There is still a lot of salt on the roads in Ottawa, Canada, but I am thinking about starting to use my road bike instead of my mountain bike because the snow is mostly gone. (At least temporarily).
My mountain bike is aluminum so I have not been worried about it rusting/disappearing.
My road bike that I want to start riding is made of steel so I am more concerned. What can I do to protect it from wet salty roads?
My steel road bike currently has a good paint job with few to no chips. I was thinking before I take it out the first time I might spray some greese onto a rag and give it a quick wipe down. I am not sure if this will be effective or a good idea so I would appreciate any feedback possible.
- Should I begin riding my steel bike now while the roads are still wet and salty or should I wait until summer and/or get a temporary winter/spring bike?
- If I am going to ride my steel bike what can I do to protect it from the wet salty streets?