Was very intrigued from the discussion on this topic and really dug into the BB world in the past few days: Best solution for a High-end Specialized Creaky Bottom Bracket
I’m a HEAVY sweater when doing aerobic training. Even with fans going I would be dripping sweat from my face and my arms about 10 minutes into any workout that’s higher than my endurance intensity. My shoes are always soaked by the end of a ride, which I deal with by throwing them into a washing machine every single day. For the head set I use a sweat cover and a towel, but for the BB I have no way to prevent sweat getting in there.
Most of the time I notice that when sweat will go down from my shorts along the frame down into my bottom bracket area. One way I’ve come up to deal with this is to wear both a base-layer and then a jersey on top basically to pre-soak all the sweat, but it gets pretty hot… Especially now in Beijing it’s getting warmer and warmer.
Now, my bike comes with a standard PF30 shimano Ultegra BB that came with the bike, but I’m wondering if there is a better option out there? I’ve noticed in the past that when the BB gets fluid or sand or whatever in there, it’ll start creaking. And I’m not mechanically versed enough to do the onsite maintenance. Plus I travel a ton, which means the last thing I want to worry about is my BB. But I need to get my training done every day!
I’ve read that Enduro XD-15 BBs have awesome weather seal, will that take my worry about BB durability away (plus the annoying creaks?)