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    Caring for a road bike soaked from rain

    I've ridden through some downpours lately and I'm curious about caring for my bike afterwards.

    Typically I'll wipe the entire frame, handlebars, seat, derailleur externals and rims down with paper towels, and give the chain a quick wipe. Bounce the bike on the ground for a minute to shake off excess moisture from the drive train. Then if I'm at home re-lube the chain.

    I've given up on the idea of a foul weather bike and I just ride my Ridley every day now. Is there anything else I should do to care for it after riding in heavy rain?

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    Maybe yearly bottom bracket/hub maintenance? I don't think there is anything special you need to be doing.
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    I just shake the bike to remove excess of water, and leaving it to dry by itself. I'm lubing the chain next day.
    It's an aluminum bike with either stainless steel or aluminum components, so I don't worry much about it.

    The only thing you will have to do differently if you ride a lot in wet - cleaning and/or repacking bearings, depending on what you have. Lubing things more often won't hurt...

    I stopped blowing water out from components with compressed air, when I spilled bunch of a week old water form the frame when I was moving it to my car. I was riding 5 or 6 days with all the water trapped in the frame before I found it out

    Keeping it clean is more important than keeping it dry IMO.

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    IMO bicycles are outdoor vehicles and should be able to handle rain without any issues. Certainly the painted frame and decent bare metal parts can so no care is needed unless you don't want it to dry dirty or with water spots.

    Some parts are more vulnerable to water, such as chains, steel hardware and bearings. I believe that the best cure is prevention, so I use lubes that can tolerate wet and protect these parts. I also periodically spray plated steel parts with a protectant such as WD-40.

    The above not withstanding, some hubs, bottom brackets, headsets and pedals are more weather tolerant than others, so what you bike needs depends on the specifics. Here you can be guided by experience and specifics. If you do lots of wet riding, shorten your maintenance interval accordingly.
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    Spray bike down with a couple of full water bottles to get road gunk off and brake tracks/pads clean.

    Wipe as dry as possible, including chain, with old towels used for that purpose along with bouncing bike to shake water loose.

    Takes a couple of minutes. I'll relube the chain later after it's completely dry.
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    Get a $1.99 spray bottle from WalMart and a gallon can of WD-40. Much cheaper than the aerosol cans.

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    I replace all cables, housing, pads, and fluid then run everything else through a degreasing bath, soak rinse, spray rinse, bake it in the autoclave, and hang dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
    I replace all cables, housing, pads, and fluid then run everything else through a degreasing bath, soak rinse, spray rinse, bake it in the autoclave, and hang dry.
    Monthly...or every ride? The baking is new to me - might have to add that in to my routine.
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    A leaf blower is a great way to get rid of wetness in a hurry.

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