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Bike care after riding in the damp (not rain)?

Old 03-14-09, 11:39 PM
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Bike care after riding in the damp (not rain)?

Yes, there are a million posts about bike care after riding in the rain, but I've got a specific situation which I haven't seen addressed as such.

I went riding this evening on my newly (well, a month ago) FrameSaver-treated steel-framed bike, complete with new chain and new cassette (cassette and cogs have been Boeshield T9 treated, chain has factory lube). It's been raining all day, but stopped an hour before I went riding, so there were a few puddles and patches of wet grass, but mostly damp/wet pavement.

Given this, what's the proper after-ride treatment for the bike? I wiped down the frame (it wasn't very dirty at all), but decided not to wipe/drip chain lube onto the chain as the chain didn't look dirty and I didn't want to displace the revered "factory chain lube". I could see wiping/lubing every 50 miles or so under such conditions (no actual rain during ride), but starting with the lube at 10 miles seemed excessive. Have I gone horribly wrong by overthinking this, or just discovered a brilliant labor savings that doesn't hurt the bike?
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Old 03-15-09, 03:37 AM
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i think you're wipe down is probably sufficient---at this stage, if the chain wasn't dirty (and it seems like you could still see that magical factory grease), then i'd resist lubing it; 10 miles does seem a bit excessive under the conditions you describe.

for me, i've just come through a salty winter and now the road grit is really coming up with the spring rain; i rinse the bike down if it looks grimy (usually twice a week---a bucket of water, a little light cleaner here and there), and oil the chain once a week. even after the rough winter, from the looks of it, i could easily keep riding on my drivetrain for many miles yet (but i'm replacing parts anyway, since i'm changing deraileurs).
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Same thing happened here, rain stopped and everything seemed fine for a ride, but then a gentle rain started. I had new chain, cassette and dérailleurs. My luck was that the chain was ridden a few time before, so it was about time to lube it again, so I did it.
You should check manually if the chain is moving freely, and if there is any lube left on it.
I also had some dirt inside the chains parts, and it made some sound when I was moving it. So it was mandatory to clean it with a cleaning solution, that mean re lubing also.
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