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Rain Wheels??sgray8110
Dec 19, 2001 12:16 PM
I just got a new pair of Campy Protons which are going to generally be my primary wheelset. I've only taken a couple rides, but I love them so far.. I'm curious though.. I've got my old nasty looking CXP-21 wheels, I'm considering overhauling the hubs and throwing on a new cassette and calling those my rain wheels.. but is this even necessary?? I'm in Oregon and it's the rainy season right now. Would I have anything to worry about if I use the Protons in the weather. I'm not talking about riding everyday in nasty conditions, but if I want to go for a ride, the rain isn't going to stop me.

re: Rain Wheels??gtx
Dec 19, 2001 2:36 PM
keep the nips lubed (drop of Tri Flow from time to time) and yeah, the rims will wear down quicker from wet weather braking. Since I moved to the Pacific Northwest I've put myself together a dedicated rain bike--that way I don't think twice before heading out into the rain.
true "rain wheels"Dog
Dec 19, 2001 2:44 PM
If I were wanting true rain wheels, I'd get some with a ceramic coating on the brake surface. It's vastly superior when wet.

Other than that, I don't think it matter. Just don't get Rolfs (or anything similar) that allow water inside the rim through the spoke holes.

NOT Rolfstarwheel
Dec 20, 2001 5:28 AM
Dog's not kidding about the Rolfs. My brother has a set and they fill up with water every time you ride in the rain or wash the bike. A totally stupid design. He's broken several spokes from corrosion caused by all the water seeping in. Must have something to do with Trek deciding to drop their contract with Rolf.
If you got 'em, use 'emEric
Dec 19, 2001 7:04 PM
You might as well have some function for your old wheels. By all means, give them an overhaul and keep them for the wet days. There is no reason to abuse your nice stuff on rainy rides. I'm also a Pacific NW guy, and even better than having a rain wheelset is having a rain bike complete with fenders and flaps. It doesn't have to be pretty or fancy, just reliable.