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To ride or not.(13 posts)

To ride or not.lotterypick
Dec 5, 2003 12:25 PM
It's supposedly going to rain tomorrow and I'm dying to ride.

If I ride in the rain, what do I need to do when I get home to make sure the bike isn't damaged.

I've got a Trek 5500.

Thanks for your thoughts. Maybe you'll tell me to stay in.
Bikes can get wet, it won't hurt them,TJeanloz
Dec 5, 2003 12:30 PM
Though, you will save yourself some cleaning effort by wiping the crud off of things as soon as you get home. But there's nothing on a bike that needs to be done special because it was ridden in the rain. A little lube on the chain maybe; wipe off the standing water at the end - and you'll be fine.
Jimmy's Harborside and Bostonlotterypick
Dec 5, 2003 2:43 PM
Had a fine time in Boston. Did the Jimmy's Harboside. Had the House SPecial lobster with scallops, and stuff, baked with some crust.

Found out that I'd rather have plain lobster. I just couldn't enjoy the baked crumbs on top. they blocked my view of the real stuff I was looking for and I didn't want to get overloaded with crumbs. I want the meat baby!

It was a good restaurant and the hostess was like a younger Ashley Judd. Very nice.

Driving in the west rural area to get to sudbury was tough. My crappy rental car didn't have an internal light that could be turned on. Meaning, the light only came on when the door was open.

I got to the hotel (Coach Hotel) in fine shape but late. Slept lousy (4-5 hours) and was up at 1 am PST, had my meeting (which rocked) and got back to Santa Barbara at 11PM. It was a long but fine day.

It was cold there. THe bike hightlight was: IT was freezing cold and dark when I get to Jimmy's. And when I leave (7:30ish) a guy on a bike rides by all in winter riding stuff. That guy is the man. Makes me feel like some weenie for not getting out because it's 40-50's. It was like 20 out there!

THanks for the referral on Jimmy's. It was great and the chowder was really good.
Bikes can get wet, it won't hurt them,Woof the dog
Dec 6, 2003 12:10 AM
i found if you seal around your seatpost with grease, NO water ever gets inside bb area. Its great.
ask that in belgium...colker1
Dec 5, 2003 12:35 PM
or in england, france, germany. places where cycling is big, where champions come from, where it's raining year round!
wipe the dirt from your chain with a rag and clean your brake pads. then have a beer.
Replace England with Holland and you've got yourself a post..nmchopper
Dec 5, 2003 12:39 PM
Ride! nmMB1
Dec 5, 2003 12:36 PM
I asked this same question some time backPmbH
Dec 5, 2003 12:37 PM
and I got the following advice from this forum for pre-rain-ride planning:

- Fenders! (Got em, love em)
- 25 or 28c tires for sure-footed handling in wet conditions
- Plenty of grease in the seat tube / seat post
- Grease all hex head bolts (prevent rust)
- Dr wiegler's frame saver for steel bikes

For afterwards, the only advice I got was to clean the bike.
From a Seattleitechopper
Dec 5, 2003 12:37 PM
Ride, you will feel even more invigorated because you braved the conditions. Don't worry about your bike, I usually pour a bucket of hot water to get the crud off then wipe down the bike. If it rains a lot where you live spend $300 and invest in a single speed, much easier to maintain in crappy weather.
re: To ride or not.PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 5, 2003 1:04 PM
Riding in the rain is actually enjoyable.I like it because I feel it's more relaxing and when you finish it gives you a little more satisfaction knowing you got a ride in and beat Mother Nature.Go for it.
With Dura-Ace BB?shrEd
Dec 5, 2003 1:07 PM
If so, I'd drain the BB area by taking the screw out of the BB cable guide...
$150 beater, fenders, wider tiresContinental
Dec 5, 2003 1:10 PM
Spend $150, get an old touring or sport bike with 28-32 mm tires or even 27 X 1 1/4, with room for fenders. It may become your favorite bike. My $150 80's raleigh keeps me riding all winter and in the rain and slop.
Bring the bike in outta the rain when you're done. ...PdxMark
Dec 5, 2003 3:29 PM
Everything else is gravy.