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    shifting in the rain

    I thought that I needed a r/derailleur adjustment, but yesterday in the rain, the shifting was clean...no hesitation. What's the deal with this?

    On another note, how do you ensure that the chain and cassette, most importantly, don't rust? It's impossible to absorb all moisture, given the grease...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlamanna View Post
    I thought that I needed a r/derailleur adjustment, but yesterday in the rain, the shifting was clean...no hesitation. What's the deal with this?

    On another note, how do you ensure that the chain and cassette, most importantly, don't rust? It's impossible to absorb all moisture, given the grease...

    Thanks,
    Ryan
    Spray it with WD40 to get rid of the water, then relube using your preferred lubricant
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    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04jtb View Post
    Spray it with WD40 to get rid of the water, then relube using your preferred lubricant
    Personally, I would advise against that, as I think the WD-40 would be likely to break down the existing lubricant in the chain innards, leaving the hard-to-lube areas of the chain completely dry.

    I would say don't worry about your chain getting wet; as long as you lube it pretty often (preferably a wet lube) you'll prevent rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlamanna View Post
    I thought that I needed a r/derailleur adjustment, but yesterday in the rain, the shifting was clean...no hesitation. What's the deal with this?On another note, how do you ensure that the chain and cassette, most importantly, don't rust? It's impossible to absorb all moisture, given the grease...

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    Water is a lubricant. It lubed your drive train temporarily while you were riding in the rain. So you need to lube your chain more often.

    I apply a small amopunt of lubricant to the chain after almost every time I ride, then wipe off the excess before the next ride.
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    Maybe the rain washed off all the spilled Slurpee's etc?

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    gold medal lube, apply when shifting gets a little sticky/your drivetrain looks a little out of maintenance. Just hose on a healthy dose until its well coated and then wipe off the sides of the chain with a rag to prevent dirt from accumulating.
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    I agree that that WD-40 is NOT good. It is basically a solvent. Lube the chain about every 200 miles with a good quality chain lube, not petroleum based, not triflow. Letting the bike sit after a ride in the rain will get a little surface rust. Relube will eliminate this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kycycler View Post
    I agree that that WD-40 is NOT good. It is basically a solvent. Lube the chain about every 200 miles with a good quality chain lube, not petroleum based, not triflow. Letting the bike sit after a ride in the rain will get a little surface rust. Relube will eliminate this.
    If it is in relation to my post, I did say relube afterwards

    WD40 stands for: Water Displacement- 40th Formula, and I said use that to get rid of water, then relube using your favourite lube

    Quote Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40
    WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, 40th formula. Larsen was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion by displacing water, and arrived at the formula on his 40th attempt.
    edit: I also agree WD40 is not a lube
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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