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riding in the rain(12 posts)

riding in the raincolker
Feb 23, 2002 7:13 PM
a local mechanic was shocked that i was riding my nice bike on a rainy day..i love riding when it's warm and raining. does it really destroy drivetrains? even if it does i'll keep ridin my bike on rainy days..
re: riding in the raingtx
Feb 23, 2002 11:13 PM
I ride in the rain a lot. I just make sure to dry off the bike after each rain ride, run the chain through a rag and re-lube. And I've been pretty happy with ProLink. Yeah, you're gonna wear through your drivetrain faster--kind of like mtbing. I take my rain bike apart each summer and spray Boeshield down the tubes.
The rain bikeElefantino
Feb 24, 2002 6:00 AM
If it rains a lot where you live, consider investing in a "rain bike" ... a non-steel bike that you only ride on really cruddy days.

I recently sold my rain bike. (Giant OCR.)

Gee ... that means I have to get another one. Right?

what a glorious feel-ingnm
Feb 24, 2002 6:35 AM
re: riding in the rainFranchise
Feb 24, 2002 7:38 AM
I would have to suggest getting a rain bike. The Colnago, Pinarello, and Merlin stay inside on rainy days. There is much joy to be gained in riding in the rain, and that is done on the Cannondale.

Also, don't forget to wipe off the bike, lube the chain, and a rain bike cannot be steel!
Around here we ride steel in the rainLC
Feb 24, 2002 10:08 AM
I guess we buck the trend in Seattle, where it has been known to Rain. Actually it only rains once a year...from October through June!

Most serious riders/racers here pretty much have to have a rain bike, and the majority use steel. Steel is cheap, comfortable on those long training rides, and has the eyelets and room for fenders.

Logically it would make sense to choose anything other than steel, but there are other things besides rust to consider.
yup--my rain bike is steel, too nmgtx
Feb 24, 2002 4:13 PM
If you ride a steel bike in the rain...Barnyard
Feb 24, 2002 5:10 PM
Just follow manufacturer's instructions. Hanging a bike from front wheel to let the seat tube drain will prolong the life of the bike. Spray a bit of frame saver in tubes not sealed, every 3 months if you ride in the rain often.
propaganda from the desert - annual rainfalls requiredMJ
Feb 25, 2002 1:37 AM
people that live in normally dry places shouldn't offer advice about riding in the wet

I'd listen to guys from Seattle and other wet weather riders - they may have a bit more experience than people who do not live in places where it rains more than once or twice a year

bicylces are not china - contrary to what our Californian friends tell us (California being technically a desert and denoting therefore a comprehensive knowledge of quality wet weather riding advice - NOT) bicycles do not melt or break in the rain - it is normal to ride in the wet, sometimes it is even fun especially when it's warm - drivetrains can chalk up thousands and thousands of miles in the wet with little or no extra maintenance

the next time that somebody says something ridiculous about not riding a steel frame in the wet or wiping down the entire bike with a mild soap and drying the bike, or q-tipping the drivetrain after a wet ride or spraying stuff down all the tubes or rebuilding the headset after every wet weather ride or anything else that people who live in deserts think you have to do to take care of a bike in the wet - they should be required to post the annual rainfall in their riding area in inches and centimetres

I live in London - we get more rain than a freaking rainforest - I might clean my filthy bike once every few months if I can be bothered and have enough beer to help me cope with the excitement - my steel frame has alot of miles on the drivetrain and is purring like the fantastic machine it is

ride on Colker
re: riding in the rainvitusdude
Feb 25, 2002 4:58 AM
I ride in the rain too. Its no big deal. I just clean the drivetrain well afterwards. I ride aluminum, so I don't worry about rust. Many people keep an aluminum 'rain bike' around for such occasions. I also use a screw on rear fender to keep the back spray off my, well, back.
re: riding in the rainSnowBlind
Feb 25, 2002 7:46 AM
Best part is if you do meet any other rider on the road/trail, you know they are just as dedicated to the sport as you.
Or just as crazy....
I think bikes are designed for outdoor use ; )salmonwheel
Feb 25, 2002 9:53 AM
Riding in the rain does increase the wear on parts of your bike, but it is relatively minor under most conditions. Your front tire picks grit, sand etc. with the water and sprays it back towards your crankset. So riding in the rain can increase the wear on your drive train , but it's not going to kill your bike.

I personally don't even blink at the rain (unless it gets in my eyes) just keep riding. Now winter time roads with slush and salt and the sand the road crews spread can really eat up a bike. I only ride a beater in these conditions. Some guys put a front fender on with an extension to keep the grit from being sprayed into the chainrings. I don't cause the fenders cost more than my beater.

That said I don't own a $3,000 bike. If I did, I suppose I could afford another bike for when it might rain. Aww heck, If I had a $3,000 bike I would only ride it on carpet. It's all relative though, I suppose; $3,000 is a significant portion of my annual salary.