hah
    Aug 12, 2003 3:24 PM
    ... including being left outdoors all year around for its first seven years, I've got about the same observations on mine.

    If you're paranoid about it, one of the rust proofing sprays designed to go down inside aircraft tubing to protect steel-framed aircraft could be used.
    at that rate...gtx
    Aug 12, 2003 3:27 PM
    I doubt you'll get more than another 100, 150 years out of that frame. ;)

    Just wipe the bike down, relube the chain. But you might want to make sure you have some kind of rust-preventative treatment on the inside of the tubes, whether it's Framesaver, Boeshield, oil, linseed oil, etc.
    Oh yeah. My family heirloom is now Framesaver-ed. (nm)czardonic
    Aug 12, 2003 3:40 PM
    Ya know ....toomanybikes
    Aug 12, 2003 4:10 PM
    I lived on the west Coast for about 25 years and rode nothing but steel bikes. Still have one of them, a 753 sweetheart that I can't part with, but it is close to 20 years old now.

    That bike has been ridden year round in all weather, for years and I think I even rubbed it down sometimes when I came in from a ride.

    Once or twice a year when you're doing tune up you put waterproof lithium grease in the threads and ball races, and that bike will outlive you, I guarantee it.

    It's steel! Like your car, or the Queen Mary! Love your bike, baby it cause it feels good, but don't get carried away. This old baby of mine will still outlive me and might have some SURFACE rust in the threads by then, but that's it.
    Wipe it down and bring it inside so it can dryMR_GRUMPY
    Aug 12, 2003 7:01 PM
    wipe the chain with a rag and relube. Re-do the framesaver every 5 years or re-treat with linseed oil every 2 years.
    one last thing. Shake the bike to see if it has water in the tubes.