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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-14-09, 07:44 AM   #1
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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!

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Old 08-14-09, 08:04 AM   #2
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Should be OK.
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Old 08-14-09, 08:17 AM   #3
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Should be OK.
Ditto that!
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Old 08-14-09, 09:33 AM   #4
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If you're worried, take it apart at home and rinse it, let it dry, and put a tiny bit of SILICONE grease (like Syl-Glide) on the o-ring.
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It should be fine. I would unscrew one end of the body, clean it out really good, and let it dry out before putting it back together. No biggie.
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As stated above, just take the pump apart and clean it out.

As for having water in your tubes, you have obtained nuetral bouyancy. From here on out you will be able to ride over puddles instead of through them.
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but remember to change the water in your tubes every 2000 miles for optimal fuel efficiency!
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Old 08-14-09, 11:31 AM   #8
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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!

Bau
My Salsa Casseroll came with SKS P-45 fenders. I know that you can get them from Harris Cyclery, Peter White, REI and probably elsewhere. I know that the P-45's are large enough for a 32's (that's what was stock on the bike), and the SKS site shows the P-45's fitting up to 700 x 37.

I just love having fenders
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but remember to change the water in your tubes every 2000 miles for optimal fuel efficiency!
...and be sure to check for short-circuits in your brake cables, too, since you're riding through all that water.
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Old 08-14-09, 03:08 PM   #10
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I also have SKS P45's. I run 700x32 most of the time and my 700x35 studded tires fit too. Those are a little tight, but they fit.
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