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Old 12-09-10, 06:31 PM   #1
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Small Question

I'm really motivated to try the wonders of winter riding i just have really one small concern. How wet does the bike get after a ride. The reason i ask is because i live in an apartment and the roommates may get mad if i ruin are carpet any suggestions.
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Old 12-09-10, 07:08 PM   #2
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Order a industrial type front door mat. Wash your bike off when you get back in the washroom with a hose then bounce it a few times on the tires to knock off as much of the water as you can. Then store it on the rubber/cloth entry mat. It will drip some but the water will be cleaner and the mat will protect the other carpet.

Here is a good source for the mats:

http://www.consolidatedplastics.com/...Index-C57.aspx
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Old 12-09-10, 07:22 PM   #3
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Bring a rag or keep a rag(an old hand/bath towel is good for this)
by the front door. When you get home, just wipe your bike
down before you bring the bike inside.
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Old 12-09-10, 11:12 PM   #4
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It depends on the ride, but for most of my winter rides, the answer is "very wet". Then again, most of my rides are commuting, so I'm out riding in weather and conditions that many people--even other winter riders--won't ride in. If riding only recreationally and only in the dry, dry winter days are no more wet than dry summer days.

As for the carpet and the roommates, get rid of both.

When I apartment shop, I look for hardwood floors. Quick wipe with the mop and I'm done.

I never could stand roommates...

The mat idea is good too.

I use a trainer mat near the door for the bike to drip on while I take off my coat and boots and things,


and there's a long boot tray under it after I've hosed it off in the shower and hung it up on its hook. Note the snow outside the window.
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Old 12-09-10, 11:24 PM   #5
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bike can get quite wet.
give the fenders a good kick before you bring in the bike to get rid of the build up that will melt and drip when it warms up inside.
floor mat for trucks are also good. It'll collect all the water and dirt that your bike drips and you can also use it as a place to put wet boots and shoes.
They might be ugly, but they're really easy to clean.
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put your bike in the shower/ tub.
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Order a industrial type front door mat. Wash your bike off when you get back in the washroom with a hose then bounce it a few times on the tires to knock off as much of the water as you can. Then store it on the rubber/cloth entry mat. It will drip some but the water will be cleaner and the mat will protect the other carpet.

Here is a good source for the mats:

http://www.consolidatedplastics.com/...Index-C57.aspx
^^^ This. You can sometimes find them at Sam's Club and similar stores as well.
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Old 12-10-10, 03:17 PM   #8
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I'm really motivated to try the wonders of winter riding i just have really one small concern. How wet does the bike get after a ride. The reason i ask is because i live in an apartment and the roommates may get mad if i ruin are carpet any suggestions.
It really depends on where you live and the type of conditions. So far this year has been atypically cold and snowy. I do wipe down my chain more, but that is about it. When they start salting I have a spray bottle I will use since I don't have access to a hose.

A question would be where do you store your bike? Perhaps an old carpet found in a dumpster would be adequate. Before you come in brush off your bike the best you can. Than place in on the carpet before the crud starts melting.
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Old 12-10-10, 07:34 PM   #9
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I like the putting your bike in the tub idea.
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I like the putting your bike in the tub idea.
Careful! The studded tires could scratch the finish.

That's why I hang mine.



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Do you lock your bike inside your home? High crime area?
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Old 12-11-10, 12:33 PM   #12
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You probably don't need anything as fancy as tsl's setup either. I assume you have a wall in the apartment where you can lean your bike. Just make sure you have something under the bike. This could even be as cheap as some 6 mil plastic.

Before you bring the bike upstairs, bounce the tires a half dozen times to shake off snow. Then wipe down the frame and drive train with an old rag (you might have to carry this with you or stash it somewhere so you don't have to make a trip upstairs.) You might have torun the rag under the fenders too.

That should take care of the majority of the grime and the rest can drip off unto the plastic.
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