It's getting closer (August 20th I leave) and I'm starting to have new questions crop up, and they're all disparate enough that I figured I'd do a catch-all thread for the answers. Also I just got a new bike (2009 Surly LHT, hasn't been ridden yet) and want to start off on the right foot with it. Thanks guys!
#1. So I commute to work here in Tucson, AZ. I commute every day rain or shine because I got rid of my car to go bike-only (Tucson is pretty car friendly)
I have no problem riding in the heavy rain (In fact I enjoy it, cools things down quite a bit, and I shower when I get to work) but the rains here are monsoon rains, and the streets flood. Badly. I'm worried that much rain will destroy my bike. When riding, I sometimes have to go through DEEP puddles (they get up to my hubs). I've heard this will destroy the bottom bracket and hubs pretty much guaranteed, is this true? Also a concern is that the bike can't be brought inside while it's at work, so it might be sitting outside for some of these storms. It doesn't rain all day, it just pours for about an hour or so every day.
#2. I just got a new Brooks saddle, I haven't put it on yet. I got Proofide for it and I'm going to pretty much just follow Brooks' instructions on how to break it in. My question is for the rain and sun. I have the Brooks cover for it, but I'm not sure it's 100% waterproof. I can't bring my bike inside when I leave it at work, so I have 2 concerns. Is the saddle cover going to protect it from the HOT sun, and will it protect it from the occasional rainstorm that happens while it sits out there?
Actually those are the big two I can think of right now.