I ride year around here in Utah, the other day when I got back from my morning 20 miler, me and my bike were covered with wet sand and salt, the kind they use to defrost the roads. I cleaned my bike up and washed my riding gear but I had to wonder, is all of this nasty stuff bad for my bike? I know the chain is probably getting the worst of it but what about the wheel bearings and the derailers and stuff like that? Are there precautions I can take to minimize the damage?
Damn I'm learning to really dislike Utah winters.