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Rainy day bike, or just use the same one?(17 posts)

Rainy day bike, or just use the same one?10kman
Feb 4, 2004 6:05 AM
Hey all,

I have a 2001 5200, and it's at the point that I want to rebuild it, or replace it.

Talking with one of my buds about what to do, we were thinking of me just keeping the 5200 for a rainy day bike, and then building a new bike for nice days.

I just don't want to have 3 bikes again, I have 2 now (mtb and my road).

Do you have a rainy day bike, or do you just punish one bike for less time (like a yearly thing)?

Just curious.... Thanks for the help.
yeap, rainy bikeRealCyclopatic
Feb 4, 2004 6:20 AM
is a good idea to have a separate training bike to avoid putting high miles, tear and wear. You'd now you always have a "nice" bike to count on.

however it depends on how much you ride, and what you ride for. If you don't race, don't ride much and you don't mind down time if your ride breaks down, you'd be o'k with one bike.

Me? 2 road (nice/beater), 2 MTB, tandem, etc... you get an idea
yeap, rainy bike10kman
Feb 4, 2004 6:25 AM
LOL, I was afraid of that answer. I usually have more than one bike all the time, cuz I hate downtime.

Daily rider, going to do some MTB races this year, and am increasing mileage slowly to build up strong fitness base, so heavy mileage by summer will be normal.

Sigh, time to find a new bike I guess......
Feb 4, 2004 6:43 AM
if you don't race road, only MTB, getting second MTB should be higher priority, right? besides for back up you can always get cheap slicks to put on your MTB.
Feb 4, 2004 6:52 AM
Actually, I'm thinking about it differently. If I put a majority of my miles on the road bike, then that would mean I should have a backup for that.

The MTB doesn't *need* to be totally functioning to train, I need the road bike though for workouts and such.

That's how I was thinking of it. I have enough backup parts for MTB's sitting around that I can replace just about anything that would break.
how many miles do you plan?RealCyclopatic
Feb 4, 2004 8:06 AM
road bikes don't break that often, really. My rain bike/commuter got through 9mo of ~100mi/week ugly commutes, a few training centuries and longer rides, ~5K last year and runs o'k. Need to clean cables/replace housing, and check chain it has ~3K. Nothing major, shouldn't take me more then a few hours.

I keep "nice" bike for important rides, I know if I wanna do a road race, fast group ride or need to ride 400mi tomorrow it can be counted on. In your case your road bike is for training only, it sounds like you can get away with slicks on your MTB if it croaks. Of cause if you just wanna new bike, that is diff story all together :)


PS beware road miles are supplement/not substitute for MTB racing. Diff body position prompts use of diff muscles, less load on upper body, not much benefit to efficiency and handling skills good luck
how many miles do you plan?10kman
Feb 4, 2004 9:19 AM
I know the road bike doesn't substitute, I ride both bikes. If I need general fitness rides, I use the road bike, I can spin easier.

Mileage can be 300+ miles per week easily I'm planning. so, i do put some wear and tear on my stuff, but do maintain things as you mentioned.

mtb with slicks is okay in a pinch, but that's what turned me to the road bike in the first place. it's annoying after a while, it's just not comfy.
re: Rainy day bike, or just use the same one?Saddle_Sore
Feb 4, 2004 7:15 AM
I currently have two bikes, my "bestest" bike for the summer, and my "winter" bike for when the weather is less than kind. The latter bike has all of the spray guards and less expensive components on it, but because of the rain here in the UK, it's getting some miles put on it.

I'm building up another bike using an old frame and components so that I have a "spring/autumn" bike as well :-)

I'd love a mountain bike but there's no more room in my garden shed :-|
I agree - separate rain bike, but 5200?Ray Sachs
Feb 4, 2004 7:32 AM
If you plan to ride a lot in the rain, a rain bike is a must. But I don't know that I'd use the 5200 for that. Since that's a nice lightweight race type bike, why not but some new parts and rebuild it to be your go fast bike. Then buy a frame for your rain bike that can take slightly fatter tires, fenders, etc, and put the parts from the 5200 on that one. Something like a Surly Pacer or Crosscheck, a Rivendell Rambouillet, a Lemond Poprad, or any number of others would be perfect, depending on how much you want to spend. You'd probably have to get a new set of brakes (cantilever or long reach caliper), but otherwise could use your old parts. No point in having a rainy day bike without fenders - makes riding in the rain tons less miserable.

I agree - separate rain bike, but 5200?10kman
Feb 4, 2004 8:05 AM
I was just thinking the 5200 because it's all ultegra, it's an 01, has some chips here and there, etc. I agree though, it is a nice bike to turn into a rain hog.

Prolly cheaper to upgrade that, than buy a whole new expensive bike too.

We'll see.......
re: Rainy day bike, or just use the same one?ukiahb
Feb 4, 2004 9:03 AM
I use my fixed gear/beater as my rain bike and that works really well. It has sealed hubs and BB so I can just hose all the grit off when I return from a rain ride and then wipe off the chain and re-oil it....way easier to clean the fixie than a geared bike, and my "good bike' still looks and runs good.
I have a 5200 rain bike and love itandy02
Feb 4, 2004 9:40 AM
I oredered a 5900 for spring/summer racing but have a 2002 5200 for bad weather. Get finders! I need to make the seat post water tight. In a heavy downpoor I get a fair amount of water in my BB if I don't empty it from the seat tube when done ridding.
I have a 5200 rain bike and love it10kman
Feb 4, 2004 9:50 AM
You could do a few things to help that......

Get a hose clamp from home depot, and an old innertube. Cut a piece of the innertube, and clamp it around the bottom of the post, right where it meets up with the frame. That may keep it out.

Or, track down an O-ring that's very tight, but possible to get over the post. Then just put it in the same spot.

I did the hose clamp idea with an old MTB, worked great, was just ugly. The O-ring is the "refined" version, I just haven't had a reason to try it!
Thanks for the tip -heading to HD for a Oring nmandy02
Feb 4, 2004 11:04 AM
No prob, hope it works....... NM10kman
Feb 4, 2004 11:11 AM
Thanks for the tip -heading to HD for a Oring nmSaddle_Sore
Feb 5, 2004 3:45 AM
Alternatively (and this is what I've done) you can get some clear silicon sealant and apply it around the join of seatpost to downtube - less obvious than an "O" ring but just as effective ;-)
2nd bike, but not necessarily a beaterPmbH
Feb 4, 2004 11:18 AM
I race cross in the fall, and then convert my cross bike as a "rain" bike for the winter. Change of gearing, change tires, add fenders, and I'm ready for just about anything. This bike also sees duty for touring and light MTB'ing. I have two sets of wheels for it, making it easy to switch things around.

The key things for me in the winter are: Fenders, Kool-Stop salmon brake pads, and cheap (easy to replace) parts. Shimano 105 and LX abound on my cross/winter bike.