Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

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Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby 5Thumbs » Tue Oct 09, 2012 00:20 am

I've just bought my first road bike principally to improve myfitness for mountain biking and one of the things I had planned was to stick with it through the winter when the mud really becomes a pain for off-roading. Having talked to a few road bikers since I was surprised at how many people do not take their 'nice' bikes out in winter due to the corrosive nature of salt on the drive train.

This had never occurred to me :( .I'm in no position to buy an additional cheaper 'winter bike' but does this mean a lay up through the winter? I'd be interested in peoples experiences. Is it just a case of making sure you hose the bike down thoroughly after a rise on wet, salty roads?

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby blackpoolkev » Tue Oct 09, 2012 00:40 am

It takes as long to clean a cheap bike as it does to clean an expensive one.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby meursault » Tue Oct 09, 2012 02:46 am

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby smidsy » Tue Oct 09, 2012 04:49 am

5Thumbs wrote: Having talked to a few road bikers since I was surprised at how many people do not take their 'nice' bikes out in winter due to the corrosive nature of salt on the drive train.


Don't worry about them, I'm sure if you had turned up wearing a World Champ, KOM or Yellow Jersey they would have spat on you and shunned your advances :lol:

It's a bike. You bought it for riding. It won't melt (unless you speak to the folk above and their posh, for best only carbon bikes) so just go out when ever you want and enjoy it.

If it gets dirty....clean it

If it breaks....fix it.

If it melts....get a proper bike made from metal :P
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Bozman » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:05 am

Mine goes away as soon as the salt goes on the roads, i don't give a damn about the rain but salt gets everywhere and shafts a bike quickly. My mate does exactly the same with motorbikes, he's not going to rot 12 grands worth of bike just to look good over winter.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby amaferanga » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:26 am

blackpoolkev wrote:It takes as long to clean a cheap bike as it does to clean an expensive one.


But you'd be less bothered about bits on a cheap bike corroding.
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Gizmodo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:26 am

I've had my "nice" bike 12 months now, actually it's my only road bike. I rode it all through last winter, cleaned it after each ride, and I still have every original component, no rust, not had to replace anything.

My friend bought a cheaper bike and has had to replace wheels and BB because of water ingress, nothing to do with salt. So, if you buy quality and take care of it, in my experience it will last. Just get out ther and ride your bike.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby amaferanga » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:27 am

Gizmodo wrote:I've had my "nice" bike 12 months now, actually it's my only road bike. I rode it all through last winter, cleaned it after each ride, and I still have every original component, no rust, not had to replace anything.


If you rode every day would you want to clean your bike after every ride?
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Mikey23 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:28 am

Mine will come out on dry roads, otherwise it will be spinning at the gym for me

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Slack » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:29 am

It's only a bike! Has anyone seen a warning tag on their new bike when purchased to the effect of 'do not get your bike wet or dirty' or 'your bike will rot if it comes into contact with salt'??

I used the same road bike for five years; it goes out all year round and in all weathers. It is always well maintained and cleaned. It still does the same thing it did when I first bought it.

Only girls worry about this sort of thing.

Anyway, to be honest, if I had a choice of bikes, the nicer one would stay indoors if it was wet out :mrgreen:
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Wastegate86 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:31 am

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Ride hard » Tue Oct 09, 2012 07:52 am

Well done 5Thumbs. Look at what you started!!

All I can say on the subject is I guess everyone is different. I've had bikes costing £150, through to my current Ultegra equipped Cube worth well over a grand and I've treated them all the same - ie kept them as clean and well maintained as possible. However, even my slightly OCD nature won't stop me from cyling in the rain or other adverse weather conditions because as much as I love my steed, it's a bike and I bought it to ride and not to sit in my living room looking nice. However, if anyone else does that then I respect that too.

The only weather conditions I personally wouldn't go out in is snow. Not because of the salt, but because it's dangerous - especially on the road I commute on.
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby CiB » Tue Oct 09, 2012 08:40 am

Mine goes out 2, 3, 4 days a week all winter. It's made of carbon and has fancy-dan electric gears and half-decent wheels. Am I going to hide it away from October 1st until Easter to stop it wearing out? No way.

Here's the deal. The frame doesn't matter. Frames comprise smooth surfaces that are easy to wipe down, and if you don't wipe them down the mud and the oil just sits on the surface until you do wipe it down. Unless you leave it for some number of years the frame will look like new when you do give it a clean. And next time you go out, if the weather's bad your bike will get dirty again. It doesn't matter.

This argument that the drive train wears out quicker. Maybe it does a bit, but it's going to wear out anyway so it's the rate of wear that increases; there's not a change from not wearing the chain out to ruining it inside a week. Chains are consumables; you get at least 3-4 chains per set of cogs. Chains cost about £20. Who cares?

Rims - a bit more contentious as the rims take all the brunt of it when a layer of slimy oil + carbon + grit + acid rain builds up on the rims then grinds them away when you grab a handful of brakes at every junction. So rims suffer more. But it's still relative, and in my position I can do 30+ mile rides and barely need to touch the brakes - the benefit of a rural location.

For me the clincher is the reality that it doesn't rain every day from October to April and the council doesn't dump a load of grit & salt on the road every day for 5 months. Most days in England in Winter the weather is somewhere between bright & sunny, and grey & overcast, and sometimes it rains. So just like summer, only not as warm and it gets darker earlier. Why would you lock a perfectly good bike away just because it's a bit colder? If it gets wet tough. If it gets road-water all over the cogs, clean them when you get home. There's no way I'm foregoing the pleasure of riding a nice bike for 5 or 6 months just because it might get a bit dirty or because it might get 500 fewer miles out of a chain.

Each to their own though.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Lightning » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:38 am

My good, expensive, carbon bike goes out nearly everyday whether it's sunny or raining and it's fine. I only properly clean it when it's going to be sunny for a few days after a rainy one. And I do have a cheaper aluminum bike I could use instead, but I made that my turbo bike as I don't really want to ride it outside when I have a better one.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby newjumper » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:41 am

I guess it all depends on if you can afford more than one bike mostly I would think.

Unless you have gym session of course,not the same though is it as getting out in the fresh air.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby KentPhil » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:22 pm

Stick some slick tyres on your mountain bike and use that in the winter. That's what I've done to my fully rigid 14 year old Kona.
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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby CiB » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:23 pm

newjumper wrote:I guess it all depends on if you can afford more than one bike mostly I would think.

Unless you have gym session of course,not the same though is it as getting out in the fresh air.

I've only got the one. Why buy a really good bike, then buy another that's not as good - or better - so as not to ride the other? N+1 is a fun slogan to put on web forums but reality is the bike I want to ride is the one in the garage, not the one in the shed that's not as good.

OP - do what you want to do. Learn how to clean a gear-set properly and you won't have any problems.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby jibberjim » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:27 pm

Only my commuter bike is made out of steel and that goes out whenever anyway, the rest are made out of parts which don't rust... as CiB says the rims are the only part that has a big material difference in wear in winter, so changing wheels might be wise if you care abot such things.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby Sprool » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:18 pm

i'd feel happier putting road slicks on my mtb to battle through the winter and keep my road bike in best condition for the dry weather.

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Re: Take Your Nice Bikes Out in Winter?

Postby giant man » Tue Oct 09, 2012 14:18 pm

Of course not! You have a winter bike for that kind of nonsense!
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