Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Winter protection !

Well as the sunny days have ended and the single digit temps have arrived it's time to think about preparing your bicycle for winter if you intend to ride everyday. Winter of course brings lots of rain, snow and riding on the city roads means your bicycle will get covered in grit and salt which are not for good for your bicycle at all. While changing to a better set of tyres with added grip or studs if you live in an area with a lot of ice , it also pays to take of the main allen bolts out and give them a wipe with a rag and then apply a fresh coat of grease to stop the bolts seizing up or rusting over the winter. A regular wipe down with a rag will help matters and try to keep your bike clean if you can. A weekly clean and chain lube over winter is a good idea if you cycle daily to prevent parts from wearing out.

One point that is often overlooked on a bicycle is the top of the seat tube were the seat clamp or binder bolt holds the seat post in position, here is also a split in the top of the seat tube that allows you to compress the seat clamp. Over winter this point fills up with water, grit and salt sprayed up off the back wheel  while in motion.

So how to stop grit getting down your crack ?

Protect yourself with a seat post condom - no don't rush off to your bedroom and grab a multi ribbed colorful condom although once cut to size it would certainly work I'm sure. Most likely you will have an old bicycle tube laying around, if not ask the local bicycle shop for an old 700 x 28c tube and cut a 50mm section off it and then turn it inside out, give it a clean. Remove your seat post & now is also a good time to wipe it down and apply fresh grease to the seat tube. Now with your freshly cut 50mm section of bicycle tube stretch it over and down on the top of the seat tube below the clamp. Now re insert your freshly greased seat post, set it to the correct height. And now you can pull up the post condom and cover the area that needs protection. Once the warm rays of spring arrive you can just cut it off or leave it on there for all year long protection.


Adam said...

I also have similary winter protection made of road inner tube. Also I use http://www.zatyczki.com/images/zaslepka1.jpg in my fork (it protect me from mud and water).

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Pandabonium said...

I use my bike for transportation into town and running errands as opposed to sport or touring.

My splash protection comes in the form of fenders. :) Still, good point about protecting areas like the seat post clamp. Something I should keep an eye on fenders or no...