Draining your Bike

by admin on June 17, 2012

Here in southeast Wisconsin we’ve been enjoying the most terrific weather: comfortable temps, low humidity and dry days. To keep our good luck going, we want to talk about riding in the rain. Riding in wet weather is a fact of life for any cycling enthusiast. If you keep your bike waxed and properly lubricated, and if you apply Framesaver once every couple of years, your bike will actually like the rain, as it rinses off some of the dirt and brine that can accumulate on any bike.Here’s a trick for when you are caught out in wet weather. Before you put your Gunnar away, hold the front wheel over the rear, like Johanna demonstrates at left. This lets water drain out of the chainstays and seatstays. It takes just a few seconds to drain any meaningful water from those tubes. Residual moisture will evaporate when you store your Gunnar in a dry spot.If you look closely, you’ll see lots of drain and vent holes in your Gunnar. In recent years, we’ve even added an extra hole in the bottom bracket for drainage and evaporation. These holes actually extend the life of your bike as long as you get rid of the big water.

One of the problems with not having drain holes is that moisture that some how gets in doesn’t have a way to get out. More than one mechanic has been surprised by a waterfall when opening up the bottom bracket of a “sealed” frame. Water can still wick down the seatpost. So the vent holes serve a real purpose.

Hopefully, this good luck charm will work to keep the riding around here lovely. If not, you’ll be good to go, whatever the weather and wherever you are.

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