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How to maintain the bicycle after a commute, when not home?

Do nothing. Yes, nothing. Unless you are biking wearing a hazmat suit through some corrosive volcanic crater where it rains acid. Rinse it off, at home when it's convenient, or it is especially ...
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Why would a salty damp road be slipperier than the same road just damp?

It turns out there's actually some rather interesting science behind friction in the presence of water and salt. Various model systems demonstrate that salt solutions really are better lubricants ...
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Protecting bicycle from sea/salty water

Rust on a cassette or even a chain is quite normal in this kind of surroundings is quite inevitable. Also it has little impact other than visual. More frequent wiping and greasing of the chain is one ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

As someone who lives on a peninsular and services bikes, I'll throw in my oar, though there's probably overlap with other answers. My own bike has a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub, gates belt drive and ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

Get yourself a good quality Dutch bike, with internal hub gear, a fully enclosed chain and good quality other components. That way the chain and gears are not open to the salt and the rest should ...
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Protecting bicycle from sea/salty water

The cassette and chain are some of the hard parts to deal with as nuts and bolts can usually be replaced by stainless steel versions (eBay for small quantities of odd sizes. You can every get titanium ...
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How to maintain the bicycle after a commute, when not home?

I would wax the chain rather than worry about relubing it after every ride (and in fact I'm planning on making the switch with my own commuter). Wax is fairly durable and won't rinse off readily. It ...
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Chainguard vs front mudguard to protect the chain from spray

The rear fender will act mostly to keep spray off of you, as opposed to the drivetrain; the spray hitting the bottom bracket and chainrings will be coming off the front wheel. I would argue that it'...
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Chainguard vs front mudguard to protect the chain from spray

Chainguard is not there to protect chain from dirt spray from tires, unless it is a completely enclosed chainguard (which is not feasible on derailleur bicycles). A chainguard is there to protect your ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

Some brake possibilities: Use stainless steel cables for brakes and gears. Most modern cables are stainless steel, but older BSO bikes probably aren't. Use full-length runs of outer. This minimises ...
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Should you hose down your bicycle after having used it on salty roads?

Here's how I understand the situation generating the question: While riding to work on a salty wet road the drive train has become a salt water saturated mess. Now you are at work and have access to ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

Kit: I would take inspiration from the beach cruisers of decades ago. Although they are not that popular nowadays because "more gears = better" nonsense, they were mostly single-speeders ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

I’d start with regular maintenance. Regularly clean the chain, lube it and wipe it down afterwards. Use dry lube or wax to attract less dust and sand. You can clean the derailleur with a garden hose ...
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Best drivechain for beach, seaside, coastal, winter, generally salty environment?

Living in a similar environment, I gave up on trying to maintain the chain on my winter bikes many years ago. No matter what I did and how much effort I made, the chain would always end up rusting. ...
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How to maintain the bicycle after a commute, when not home?

There's lots you can do if you want! The best maintenance is this: keep it inside a heated area whenever it's not being used. Use it often. Keeping it inside is obvious: out of the elements is ...
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Should you hose down your bicycle after having used it on salty roads?

There is almost nothing worse for your bike than salt and water. It will destroy components that aren't usually affected by freshwater ( i.e. various composite, plastic and aluminum components). Even ...
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Are there substitutes for chain lubricant?

With long journeys and particularly during winter I have noticed that the salt erodes the chain very quickly, even when I have lubricated the chain beforehand. When you are missing proper chain ...
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Are there substitutes for chain lubricant?

I use a hot wax solution - very home-brew but it works nicely for me. I have an old electric frypan where the non-stick lining was failing so it was no longer usable for food. I sanded the nonstick ...
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