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Rain Bike -- frame question(9 posts)

Rain Bike -- frame questiongray8110
Aug 5, 2002 4:11 PM
As it gets closer to my rainy season here in Oregon, I'm starting to think about putting together a rain bike. Doesn't have to be anything special, just something I don't mind bringing into the rain. When I built my 5900, I had the intention of making my old aluminum bike a rain bike, but when I got the rain bike all built up, my dad decided to buy it from me. I've got enough componentry lying around that I can put together a complete bike without much expense on parts. Any suggestions as far as the frame though. I'm looking on ebay and have found some cool inexpensive options there. I wonder if I should be concerned about making a steel bike a rain bike, though.. would aluminum be better?? Does anyone know of a place to get a basic-no-fills frame and fork aside from the obvious resources (ebay/classifieds.)


re: Rain Bike -- frame questionjulio
Aug 5, 2002 4:49 PM
I'd check out those SOMA frames that JensonUSA has, they seem okay but $300 may be more than you want to spend.

I wouldn't worry too much about a steel frame as long as it's stored indoors when you aren't riding it..
re: Rain Bike -- frame questiongtx
Aug 5, 2002 9:46 PM
Steel is fine. Just spray Boeshield down the tubes once per season. The biggest issue is FENDER CLEARANCE. It's a real pain with many modern road frames. Consider getting a cross frame--the Surly is nice and cheap. I'd recommed SKS fenders. Have fun.
re: Rain Bike -- frame questionAndreas_Illesch
Aug 6, 2002 12:16 AM
put some tape and a piece of a tube on your seatpost like this. there will never be any water inside your frame. if you have a hole on the downside of your bottom bracket, close this too.
here is the pictureAndreas_Illesch
Aug 6, 2002 12:24 AM
here is the picture (really)Andreas_Illesch
Aug 6, 2002 2:07 AM
re: Rain Bike -- frame questiongtx
Aug 6, 2002 6:52 PM
The tube will help a bit, but ride in enough rain and water will still get in. You want to keep the hole in the bb open so water can get out. My rain bike is a Merckx with big cutouts in the bb--water drains out, no rust.
Rust is overrated, at least around herecory
Aug 6, 2002 7:47 AM
I have three steel-frame bikes that are 20+, about 12 and eight years old. None has ever been rust-proofed or had any special treatment, and none shows any signs of rust beyond really superficial spots where the paint has chipped. I live in Reno now, so it's pretty dry, but I used to live near SF and in Santa Monica, so the older bikes have been in bad conditions for years at a time. Even now, a couple of them get ridden in snow and on salted roads, so life's no picnic for them.
I think with Frame Saver or Boeshield, and a freshwater rinse if you get in salty conditions, you don't need to worry much about rust on a rain bike. Not enough that it would influence my frame choice, anyway.
re: Rain Bike -- frame questionpat1
Aug 6, 2002 9:28 AM
Check out He has some Tange Ultralight Prestige road frames for $45. The frame has a brushed clearcoast finish that kind of has a Ti look. I bought one and just built it up as a road single speed. Overall, I'm very happy with it, and it would make a great rainy day bike.