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How should one prep a bike for rain?(5 posts)

How should one prep a bike for rain?PmbH
Nov 6, 2003 10:50 AM
I've decided that this winter I'm not going to let the foul weather stop me from riding. I have an old bike that will be used exclusively for the winter, and I'd like to hear everyone's tips for how I should prep it. My first thoughts are:

Kool-Stop salmon brake pads
All synthetic saddle
Liberal application of Phil grease to anything that might rust
Fenders

Any other ideas? How does cork tape stand up to wet conditions?
Thanks,
re: rain?Fredrico
Nov 7, 2003 8:15 AM
Go for it. First line of defense is fenders. They also keep dirty water from the road off the bottom race of the headset, the one that gets brinelled, extending it's life by alot.

Next, 28C tires, or 25C as a compromise. Anything narrower isn't sure footed enough on wet, sandy, slick roads. The last thing you want on a freezing, wet day is a flat.

Cork tape is waterproof, so is okay, if a bit difficult to clean up. That Benotto slick plastic tape worked the best, but it provided no cushioning, easily split or shredded in a crash, and ain't much around now.

Lots of grease on the seatpost-seattube connection, but other than that, just keep the chain clean and lubed.

Also put a coat of wax all over the frame and components, and wipe off the bike when you get home.
Agree w/Fredrico--but start with fenders.Silverback
Nov 7, 2003 11:04 AM
Fenders make a HUGE difference, enough that if you can't work out some way to fit them on the bike you plan to use, I'd consider looking around (Salvation Army?) for a different frame. In the rare short rains we get where I live, I prefer a poncho to a raincoat and pants. Fenders keep the water off the lower part of you, the poncho keeps it off the top, and air can circulate underneath.
grease your nutsJS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2003 11:25 AM
ok, grease your bolt heads, but i wanted to put "grease your nuts" in the subject line.

I coat the inside of my hex bolt heads with a waterproof grease year-'round. on most, once you apply hex wrench a couple times, the finish wears off and even a little condensation promotes rust. grease in the bolt heads will prevent this.
drChazWicked
Nov 7, 2003 12:09 PM
use dr wiegler's frame saver if it's a steel frame