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Old 08-28-07, 11:10 AM   #1
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Bike left in the rain?

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Old 08-28-07, 11:20 AM   #2
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Is your bike a nice lugged-steel vintage Serotta? Or do you ride an aluminum mountain bike? Generally, when I've had to leave a bike in the rain, I leave the steel bikes at home and make sure that I tie a plastic bag around the seat. Wipe it down when you're back home. It should be fine.
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Whether you leave your bike out in the rain or ride it in or after rain, it's going to get wet. Lube/maintain your bikes mechanical parts so that they're prepared for it, get a saddle cover for when you park outside (a plastic bag works just fine for my Brooks) and that'll be it, I'd say.

Though I don't like to leave my bike outside in the rain, I know it's not going to be a big deal - all I make sure I do is (as with every lockup) remove all my lights/computer junk. And, of course, the bag over my Brooks saddle.
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Constant exposure to sun and rain is hard on a number of components but if you are using the bike regularly and you keep up on the maintenance, including lubing all the bare metal parts, it should last for a long time. Boeshield T9 claims to be designed by the aircraft industry for just this type of protection.

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I ride my bike every work day, rain or shine. At work it gets to be parked inside the garage where its nice and dry, but at home I have to leave it out. I just make sure that I cover my brooks saddle. I use a shower cap.

I also clean and lube the thing every weekend. In the winter I use a dry teflon lube. In the summer I use White Lightening.
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Old 08-28-07, 01:41 PM   #7
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Can we revisit exactly why it's "infeasible" to ride from your house to school?
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yep - also NOT commuting...
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5) Any other approaches y'all would recommend?
Buy a used beater. Squirt some WD-40 on it on occasion. For riding around on campus it should be enough.
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Great news that you're commuting!

Like everyone says, regular lubrication and a plastic bag over the saddle on wet days are all most bikes need. After all, what good is a commuter that no-one can commute on because the weather is too precious?
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