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Old 07-08-05, 09:08 AM   #1
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Riding in the rain, the real story...?

So i know messengers ride rain or shine, and most races happen that way as well. And you have your rain gear, and your fenders....but when it comes down to it...is riding in the rain safe for your bike? I know alot of fixies don't even have spots to drain in the bottom brackets. Does a simple wipe down keep you worry free or are there other precautions you should take?
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Old 07-08-05, 09:13 AM   #2
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Boegaard or framesaver is your friend. When installing seatpost and stem, make sure to use liberal amounts of grease so as to create a grease-barrier to stop water from getting into the tubes. Car wax will help protect the paint. Make sure to wipedown at the end of the day, and if possible, remove the stem and seatpost after a heavy rain day.
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Old 07-08-05, 09:22 AM   #3
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And drill a hole in the BB shell. Watching the crap that drains out of one with such a hole will convince you that you need to put such holes in everything doesn't already have 'em.
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Old 07-08-05, 03:28 PM   #4
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not to be too dense, but would such a hole also make it a lot easier for crap (sand and grit, not just water) to get into your bb?
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i wouldn't go drilling any holes in my frames if they weren't there already.

use framesaver and after really wet rides, pull your seatpost out and let things dry out overnight.
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Sure, a hole might make it easier for stuff to get up in your BB... on the other hand, where's that stuff coming from? The crap from the front wheel should be mostly settled by then. And with a sealed BB, you don't really have to worry at all because the stuff that gets up there isn't really getting in, but that water will do some damage to your frame and quite possibly the BB as well.

Bottom bracket drainage holes are pretty standard practice and if you look around, you'll see a lot of frame come with them stock.
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The installation instructions that come with Campy BB's actually suggest drilling a drainhole in the BB shell if the frame doesn't have one.
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Marcus at Yojimbo's does this for all frames he sells or will do it if you get a BB installed with him. Oh, plus he applies framesaver too. It's standard practice for any frame he sells .
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