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Old 11-27-09, 09:08 AM
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Bicycle Maintenance Routine After Riding in Wet Weather???...

I feel if you look after your bike, then your bike will take care of you. It should be cleaned, loved & maybe caressed.

When you guys get home after riding in wet weather, what is your ritual in maintaining your bikes performance???... Could you please critique/add some tips to my ritual.

1. Get Home wet through.
2. Dis-assemble both wheels.
3. Stick the bike in the bath for a shower massage set to the gentle spray setting.
4. Dry the frame throughly with a dry towel.
5. Wash/Dry both wheels.
6. Lube up the chain/cassettee/chainring/derailleur.
7. Apply 3 coats of turtle wax (once a year) to protect the frame & wax accordingly throughout the winter.

Anything I should add? or might have overlooked?...

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Old 11-27-09, 10:04 AM
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Way more than I do.

Since wet roads tend to stick a lot of grit to the frame, I rinse the bike with a bucket of water (i.e. just pour it over everthing), and air-dry it in the basement with a fan. Oil chain as needed.

That's it.
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You need a beater bike or something. When I first bought my bike, I used to wash it top to bottom (including the chain), hand dry, and the re-lube everything. The catch is that the parts wore out anyway, so after a couple years I just left the bike as is, and only lubed the chain when it started to feel a little bogged down. With this increased abuse, the drive-train still lived for the same amount of time. So, my current winter strategy is to put a coat of turtle wax on the bike in the fall to protect the frame, lube the chain when necessary throughout the winter (usually once a week to every other week), and then letting the bike shop over-haul the bike in spring (I'm more than happy to pay them to clean off a winter's worth of grime). Under this regimen, my drive train lasts around 4 years, and everything else lasts much longer.
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Old 11-27-09, 02:20 PM
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My everyday bike is not a beater, it cost a fair amount but Im not going to mess around trying to clean after every bit of rain. Like Llamero says, prep the bike before winter hits with turtle wax, anti-seize, grease where needed. Lube the chain when it gets washed off.
I dont know of any winter commuter who keeps their bike clean. Most winter sport riders are using a winter training bike in foul weather.
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Originally Posted by Llamero View Post
So, my current winter strategy is to put a coat of turtle wax on the bike in the fall to protect the frame.
I never thought of that one, I will definately add that to my edited list. Good tip.

Thankyou.
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Old 11-27-09, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
I never thought of that one, I will definately add that to my edited list. Good tip.

Thankyou.
I like this tip also. I've never done this. I'm gonna it!

I dry off my bike with a towel and then wipe clean the wheel rims, check the brake pads and then lube the chain.
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Originally Posted by Llamero View Post
You need a beater bike or something. When I first bought my bike, I used to wash it top to bottom (including the chain), hand dry, and the re-lube everything. The catch is that the parts wore out anyway, so after a couple years I just left the bike as is, and only lubed the chain when it started to feel a little bogged down. With this increased abuse, the drive-train still lived for the same amount of time. So, my current winter strategy is to put a coat of turtle wax on the bike in the fall to protect the frame, lube the chain when necessary throughout the winter (usually once a week to every other week), and then letting the bike shop over-haul the bike in spring (I'm more than happy to pay them to clean off a winter's worth of grime). Under this regimen, my drive train lasts around 4 years, and everything else lasts much longer.
Works for me, this is pretty much my method of dealing with the winter weather, It must be a Maine thing.
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Depends. If it's supposed to rain again I'll just hose off all the road grit from everywhere with extra on the brakes and rim sides and put it in the garage. If it's not gonna be wet I hose it off, quick wipe on the frame, and depending on how long since I did a good chain clean maybe spray a bit of lube on chain/deraillers. I'll then if time permits clean the pads and braking surface of the rims with brake cleaner. Anything else will happen when I have time to do a good cleaning - usually 3-500 miles when I clean the chain. Gets waxed a couple of times a year.
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You are very thorough, I usually wipe the frame down, dry the entire bike with an air compressor. I have started using Finish line Speed Degreaser (https://www.finishlineusa.com/products/speed-clean.htm) on the chain and brake rotors.
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
When you guys get home after riding in wet weather, what is your ritual in maintaining your bikes performance???... Could you please critique/add some tips to my ritual.
Wow. If I did that every day--sometimes twice a day--I'd never get anything else done. Disassemble the wheels? Surely you mean remove them and not to take them apart?

Anyway, my bike gets hung on a hook in the shower, and rinsed off with the shower massage set to the gentle spray setting. I leave it there to dry, before hanging it on its hook in the living room.

Once or twice a week the chain gets cleaned and lubed. Wet lubes don't wash off. No matter if I clean and lube the chain once a day or once a week, I still get 2,000 miles on them. Come the end of March, I dip them once in the trash can and install a new one.

Once a month the whole bike gets washed with blue Dawn, maybe some diluted Simple Green as required on the drivetrain, and rubbed down with Bike Lust, before relubing the drivetrain.

There's a real nutter who owns an LBS here in town. After telling me I was doing it all wrong, he handed me a *two-page* instruction sheet on how to clean a bicycle. It started with, "You should clean a bicycle like you would clean a piano." I laughed, handed it back to him and said, "Next time I ride a Steinway to work through a snowstorm, I'll be sure to bring it to you for cleaning."
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
I feel if you look after your bike, then your bike will take care of you.

When you guys get home after riding in wet weather, what is your ritual in maintaining your bikes performance???... Could you please critique/add some tips to my ritual.

1. Get Home wet through.
2. Dis-assemble both wheels.
3. Dry the frame throughly with a dry towel.
4. Dry both wheels.
5. Lube up the chain/cassettee/chainring.
6. Put a coat of turtle wax on the bike in the fall to protect the frame.

Anything I should add? or might have overlooked?...
You must be single. That's nuts, I don't have the time for all of that after each ride. It rains almost everyday here in Vancouver BC in November tapering off in Dec, Jan and the rest of winter. Our winters are wet and damp. You want to talk about rain, talk to a Vancouverite. I do what someone said. I apply sealant and car wax regularly in the non-winter months (I'm a car detail nut - I have products that are quick and easy to apply). Then I apply sealant once a month in the winter season. Cleaning and lubing chains, sprockets, derailleur, brakes, etc. every 2 or 3 weeks.

This November was particularly bad for rain, it rained everyday, no kidding. I just hosed down the bike top to bottom after each wet ride, and air dry in the garage.
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Old 11-28-09, 03:32 AM
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Oh wow. This is the best thread ever! :-) So nice to see I'm not the only one who feels like thoroughly cleaning the bike after ever ride is a little...time consuming. :-)
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
Anyway, my bike gets hung on a hook in the shower, and rinsed off with the shower massage set to the gentle spray setting. I leave it there to dry, before hanging it on its hook in the living room.
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I quite like that. Plonking it in the bath to shower & bathe, dry it down, finishing with a waxing massage.

I will edit my list.
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
Could you please critique/add some tips to my ritual.

1. Get Home wet through.
I do the first and don't do the remainder.

Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
2. Dis-assemble both wheels.
3. Stick the bike in the bath for a shower massage set to the gentle spray setting.
4. Dry the frame throughly with a dry towel.
5. Wash/Dry both wheels.
6. Lube up the chain/cassettee/chainring/derailleur.
7. Put a coat of turtle wax on the bike in the fall to protect the frame & wax accordingly throughout the winter.

Anything I should add? or might have overlooked?...
Sometimes I hang my wet gloves and shoes from it and aim a fan at it. It dries the clothes and drivetrain quicker that way.
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Wipe down rims/pads.
Lube chain.
Done.
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I do the first and don't do the remainder.
Your bike is gonna rebel against you Roger. Get ready for some near certain bonks & punctures.
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wipe down rims/pads.
Lube chain.
Done.
Rustin' frames never sleep.
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The bike shop I bought my bike from taught me the turtle wax trick. What it does (in my experience) is three-fold: 1) It keeps grime from sticking to the bike, 2) It protects the paint from most scratches and dings, and 3) it protects the paint from fading. The most ciritical waxing is the one you do right after you buy your bike, around 3 coats. Otherwise, you need to take the time to really clean the frame, or else the wax won't stick, or even worse it will make the grime permanent. My routine is 3 coats once a year, and my frame looks clean and new even though it's been an all-weather commuter for over 8 years now.

The reason I do minimal maintenance on the drive train, is because most of the damage has already been done the moment you rode with grit in the chain. Even if you wash the chain thoroughly, the moment you ride again you'll get grit in the chain again. However, a stretched chain isn't as apocalyptic as most bike shops make it out to be. I rode 5 years on the same crank, cassette, and chain (7000 miles on the odometer). If you don't replace anything in he drive train, all the parts will wear into one another and will run like a fine tuned machine. The only trade-off is that when you replace any one component you have to replace everything, because the whole drive train is now custom machined. However, I've found it much cheaper to replace everything every 5 years, then replace one or two components every year.
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Originally Posted by *****3nin.vend3t View Post
Your bike is gonna rebel against you Roger. Get ready for some near certain bonks & punctures.
I have a special situation. My wife's idea of cleaning her bikes is to ride in the rain. By comparison, my bikes feel loved.
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Rain is not that big of a deal, all I do is just lube the chain and that's it. I keep my bikes dirty , less likely to attract attention of a thief, I also don't like" the brand new shiny look", on a bike that's few years old, I like it when my bikes look well used . I do spray some rustproofing oil inside my frames once a year and make sure that my seatpost is well oiled, and I also grease all the bolt threads. My winter bike has not been cleaned since I put it away in storage in March of this year, it still has salt and grime on it since last winter, but I did lube all the parts and components on it before putting it away in storage.
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I've been riding a fixed road conversion in the winter for the last 38 years- the same frame for the last 18.

I put clean grease in all the bearings each september and I use cheap pedals, with constant-loss motor oil lubrication. After rain, I usually clean off the grit and oil the chain, maybe check the tyres for flints and cuts. Every 10-15 rides, I check all the fastenings for tightness.
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I keep my bikes dirty , less likely to attract attention of a thief
The mental ramifications I would get of looking down at a dirty bike, would send an endless stream of shivers down my spine.
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The mental ramifications I would get of looking down at a dirty bike, would send an endless stream of shivers down my spine.
Perhaps professional counseling would help? :-)
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Perhaps professional counseling would help? :-)
Physically, I would be still moving at the same speed as I usually do, But mentally, A dirty bike would make me slower.
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I wipe it off sometimes. It's a nice bike, but I'm not gonna baby the thing that much!
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