Charlotte Bronte wrote:
> I'm considering converting my 70s Kessels into a randonneur--fenders,
> handlebar bag, wider tires, lights--for the occasional brevet of
> 200-300k. It's Reynolds 531 and all Campy NR.
> Riding in the rain seems to be part of this sport, but I've never
> ridden this bike under anything but sunny skies. I have another
> beauty from this era (a 78 Kessels Merckx) which is similarly babied,
> so I'm not without options. I also have a fixed gear and a modern
> race bike in the stable.
> Here's my question: should I ride this thing in the rain, and if so
> what are some basic issues about preserving it after showers that I
> should be aware of? Better to get a bike I care less about for my
> plunge into randonneuring?
> All advice welcome.
> Robert Aguirre Windsor, ON
Clean it if it gets muddy, don't put it away muddy, wet or with salt deposits. relube chain, pivots etc after washing wax the frame etc repack the bearings once or twice a year -- mvg