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Old 05-10-09, 09:57 AM   #1
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bike maintenance after riding in the rain

i've never had a multigear bicycle... always used whatever was laying around in the yard... but a couple of years ago, i decided i was old and mature enough to get a decent bicycle, so i splurged a bit and bought a mid priced unit at a lbs... i love it!

the past 2 or 3 years here, we've had drought conditions, so i've not had to worry about getting the bike wet... (exceptin' fer my sweatin' on it) but the last couple of weeks, i've ridden in the rain almost every day... it just wouldn't let up... today looks dry and so does the upcoming week...

i'm sure i need to do some TLC... cleaning, lubrication, etc...

i keep it in the garage so its dried out pretty quickly... no rusting...

i know, i could look it up but you guys are much more fun!!! and quicker too!!!


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Old 05-10-09, 10:48 AM   #2
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IMHO- maintenance done before the rain is what counts and determines what needs to be done after the rain. After a real hard rain, i use to hang up my trek 520 by the front wheel- usually some water seeps out. while it is hanging, I spin the crank and spray the chain with WD40, wipe it off with a toothbrush size brass brush and wipe it dry. Got a new chain earlier this season and tried Boeshield, which seems to make the chain run quieter & cleaner- the chain has not shown any signs of rust from our recent and on-going monsoon. Since Boeshield, have not been doing the wd40 treatment, still make sure water drains from my frame and rub the rims off to remove any grit, also from the brake pads.
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Lightly hose it down with either an actual hose (on a very light spray setting) or a spray bottle. Wipe it down, rinse again if necessary, then dry it. That's all you need to do, really. You don't really need any chain maintenance after every ride, unless you use a wax product. If that's the case, you need to rewax it.

It's not a bad idea to wipe off the rims and check the brake pads to remove any grit that might be on them.

You can do this outside, on a balcony or if necessary, by standing the bike in the bathtub.

If you know you're going to ride in the rain, you can easily prevent water from entering the frame by putting a little white bike grease where the seat post enters the seat tube, and also block off the opening right behind the seat lug or whatever you have with the grease. I do the same with my traditional quill stem.
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Old 05-10-09, 01:55 PM   #4
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Your best friend after a wet ride is WD40 or the like to displace water.

Wash down the bike and shake- then clean the chain with degreaser or whatever you use and wash that out. Take the wheels out and get the WD. Release cable outers and wash the inners with WD. WD on the chain and the deraillers and then work onto the Brake pivots and the gear changers.

In fact- anything that has a pivot or is made of steel or any other material that would corrode is sprayed with WD.

If the wet and dirt from the ride hasn't got into everything- then hosing it down will have done.

It rains alot in the UK so I buy the WD in 5 litre cans and a separate sprayer. 5L lasts me about 2 years.
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Old 05-10-09, 02:47 PM   #5
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I thought WD-40 was not good for the chain.
Good for getting rid of the water in the chain- Then lubricate with your normal chain lube.
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you guys are great... i'll do that before i go out today... i wasn't aware that wd40 wasn't good for the chain though... i've used it 'fore on my old rides... i'll grab up some chain lube when i get back to the shop...

maybe we'll get a break from the monsoon this week, the rain % are down in the 20's with light amounts predicted... as i said, we've been in a drought situation here for 2 to 3 years, so i dislike complaining too loudly, i don't want to hex us... but on the other hand, it sure was nice only having to mow the grass once a month now its every 4 days if you can find it dry enuff to mow!

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hmm... What does the WD in WD-40 stand for?










































































Water Displacement?
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