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Caught in the Pouring Rain!!

Old 03-17-19, 07:10 PM
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Caught in the Pouring Rain!!

Having lived in Florida so many years, I have always been extremely careful about not riding in the rain. Unfortunately, yesterday I got caught in what felt like a monsoon while I was 6 miles away from home!

I was soaked, my bike was soaked.

When I arrived home I quickly dried my bike and sprayed "Blaster Silicone Lubricant" on my gear set, chain, cassette, every nook and cranny excepr for the frame. Actually, on my chain I sprayed it with "Blaster Chain & Cable Lubricant" (can said it was designed for bike chains, and I was in panic mode).

Not sure if I caused more harm than good. Any other suggestions? Believe it or not, this is the first time I get caught in the rain!

The bike I was riding was a Fuji Tread 1.3, aluminium frame, carbon fork, disk breaks, magnesium platform pedals, a.r.s. Planet Bike saddle. Luckily the lights held up well as did the tiny sigma riding computer. This is the closest I have to a "gravel bike" (Vera Citywide 32-622 / 700x32 tires).

p.s. I have no plans on intentionally riding in heavy rain again, but if I'm unlucky enough to encounter it again (againis Florida, after all), what recommendations do you have?
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Waterproof cycling cap and you should be fine
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If you got any of that on your brake discs, make sure to get it all off before your next ride.
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Yeah, other than the psychological and physical discomfort it causes (me) there is not much to worry about with a bike. No worries, just dry her down and lube her up after a soaking like that.
-- Electronics may be a worry. I did lose a CatEye Speedo years ago after getting caught in an almost biblical lightning storm, but the bike was fine.
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Originally Posted by Nikon Fan View Post
Having lived in Florida so many years, I have always been extremely careful about not riding in the rain. Unfortunately, yesterday I got caught in what felt like a monsoon while I was 6 miles away from home!

I was soaked, my bike was soaked.

When I arrived home I quickly dried my bike and sprayed "Blaster Silicone Lubricant" on my gear set, chain, cassette, every nook and cranny excepr for the frame. Actually, on my chain I sprayed it with "Blaster Chain & Cable Lubricant" (can said it was designed for bike chains, and I was in panic mode).

Not sure if I caused more harm than good. Any other suggestions? Believe it or not, this is the first time I get caught in the rain!

The bike I was riding was a Fuji Tread 1.3, aluminium frame, carbon fork, disk breaks, magnesium platform pedals, a.r.s. Planet Bike saddle. Luckily the lights held up well as did the tiny sigma riding computer. This is the closest I have to a "gravel bike" (Vera Citywide 32-622 / 700x32 tires).

p.s. I have no plans on intentionally riding in heavy rain again, but if I'm unlucky enough to encounter it again (againis Florida, after all), what recommendations do you have?
No need to freak out, bicycles can handle rain just fine. Lube the chain when you get home and let the bike air-dry in a warm environment.
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Old 03-17-19, 09:21 PM
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I hear you.

last week there were multiple showers, plenty of mud, even some hail.

The poor chain had actual rust on it when I got around to looking at it later.

Anyway, I recommend oiling the chain before the next ride.
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Old 03-17-19, 09:27 PM
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No need for panic. If the bike was properly lubed prior the water probably wouldn't even bead up on your bike, Or on the discs or the chain. Frankly, it's not a lot different than driving your car in a down pour. No worries...
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Feeling much better after reading all the feedback here!! Thanks!!
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Didnít check your location, we may have hit the same one. I got it on mike 29-39. I generally avoid rain (yeah, I know I live in FL) as I totally detest it. Clean off the road muck, dry off, with a compressor preferably, and clean and lube well. I ride steel, so I use a little extra precaution.
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All I do is take the air hose and blow the water off the chain and out of the rear derailleur. Nothing to panic about IMHO.

Then... I take off the leather saddle, run inside, dry it off and get it into a warm place for a bit.
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Originally Posted by Nikon Fan View Post

p.s. I have no plans on intentionally riding in heavy rain again, but if I'm unlucky enough to encounter it again (againis Florida, after all), what recommendations do you have?
Bring soap! Riding in the rain is fun!
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Old 03-18-19, 06:48 AM
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Rain is a fact of life. There is no need to panic.

It isn't going to kill you or harm your bike. Relax.

Originally Posted by Nikon Fan View Post
When I arrived home I quickly dried my bike and sprayed "Blaster Silicone Lubricant" on my gear set, chain, cassette, every nook and cranny excepr for the frame. Actually, on my chain I sprayed it with "Blaster Chain & Cable Lubricant" (can said it was designed for bike chains, and I was in panic mode).
Lube is only needed on the chain. Clean the rest off.


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Old 03-18-19, 07:09 AM
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Depending on your wheel/tire/tube set-up, you might want to take your tires off so your wheels can dry out. Moisture in the tire can cause corrosion on the tire/tube side of spoke nipples.
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Donít forget to dry your shoes. Take out insoles and put newspaper in shoes overnight.
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At least you don't have to deal with salt on the roads. That's one thing that will rust the bike far sooner than you expect. When I lived in the Midwest I always had a beater bike for winter riding. If you want something that really sucks, try riding a recumbent trike in the rain. You need beater clothes for that.
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Cell phones don't like rain, otherwise, it usually isn't a big deal.

I've gotten caught in a couple of big thunderstorms in places where I couldn't shelter to wait it out. Not a big fan of that, especially the wind and nearby lightning strike parts.
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I'd have to stay home most of the year .. I own a Cycling Rain Cape it keeps me dry..

IGH, well oiled chain, bike has Mudguards and dynamo hub - lights..







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I used to ride daily in Central Florida ... not sure how you managed to live there and completely avoid rain. I guess with readily available weather radar online, it can work.

Generally it is okay unless there is some strong wind pushing it ... then you need goggles. it doesn't hurt to have a plastic grocery bag to cover the seat if it is a type which absorbs water. I have heard that one should not use high pressure water (and I'd assume air) around bearings as it can blow some of the grease out of them. I guess the chain is okay because it is easy to re-lube, but be careful spraying solvents into the BB and wheel hubs and such.
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If you are prepared, it can be fun!
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If you got any of that on your brake discs, make sure to get it all off before your next ride.

After the chain, the brake disks were the next part I aprayed with the silicone spray! Trying to prevent them from rusting up. Bad idea?
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I flipped the bike upside down after washing it (to paint the frame)..and quite alot of water poured out of the hole on the frame tube.

So now I always let it sit overnight flipped over, after riding in the rain.

Good call! I'll probably do the same!
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After the chain, the brake disks were the next part I aprayed with the silicone spray! Trying to prevent them from rusting up. Bad idea?
Yes. Lubricating your brake rotors will drastically reduce the brakes' effectiveness.

Bicycle brake rotors tend to be made of stainless steel which resists corrosion. They might start to rust over if you leave them outside unridden for months, but the first few heavy brake applications will scrub off any surface rust that gets on them.

Buy a can of brake cleaner from your local auto parts store and give them a thorough spraying. I suggest taking the wheels off the bike before doing this because the brake cleaner will dissolve most greases and lubricants that you have on other parts of the bike.
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Good call! I'll probably do the same!
Most frames have a drain hole under the bottom bracket shell, specifically to let any accumulated water drip out when the bike is upright.
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