Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Miami, Florida
    Posts
    127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Caring for your bike after rain rides

    I want to hear what to do to your bike after you ride in the rain.

    3 scenarios, please touch on each one and make it clear.


    A) It's a light rain, no puddles.


    B) It's a moderate rain, puddles, you get your shirt a little bit wet.


    C) It's a tropical mansoon, very very wet. You are wet, your undies are wet, you are socked.

  2. #2
    Been Around Awhile I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Burlington Iowa
    My Bikes
    Vaterland and Ragazzi
    Posts
    19,835
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    I want to hear what to do to your bike after you ride in the rain.

    3 scenarios, please touch on each one and make it clear.


    A) It's a light rain, no puddles.


    B) It's a moderate rain, puddles, you get your shirt a little bit wet.


    C) It's a tropical mansoon, very very wet. You are wet, your undies are wet, you are socked.
    a/ Nothing
    b/ Nothing
    c/ Nothing

  3. #3
    Administrator Allen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Atomic batteries to power; turbines to speed
    My Bikes
    Salsa La Raza, Panasonic Electric, Bria, Bamboo touring, Bamboo cargo
    Posts
    4,701
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    For all three:
    Shake the water off your bike, change clothes, oil your chain before you ride again.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Miami, Florida
    Posts
    127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I heard something about oiling the drive train after rain rides. Anything? I have aluminum bike, with Shimano 27 speed..

    If not for rain, when would you oil things? I love my bike, caring for it is not a big deal, in fact productive, since I'm using it instead of my mustang.




    PREVIOUS POSTER: how to oil chain? What kind of oil, motor oil good?

  5. #5
    Waiting for Summer ! soderbiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Sthlm , Sweden
    My Bikes
    E.Merckx Corsa extra PK Banken,E.Merckx Corsa extra TT,E.Merckx Strada,De Visini,Olmo Gentleman,Peugeot PA-10,E.Merckx Corsa extra Team Issue,Nishiki Olympic Royale,Nishiki Olympic
    Posts
    754
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i would say just basic maintenance ... if it needs help ( making noises , visual signs of , HEy that doesnt look right ) then repair it . go to your LBS and check out what products they suggest and WHY . ask questions , we are all here to learn something , i hope .
    Cheers T
    1989 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra|1991 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra
    1991 Eddy merckx Corsa Extra Time trials|1992 Eddy Merckx Strada
    1994 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra|1998 Eddy Merckx MX Leader
    2006 Trek 5.2 SL|2009 Trek Portland
    2009 On-One Il Pompino|Going to order a Independent Fabrications

  6. #6
    Senior Member edp773's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Illinios
    My Bikes
    2004 Giant Cypress, 2006 Trek 7.3 FX, 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo
    Posts
    1,143
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A.) nothing
    B.) Avoid puddles, wipe off bike with rag
    C.) Wipe off bike, wipe off drivetrain, and put where it will dry well. Then oil drivetrain with Finish Line chain oil.
    Born Again Bicyclist! I found my Faith.

    Giant Cypress, GF Wahoo, Trek 7.3FX, Schwinn Sprint

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,274
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    a) nothing
    b) nothing
    c) relube my chain. Spray off the excess dirt off of my bike.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Miami, Florida
    Posts
    127
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I might have to pedal to LBS to get Chain Oil. Can use WD-40 as a substitude before I ride there?


    It's didn't get too soaked, I'd say a light B.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Brookline, MA
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A) Nothing
    B) I run a rag over the frame and drivetrain. If the chain needs oil, I oil it.
    C) I run a rag over the frame and drivetrain. I sometimes take the seatpost out and leave the bike upside-down in the stand to dry, then re-grease the seat tube. If the chain needs oil, I oil it.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Brookline, MA
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    I might have to pedal to LBS to get Chain Oil. Can use WD-40 as a substitude before I ride there?
    Don't use WD-40 on your chain. Is your chain squeaking like mad? If not, you can ride it to the shop. If so, you can probably still ride it to the shop

  11. #11
    tired donnamb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
    Posts
    5,660
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A) Nothing.

    B) Probably nothing. If I'm feeling energetic, I'll wipe my rims down.

    C) I'll wipe my rims down. If my bike is really full of crap, I'll wipe it down a bit so it doesn't sludge on the floor in the office.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

  12. #12
    Year-round cyclist
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Montréal (Québec)
    Posts
    3,023
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    3 scenarios [for riding in the rain], please touch on each one and make it clear.


    A) It's a light rain, no puddles.
    I wipe my tires to keep the floors clean, and then bring in my bike. Or if I park it outside, I put a plastic bag on the saddle.


    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    B) It's a moderate rain, puddles, you get your shirt a little bit wet.
    Ditto. And I won't have my shirt wet because I would have worn my rain coat.


    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    C) It's a tropical mansoon, very very wet. You are wet, your undies are wet, you are socked.
    Ditto, though I'm more likely to lift the bike until it reaches its destination in the boots bin. Then water will drop nicely over the day. And I won't be too wet because I'll have full rain gear.


    As for other maintenance, I'm likely to re-lube my chain a few weeks later because it will squeak.
    Michel Gagnon
    Montréal (Québec, Canada)

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    326
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A. I use the water left in my bottles to spray the sand and grit off the Bottom Bracket and Down Tube.

    B. I do the same as A, and give the chain a wipe, and probably re-lube it the next day.

    C. Same as A, with a full wash, wipe, and re-lube.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    93
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A. nothing
    B. nothing
    C. I may remove the seatpost to help dry out any water in bottom bracket (steel bike), re-lube

  15. #15
    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    SW Ontario
    My Bikes
    2005 Trek 6700 disc 2007 Orbea Onix 2009 Raleigh One Way
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    I want to hear what to do to your bike after you ride in the rain.

    3 scenarios, please touch on each one and make it clear.


    A) It's a light rain, no puddles.


    B) It's a moderate rain, puddles, you get your shirt a little bit wet.


    C) It's a tropical mansoon, very very wet. You are wet, your undies are wet, you are socked.
    A) Nothing
    B) Hang my shirt off the frame so that it dries.
    c) Hang up my wet undies off the frame so they dry.

  16. #16
    CRIKEY!!!!!!! Cyclaholic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    My Bikes
    several
    Posts
    4,206
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by djSlvt
    I want to hear what to do to your bike after you ride in the rain.

    3 scenarios, please touch on each one and make it clear.


    A) It's a light rain, no puddles.


    B) It's a moderate rain, puddles, you get your shirt a little bit wet.


    C) It's a tropical mansoon, very very wet. You are wet, your undies are wet, you are socked.
    you forgot the 4th scenario...

    D) Splashed by old man going through puddle whith his car trying to keep up with you at 40mph

    have you fixed your "3rd front gear" yet?
    There are 10 types of people in the world - the ones that can count in base 2, the ones that can't count in base 2, and the ones that didn't expect this to be in base 3.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •