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Old 07-15-13, 12:48 PM
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Rain Water

Took my brand new Trek FX7.4 out for a spin this weekend, and was caught in one of Chantal's bands of tropical rain on the way back.

Quick Question: is there any special handling required/recommended after a bike gets a good soaking?
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Clean as usual, Wash off grit with soap and water , lube chain.

didn't have to ride through deep water did you? .. well over your Feet , riding?
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Basically the same special handling that a car requires after being driven in the rain.
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One thing I learned the hard way was leaving my bike lock in the rain (wasn't raining when I locked it). It's a carbon bike, so it wasn't as bad, but I kept riding it and then finally, weeks later, I removed the seatpost to find it was still wet and mold was growing inside the seatpost/ seat tube.

So you might want to take out the seatpost to let everything dry.
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Originally Posted by GT4 View Post
One thing I learned the hard way was leaving my bike lock in the rain (wasn't raining when I locked it). It's a carbon bike, so it wasn't as bad, but I kept riding it and then finally, weeks later, I removed the seatpost to find it was still wet and mold was growing inside the seatpost/ seat tube.

So you might want to take out the seatpost to let everything dry.
Cool!

Can't recall ever having had mold grow on any of my steel bikes... they just quietly rust

BTW framesaver can be your friend if you ride in the rain a lot.

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or buy a Titanium bike
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still gotta wash the crud off occasionally..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Clean as usual, Wash off grit with soap and water , lube chain.

didn't have to ride through deep water did you? .. well over your Feet , riding?
This.

Old t-shirt takes off most everything (be sure to wipe down the wheels, esp. the braking surfaces). Lube brake pivots and chain, wipe down again. Ride tomorrow.
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Old 07-18-13, 05:16 AM
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This time of year being caught in rain is a given here in SW FL. When I get home I use the air compressor to blow off entire bike. Great getting out grit in derailleurs, chain links, brake pivots, basically all the nooks and crannies.
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My first step is to usually bounce the thing a few times. Knocks most of it off. To be honest, I haven't really done anything special after a rainy ride other than bring it inside.

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I try to clean my rims and break pads, it lengthens their lives.
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Old 07-20-13, 08:24 AM
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Wow, you all rock. I didn't wash or lube it and felt it this morning. Off to go grease it up now! Thank you
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Old 07-20-13, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Clean as usual, Wash off grit with soap and water , lube chain.

didn't have to ride through deep water did you? .. well over your Feet , riding?
Actually, yes, my bottom foot at the bottom was submerged a few times. I assume that means I. Wednesday to do something to the front derailleur?
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Old 07-20-13, 09:41 AM
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pedals were immersed , expect front tire threw water at the BB, It may retain water .. still..

other than rust dry pivots, (oil them) FD should not have made any difference getting wet.
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