Bicycle Mechanics - replace rusted chain??
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I was lazy and twice rode in a light rain without drying/lubing my chain. Now is has some surface rust in places, not over its entire length. Do I need to replace it or can I just lube and go? Thanks.
PS How can I get it really dry next time? A hairdryer?
Maybe replace if it is a fancy, finicky drivetrain. Otherwise, if you lube it up and ride it, then most of the rust will rub itself off.
I hit my chain with WD-40 when it gets soaked. Then let it dry out and give it a real lube.
12-29-07, 07:47 PM
Wipe it off, lube it and forget it. Next time you get caught in the rain just wipe it with a dry rag and relube right away.
WD-40 is actually good for wet chains as it displaces water so spray with WD-40 if you have some, wipe off the excess and add your regular lube.
I have a "rain bike" that get ridden only in bad weather. The chain has picked up minor surface rust several times with no harm.
Thanks for your advice! I'll just lube it and not worry since it's my commuter bike. I'll also start using wd40 per your suggestions.
I read where one guy coats the spoke nipples with vasoline so no water gets inside the wheel. Anyone else do that?
I read where one guy coats the spoke nipples with vasoline
I'm pretty sure that counts as getting to second base with your bicycle
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