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    Can I leave the Bike out in the Rain If I cover the shifters?

    I have a cruiser that I am using for rehab and to lose weight. I also live in an apartment on the second level and carrying the bike up the stairway is killing my knee.
    Anyway, if I put some plastic over the shifter levers so they won't rust can I leave this thing out in the truck. It usually rains about once per week here during the summer.

    In other words what do I need to do to keep it rolling and working well?

    Thanks

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    Can you use a tarp/plastic to cover the entire bike?
    That would be better. Although humidity can and will induce rust.
    Keep the drivechain clean/lubed and other moving parts well lubed to help prevent rust.
    Al

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    If you want it to keep rolling and working well you are going to need to get some type of plastic cover for the whole bike. I would be the least worried about the shifters and more worried about the drivetrain.
    Everyone's a roadie, they just might not know it yet.

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    +1 on keeping the drivetrain lubed...

    but if it's a beater for getting in shape, you'll eventually want to get rid of it when you do get in shape, and you'll end up with a lightweight piece of bling bike that will be easy to hump up the stairs...

    heck, you'll probably end up looking so good, you'll then hook up with a hot-looking millionaire and will subsequently have a three-car garage with a full bike shop and stable of rides...

    so my advice is to put a plastic grocery bag over the seat so your a55 doesn't get wet if you want to ride the bike right after it rains - otherwise, don't worry...

    :-)

    p.s. rust adds character to a well-used bike... (however, i live on a saltwater peninsula, so i use as many stainless components [chain, cable, bolts] as possible)

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    It is a mid range beater I guess, it cost about 350.00, but I am already thinking about buying up once I lose the weight.

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