||08-14-09 07:44 AM
Potential Water Damage?
On my commuting rig I have my frame pump (Topeak Road Morph – awesome frame pump, it comes with Bautieri’s stamp of approval) mounted on the third bottle cage holder which is situated underneath the bottom of the down tube near the bottom bracket. Well the last week and a few days this week was pretty soggy (wet roads and light to moderate rain) and when I went to use the pump this morning I noticed that the handle was very difficult to pull up. I removed the head from the tube I was about to pump up and forced the pump handle back down. It proceeded to shoot sandy brackish water a good 20 feet. I've arrived at the conclusion that I need to mount the pump upside down in hopes that gravity will prevent water from pooling up in the pump and that I need to get a set of fenders. Also in a pinch a frame pump makes a handy squirt gun.
My question is if my pump has been ruined. It has probably had that water in it for a good week and it was sandy. After I got as much water out of it as I could it seemed to work ok. I was able to inflate the tube and get to work on time. The tube in my tire right now probably has some water in it (not much though), will this be ok or should I toss the tube as well? Any recommendations for fenders that will cover a 700x32 (I have the braze ons)?
Thanks and happy riding!