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    Best Frozen parts (bike) stories

    I know this should be easily topped on this list, humor me. After many years of snow riding, I had a first this year. After a ride on my Chubby bike (skinny [to this forum] 46 mm rims with 2.5ers) in wet snow and slush, I noticed something odd when cleaning the frozen slush off the bike. The lower rear derailleur pulley had frozen in place with a 1/2 inch layer of ice built up vertically on the thing, filling in the gaps between the teeth. I back peddled the chain and it slid around the pulley on the layer of ice. I wish I would have taken a picture. Not sure how many miles I rode it with the pulley frozen and the chain sliding along just fine. I didn't notice; just wanted to get home.

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    A couple nights ago I got back from a ride at -15f. My bike lives outside so I wanted to knock some of the crusted snow and ice off of the parts that move before they completely froze...I ran upstairs and grabbed a warm aerosol can of Remlube...I got halfway through hosing off my cassette and derailleur before I realized that I had just hosed down my brake caliper...D'Oh!
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    I've twice been alerted to a leaking camelback hose by the unnerving cold sensation that comes from the front of my shorts/pants being encrusted in ice. I've also finished a ride to find that the summer shoes I was foolishly wearing were frozen to the socks inside them and I couldn't get one of my feet out for about half an hour while the car's heater was blowing on max directly on it.

    Other than that, nothing really interesting. Here's a photo of ice build up from the second, and last time that I had the frozen shorts:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4415383439/" title="iti1007 by anrothardonn, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2697/4415383439_94fa026053.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="iti1007" /></a>

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    Stupidly, I've deleted the pic of this, but one of the first snows we had this year was very dumb. Super warm, super humid. Something like 95% humidity was the number I heard, didn't check on it, but you could taste it.

    The stuff was completely unrideable. I had trouble walking on it with a slight incline.

    Before long, the flat pedals I was using weren't there anymore. It was more like two blocks of slush ice, as thick as the pedal on each side, so I was basically trying to pedal on icy cubes.

    When we have weather like that again, I'm staying inside until it gets colder.

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    The temps here have warmed up and we had sleet a couple of nights ago. The surface of the ice became like a jelly full of tapioca - never seen it like that before - and it was extraordinarily slick.
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    Here's another decent one. Rode into work, then about an inch of ice accumulated on everything, so I accepted a ride home in a friends truck. This is the bike before removing it his truck at my house.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2235617716/" title="icebike by anrothardonn, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2219/2235617716_9b3aa0cd7e.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="icebike" /></a>

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    A buddy of mine had his DT 240 free hub freeze up, and he lost all drive ability. It was about zero, and we were many miles from home. Being in possession of no significant heat producing devices, he used the one remaining heat source he had

    Like a dog on a hydrant he was, and it worked. He just had to keep pedaling. He stopped once, learned his lesson, and fortunately, had enough *reserve* that he got it to engage again.

    It took a few years, and a lot of rainy rides and washes before I didn't cringe as I laid hands on his bike in the stand.....

    What are friends for? He offered to help another frozen hub fella out, last year, the guy balked at his generous offer, and got lucky, his remaining water in the pack was warm enough to get the job done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    the guy balked at his generous offer
    What a prude

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith

    Like a dog on a hydrant he was, and it worked. He just had to keep pedaling. He stopped once, learned his lesson, and fortunately, had enough *reserve* that he got it to engage again.
    That is funny; and it worked too! I will never look at my DT340s again without remembering this story. And, hey, another use for the multi-tool...

    I do switch my DT freehubs over to a spray lithium grease for winter.

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