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Old 06-17-08, 03:02 PM   #1
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Wish i could do winter biking, but its impossible in this town.

But i our country they have so good economy that they dont know what to do with the money. Once we had a city chairman that only ate at hamburger joints, imagine that.
So when its winter the chairmans people must have someting to do so they employ people to drive around with special vehicles that they have bought. This vehicles is pouring salt in the streets.
My bike went from blue to white of salt when i got home. Even when its snow/ice free streets they cant stop doing it.
This could be a trick they use to sell more cars and bikes, i dont know.

What should we do with people like this?
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Old 06-18-08, 12:24 PM   #2
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They salt the drive ways in Finland too – it melts the ice very efficiently. But we have separate cycling/walking paths that are not salted but sanded. There are a couple of reasons why excessive salting should be avoided: 1. Salty slosh makes vehicles rust very fast – bikes and cars. 2. Salt spoils the soil.
If a local newspaper would make an article about the salting emphasizing how it makes cars rust very fast, this might have some effect - money rules. There are more sensible ways to apply salt – your city leaders should study how it’s made in Nordic countries for example.
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Old 06-18-08, 06:54 PM   #3
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One of my reasons for cycling in the winter is that the salt can do so much damage to my cars.

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Old 07-11-08, 01:53 PM   #4
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Replacing rusted bike parts is cheaper than replacing rusted car parts. Regardless of that, though, the truth is that if you run fenders and ride an aluminum-framed bike, all you really need to worry about is chain wear.
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Old 07-18-08, 03:02 PM   #5
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LitePacking you don't say where you are based.

If it is in a country where a motorcycle 'parts' company called scottoiler operates then get some scottolier FS365 protector spray from a motorcycle dealer. Clean you bicycle, spray said spray, repeat at every bicycle clean. Be amazed at state of bicycle at the end of the winter.
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Old 07-21-08, 06:56 AM   #6
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Replacing rusted bike parts is cheaper than replacing rusted car parts. Regardless of that, though, the truth is that if you run fenders and ride an aluminum-framed bike, all you really need to worry about is chain wear.
Actually salt is really nasty to aluminum too...
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Old 07-30-08, 10:37 AM   #7
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Many people, for winter riding, use a 'beater'. I use my Dick's $200 MTB diamondback for winter riding. I rode through the entire last winter in cleveland. Lots of snow and salting of roads. It also has far more reflectors, lights and blinkies and fenders than my fair weather Kona jake. It's also 25 pounds heavier lol.
Wash it every so often and you will be fine.
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Just stick it in the shower when you get home and rinse off all that salt.
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Just stick it in the shower when you get home and rinse off all that salt.
If I did this, my wife would kill me ... then she'd make me clean the bathroom!
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