I was on the Great Allegheny Passage last week for three days from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. Two of the three days were rain, including one day of 6 hours of straight rain. On top of that, one night my bike was put away wet in a damp garage and the other it was outside on a porch. Bottomline, the bike was wet for almost 48 hours. Despite stopping to get my chain lubed, it became noisy and rusty after 2 hours of riding in the sun.
Since this was my first overnight tour and definitely a learning experience, I'm looking for expert advice on what I should have done to better protect my ride, especially the chain and drivetrain. All suggestions and comments gratefully accepted!
At this point, I'm considering just replacing the chain and having a SRAM PowerLink installed.
The ride was fun, but the rain really put a damper on things and slowed me down. Not to mention the aggressive, abrasive nature of the limestone grit on the brake pads and wheel rims.
Worst of all, I didn't get as many photos as I would have liked, since my camera wasn't weather-proof! But that last day, in full sunshine, on the long drop from the Continental Divide to Cumberland was made it all worthwhile....