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Old 08-09-11, 11:28 PM   #1
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How much abuse can my hybrid take?

So i went to a local rail-trail with my girlfriend and got caught in an isolated deluge of rain. within seconds we were soaked to the bone and riding through muddy gritty terrain.

i've had this bike (a trek 7.3 fx) since 2007 and have coddled it with love and tenderness. Wiping it with diapers and singing it to sleep. maybe not that far but i definitely take good care of it.

This is the first time that i got caught in the rain on my bike (the bike has gone through rain on my bike rack while driving, but the mechanics of the bike haven't had to trek through anything more than a beautiful day)

but this situation got me thinking. How much abuse can my bike take? and should i worry about the drive train components? the chain was recently cleaned and oiled so i don't know if i should clean the drive train again.

also, am i insane for worrying so much about this?
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Old 08-10-11, 02:38 AM   #2
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Every bike should be taken care of for obvious reasons - and that is to keep components running! So, there is really no limit for maintenance. But, your bike can handle a soakening without any damage. Today hubs are sealed for instance. Most bikes go through the years without any maintenance and they keep rolling. But it is a bit annoying when your favourite piece of transport have a slice of wear & tear. Mind you, my beater bike (hybrid 2003) has seen just about everything (includes serious neglect on my part) and the Acera group has proved to be my most valuable piece of cycle equipment I own. And I´ve got more bikes and more expensive gadgets to compare with (and they´ve never been neglected). Clean up and go!
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Old 08-10-11, 05:06 AM   #3
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No, I don't think you are worrying too much about your bike. The better you take care of it, the longer it will last. Living in Florida means rain on a daily basis during the summer months. The only things I really worry about are the steel parts of the bike, like the bolts and the handlebar on my hybrid. Along with the bike, those get wiped down with some extra care after each rain. I also degrease the drivetrain and re-lube it if it's muddy. Although I can't avoid it, I really hate a lot of grit in my drivetrain.
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but this situation got me thinking. How much abuse can my bike take?
Most bikes can take more abuse than their owners realize. I can't imagine that you've done anything to your bike that can't be resolved by some cleaning.

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and should i worry about the drive train components? the chain was recently cleaned and oiled so i don't know if i should clean the drive train again.
If you have mud and grit, then I'd rinse or wipe it away. I actually hate getting caught out in the rain, not because of damage to the bike, but because it's just such a pain to clean away the resulting mud and grit that seems to get everywhere.

If you use oil-based lube on your chain, you might not need to relube, but it won't hurt to do so if you're in doubt.
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I have 26" knobbies om my Cdale bad rigid boy and take it to the local MTb trails. No problems as long as I rinse it off well afterwards. The park provides a bike cleaning station to use.
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also, am i insane for worrying so much about this?
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