Rust, and lots of it...
A follow up to yesterday's post, all about learning how to ride and maintain a bike in the salt water environment. After a day in the tidal flats and exposed beach, I diligently hosed off the Muk to get rid of the sand and salt, definitely a task that can't be done in the field. However, while in civilization I will attempt to take care of my parts and learn as much as possible.
Fast forward to this morning when I go grab the bike, and the entire chain is a hunking piece of rust. All in less than 24 hours... Now, my bad for not lubing it after washing it, but holy cow was I shocked. It was a solid hunk of metal that only came back to life after some time consuming TLC with oil and a rag. After my ride, the chain seemed to be no worse for the wear, but wow, how to deal with this in the field. The only other place affected by the saltwater seemed to be the rear cogs, which all showed visible signs of rust.
How to maintain the bike while out in the wild where judicious amounts of oil and fresh water don't exist is clearly going to be a problem. If you have dealt with these issues before please post some comments and advice here. I welcome the help!
In the meantime, I was able to get out on the roads and pound some pavement with the Muk. Everything is in full bloom from all the rain making for a beautiful day of coastal exploration.