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Old 12-29-07, 08:35 PM   #1
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replace rusted chain??

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?
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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.

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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.
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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?
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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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