Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-21-07, 11:57 AM   #1
edl
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
riding in rain

hi all - new - first post - want to ride in rain and want have a good routine to care for bike when done - somethings are clear - use water (without force) to remove mud debris - and then? - soap? - spray cleaner of some kind? - and then? - lube? what product? - only one for everything? different ones for different parts? - again, this is not a major overhaul, just a prudent routine for ordinary maintaince after a ride in the ride - many thanks!! stephen
edl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-07, 12:11 PM   #2
Stacey
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
 
Stacey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 9,162
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)



Oh yeah, welcome to BF!
__________________
Stacey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-07, 12:19 PM   #3
Steev
Senior Member
 
Steev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Backwoods of Ontario
Bikes:
Posts: 2,150
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are you talking road or mountain riding. I commute way too much in the rain on the road. The only stuff I do is frequent chain clean and lube regimen and cleaning the road grime from the rims and brake pads. You will probably need to replace cables and housing more frequently, at least once a season, way more for the loop from the chain stay to the RD.
Steev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-07, 01:33 PM   #4
waterrockets 
Making a kilometer blurry
 
waterrockets's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin (near TX)
Bikes: rkwaki's porn collection
Posts: 26,130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
After any rain ride I drip a llot water over the bike with no pressure, blast the brake pads with high pressure (even just with a water bottle if that's all I've got around), then let it dry. Once dry, I lube the chain.

If, on the next ride, my brakes are grinding, I will pull the wheels, open the brakes, and pry out the debris with my pocket knife.

That is all.
waterrockets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-07, 01:52 PM   #5
tellyho
Your mom
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wipe down, clean the brake pads, regular chain wipe and lube.
tellyho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-07, 02:49 PM   #6
astrodaimler
Remember Wool Shorts?
 
astrodaimler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Irvine
Bikes: Gios Torino, Lemond Zurich, Giant
Posts: 502
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wait for the rain to wash my bike.
astrodaimler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 05:20 PM   #7
scarmando
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i typically avoid riding in the rain if possible, even though i like to do it. the clean up is such a pain.

but absolutely the most important thing is cleaning that chain/drivetrain
scarmando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 08:18 PM   #8
filly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 110
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i don't ride in the rain. i'm too anal about cleanup, so it's too much of a chore for me.
filly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 08:50 PM   #9
rubic
Slogging along
 
rubic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: San Fernando Valley, SoCal
Bikes: Cannondale Synapse '06, Mongoose titanium road bike '00--my commuter. Yes, Mongoose once made a decent ti road bike.
Posts: 1,148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ride in socal. We hardly have any rain
rubic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 09:46 PM   #10
Gravity Worx
Parts Guy
 
Gravity Worx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boise, ID USA
Bikes: several
Posts: 227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
clean and lube the chain with a good oil based lube.
The dry lubes just don't do so well in the wet.
Get some good stainless cables and go fully housed.
That exposed cable sucks in the rain and mud.
I like to wipe the cables downwhen doing assembly and maintenence with an extremely light coat of chain lube too as it makes them repell water.
Keep the derailleures clean.
simple green is a great cleaner for after the rides.

Your maintenence will definately be more frequent with a steady diet of foul weather.
I know from years of racing around the Pacific NW that there is some definate maintenence issues that come about when riding/racing in foul weather.
Gravity Worx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-07, 10:22 PM   #11
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,292
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Fenders
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-07, 12:57 PM   #12
i_r_beej
Portland, OR
 
i_r_beej's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes: Cannondale: '94 R400; Lemond Poprad '06; Specialized Epic Marathon '06; Specialized Stumpjumper '89; Redline Proline Pro Cruiser '10
Posts: 318
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As you can see, frequent re-lubrication of the chain is pretty important.

I live in Portland, Oregon. Lots of rain. Not quite as much as Seattle is famed for, but almost!

After riding in the rain, I plug in my air-compressor. While it's running, I quickly run low-pressure water over my bike, from top to bottom and try to stay away from the seat-post collar and headset. I have a set of Park Tool cleaning brushes. I may use one of these to dislodge heavy road-grime from the bottom bracket or down-tube. I don't bother with soap-- next ride will likely be just as wet and messy. Even when mud is involved, soap is a waste. The bike will get dirty in another couple of days.

Once I'm finished rinsing the majority of the dirt off the bike, i bring the air-compressor over and blow-dry the chain. I direct the air from the cog-side of the chain to blow contaminants OUT of the chain.

The rest of the bike gets a quick wipe down with a shop towel.

I apply ProLink Gold lube to the chain. It hold up really well in all kinds of weather and beats the tar out of anything else I've used (Pedro's SynLube, White Lightening wax-based stuff, Finish Line, A.T.B.). It is a liquid that penetrates the link and rollers quickly.

This whole procedure takes maybe 10 minutes. Considering that this gets done after every ride during the winter months I don't want to spend a disporportionate amount of time cleaning every little nook and cranny and getting the bike sparkly clean.

Important point: A little bit of clean done regularly goes a long way. Focus on the drive components-- cassette, chain, cranks, derailleurs.

Once spring is firmly in place and it's not raining constantly, THEN the bikes all come out for a soapy spring cleaning complete with silicone polish (Pedro's Bike Lust spray). I use plain liquid dishwashing soap (a generic equivalent of Dawn) to clean the bike. Cuts grease and oil, non-toxic, and leaves my hands oh-so-soft. Plus makes everything smell apple-y or lemon-y, depending on the soap i use.
i_r_beej is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:59 AM.