Weather is so natural that you do not have the upper hand in managing its rage. Call it rain, hailstorm, hurricane, sleet, or snow. These conditions are terrible foes to our friendly bicycles resting outside.
Sometimes you begin the journey thinking the warm sunny day will bless the path with the glittered road. Then the rain pours, and you are still halfway from your destination.
When it happened to me, I had only one question – will my bike rust in the rain?As wonderful as riding the bike in the rain feels, there are consequences to face for your bike.
Let me explain in easy terms.
The overall performance of a bicycle becomes a question mark if you continue to leave it in the rain. Rust is the worst enemy of the metal parts, and rain is like adding salt to the injury!
See how rain affects the bike when left or rode in the drizzle.
Reduced Efficiency to the Moving Parts
80% of a bicycle is made from metals like steel or aluminum. Sure the latest models have an anti-rust coating; it can only protect the ride for a while.
The gears, derailleurs, or the bike chains will contain more mud and dirt than usual. If you do not clean them and grease them accordingly, once the rain subsides, rust will form.
Consider the Electronic Components
Once again, the bike lights and other electrical parts are somewhat water-resistant. However, the protection cannot stay resilient if the rain continues to fall relentlessly.
Why take the risk?
The Bike Frame
Your bike is nothing without the bike frame. What is the point if that thing corrodes due to rainwater?
These days, manufacturers use rust-free painting over steel or aluminum frames. While it helps in the rain, the paint layer, too, has an expiration date.
The Bike Seat
We often neglect the bike saddle, which can absorb the water if not waterproof. While most bike seats now offer a water-repelling cover/layer, I still recommend keeping a plastic wrap ready.
Risks with Brakes
This is a sensitive component that determines your safety on roads. The rainwater can compromise the brake’s efficiency after the rain stops and mud settles between the wheel and brake pads.
Things to Do to the Bike After It Rains
Do not feel stranded without a solution when there is nothing you can do but let the bike be in the rain. What should you do in that circumstance?
- Your first task is to wash away the dirt from the bike using water. I know it is ironic.
- Makes sure to clear the bike from gunk and grime as much as possible.
- Is there mud in the deepest corners of the bike? Use a hose water force to clean them out.
- Next, move to the moving components like the wheels, gears, and brakes. Be very thorough.
- If the grime is too stubborn to wash off with water, try soap or even alcohol.
- Then it would be best if you dried the bike. This part is vital to prevent rust formation.
- You can wipe the water with a dry cloth or let the sunlight do the job.
- Finally, head back to the moving parts and lubricate where required. Using new grease can enhance the bike ride performance.
- Ensure the chain, brakes, derailleur, and gears are well lubricated.
Preventative Measures to Take
Of course, my first suggestion would be to keep the bike indoors. If you own a shed or a garage, use it. In stormy weather or a slight shower, a bike needs sound protection.
Or you can try these:
Bike Rain Cover
- Use a bike cover if the garage lacks space or has no garage.
- A rain cover can contain more than one bike.
- It protects the bike from UV rays, dirt, dust, rain, etc.
- It is an effective substitute for rain cover.
- The tarp can resist any harsh weather.
- Tarps are usually tear-free and highly resilient.
Rainy seasons can ruin your favorite bicycle if not maintained the right way. While the ride may be weatherproof, it has its limits.
So, will my bike rust in the rain if left for a long time? The issue is leaving it out there even after the torrent. That is when the rust begins to accumulate.
Do not forget to share these tips with fellow bike riders who seek answers. Happy touring!