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    Fording Depth

    I crossed the Huron River on my Trek 6000 yesterday. Literally

    Actually I was in a shallow section near a canoe livery and when the water got to just under a half a meter (like 1.5 feet) and covered the BB I chickened out and held the bike over my head and walked across (the guys on the canoes were like "wtf?").

    How deep is "too deep" for water fording? The bottom bracket on my bike is supposed to be sealed and I made sure to bounce the bike up and down till the components were relatively dry.

    Is there a protocol for fording water in terms of what kind of equip you should be using and how you take care of it after the ride or is fording generally off limits?

    PS - I was glad that I was wearing quick drying lycra and I had disk breaks so I could stop before the water depth dropped to almost .75 meters or so Close one with a dark section of the crossing@!

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    Keep going, water won't hurt it. Just make sure to dry it off and re-lube it afterwards.

    I've personally ridden through creeks where the water has been well above my front dérailleur.

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    When I was a kid I used to ride my bmx bike through creeks, over the hubs and bottom bracket. Of course it had rebuildable bearings, and needed a rebuild immediately afterward.

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    I've ridden through probably 3 feet of water.. It is a small section of trail after a downhill... it is probably about 10 feet wide. You have to be going fast for it, the bottom is sandy and its hard to pedal.

    I assume as deep as you can go as long as the current doesn't take you over and you can still keep up speed. Don't forget to lube.

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    ive dropped my bike completly submerged in water it still rides like a champ just let it dry and relube no biggy

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