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    My pants used to fit me Wendell F's Avatar
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    Wet weather prep

    Seems that Seattle rain's finally showing up. I'm wondering what I should do to get my bike ready (parts to drip 3IN1 oil on/in? thicker chain lube?). I did a search here but most threads I found were about roadie post-rain measures (wash, dry, lube, massage, hot toddies, a nice movie). I'll be dealing with that from time to time but I'm looking for more prophylactic measures.

    FWIW, I don't expect to do more than 30 miles a week in the rain but my bike will be locked up from time to time.

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    Add fenders and don't clean your bike until july of next year, no point.
    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    If we're talking about a steel frame that sees the elements a lot this is a must:


    I reapply every 2 years.

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    If you really want to get into it, disassemble your bike down to the bearings and re-grease with a marine grade grease. Not much you can do with a cartridge BB other than remove, grease threads, re-install. If you got cartridge bearings in wheels and headset, schmear grease all over the outside of them; if you have sealed bearings in races or just loose bearings, re-pack with fresh grease.
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    Switch to wet lube. That's all.

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    My pants used to fit me Wendell F's Avatar
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    I already use Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube, so I guess I'm good there.

    What about brake pivots and whatnot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    Add fenders and don't clean your bike until july of next year, no point.
    this. just wipe down your chain every now and then and throw some lube on there when it starts to squeak. buy a new chain in the summer.

    less lube/grease = less places for dirt/grime to stick to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendell F View Post
    I already use Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube, so I guess I'm good there.

    What about brake pivots and whatnot?
    Drop of oil at all the pivot points every now and then. Don't forget the end of the spring where it slides against a brake arm. Replace your cables and housing in the Spring if they rust over the winter...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Brake pivots? Maybe, I don't worry about it though. Paul brakes with sealed bearings I will grease, but that open bushing stuff is just gonna get washed out. By locked up you mean outside right?

    As for what nots, other than brakes, there are no what nots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendell F View Post
    I already use Finish Line Ceramic Wet Lube, so I guess I'm good there.

    What about brake pivots and whatnot?
    Finish Line Ceramic Wet is great.

    Don't use 3-in-1 on anything, though (that stuff is garbage). Use Tri-Flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Finish Line Ceramic Wet is great.
    Srsly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    Finish Line Ceramic Wet is great.

    Don't use 3-in-1 on anything, though (that stuff is garbage). Use Tri-Flow.
    Ceramic wet on the chain and a couple of drop of tri-flow on the brake cable.

    Also dress warmer than you need to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    Add fenders and don't clean your bike until july of next year, no point.
    is right cuz right
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    crabon/campy/rapha/roadie-bro.

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