As you might have heard, we've had a bit more rain in the northeast! It's not been as bad in Boston as further inland, but it rained constantly for about three days, and off and on two days before that.
I'm not big on riding in pouring rain, and had to drive/ take the train for work, so last night when I went out to saddle up and go grocery shopping, I was shocked to find, that I'd left Gilbert locked to himself outside for FIVE days in the rain. Poor Gilbert- bad bike owner!
I do have an excuse, sort of. The Scientist and I got married on Saturday, and it was a busy day. I rode out first thing to do a quick errand, and locked up out in the back yard because I thought I might have to run out for another errand. Then the day got away from me, and next thing I knew, we were loading flower arrangements and my dress into the scientist's car, and headed off to the venue, leaving poor Gilbert locked and alone. I'm really glad first of all that he's still there, as unsecured items do have a tendency to walk away in a dense urban neighborhood. He was out of view of the street, which obviously helps a lot.
There are some who would say that a city bike is made to be left out in the rain, and the assumption that the bike will get wet is the reason that I used frame saver, stainless steel hardware, and waterproof light fixtures. However, I do try to cover both the saddle and the basket when I know the bike will get wet, and that was obviously not the case this time.
I'm not sure what to do about the saddle- it was well treated with Obenauf's and you can see a bit that the water is still beading up on it to a small extent. I'm going to let it dry today in my office, and this weekend will recoat it with Obenauf's both top and bottom. It feels mostly OK (rode with a plastic bag over it to avoid a wet butt though). Anyone have suggestions for best care of a leather saddle after a thorough wetting?
I'll also treat the leather trim on the basket, and may park it in the sun, with the lid open to let it the inside dry out as much as possible. I'll probably open up the chaincase, and give the chain a bit of extra lube this weekend too.
All things considered though the bike rode just fine- the brakes didn't even squeal. I guess that it's true that a good city bike should be able to withstand all kinds of negligence and abuse. On the other hand, I'd rather not test that theory too often