I ride my normal road bike for winter, I do not have any interest in having a separate crap bike to ride in winter, I didn't spend all this $$$ on a bike to ride a piece of crap for 1/3 of the year.
Anyway, was wondering if I need to clean the hubs? I use Shimano R501 wheels with whatever the 501 hubs are. They appear to be sealed to me. I wipe down the bike, clean after each ride, relube and once a week wash it down. But I don't do anything to the hubs, should I?
DEPENDS ???????? do you live in new York, Texas , Minnesota , or San Diego
Originally Posted by zymphad
None of the above. Massachusetts, we love salt!
Originally Posted by muzpuf
MA? Good luck with that. I have 2 dedicated winter bikes. Running studded tires?
If you see lots of nasty conditions, which it sounds like you do, I would probably repack the hubs with fresh grease before going into winter and possibly in the spring time as well if you see a lot of really nasty and wet commutes.
dont get attached to the bike , salt will not do it any favors and you will replace the whole bike soon enough.
Massachusetts, we love salt!
or relegate it to wintertime and get a second bike anyhow so the summer bike is not so rusty and corroded.
that being said.. in the LBS, I see new hubs with rubber boots on them as grease seals ,
even some lower tier than 105
Ice on the ground, the MTB with the Studded tires comes out, its about 20 years old now,
only gets used when the water freezes on the road,
[way different than a road bike like the OP is coveting]
Second bike suggestion: IGH,Drum brakes and at least a 35 wide tire , if 700c
since there are Studded tire made in that width.
[S-A dyno-drum front hub for the dark season]
It will be a built for a purpose, and I'd think a fine ride in the foul weather
Last edited by fietsbob; 12-24-13 at 12:28 PM.
Here in the Pac NW where it rains a lot, I need to repack my hubs about 3 times each winter - at the start, sometime in the middle, and at the end - as I use the bike all winter. If the hub uses cartridge bearings, you can pop open the seal with a pin and inject some grease into the bearings. On the rear, it's usually the left bearing that gets dirty or runs dry. If I don't grease the rear hub, it starts making funny noises as spring approaches...