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    Wet weather tires and pads

    Hey,
    it looks like my next few races are going to be wet. Any opinions on wet weather tires and pads?
    I'm currently running Specialized All Condition Pro and standard Campagnolo Centaur pads. I also have a pair of ProRace2's lounging around (unswept roads mean I keep getting p*nctures).
    As I hail from England, and thus have ridden in the rain a LOT, I feel pretty good. Anything I should look out for?

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    You will be fine with either set of tires and with the centaur pads. Only help I can throw out there is from my experience, especially in cat 4/5 races, peoeple seem to enjoy using their brakes alot when it is wet out. So it will be even more important to stay in front of the pack throughout the race if their is technical turns or bigs rollers to to avoid the constant stopping and starting in the rear of the peleton. Also, it sounds obvious, but if it's raining or standing water on the roads make sure you wear glasses.

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    Why is it important to wear glasses? I do have some sunglasses I could wear, but I haven't raced with them yet. I don't normally ride with glasses.
    Thanks for the info. I've ridden the bike on some fairly nasty roads, so I'll look forward to repeating it!

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    You'll catch a lot of road grime in the face, so it's good to have some eye protection. Be prepared to clean grit out of your teeth, as well.

    I train and race in rainy Portland, Oregon with Pro2Race or Krylon tires and KoolStop salmon pads. Some people prefer a file-tread on their tires for riding in the rain. Just remember to take corners easier than you normally would.

    Wear a rain jacket to keep yourself dry and warm, and possibly keep your legs bare. Anything that holds the rain against your skin will just make you cold, so try to insulate your core as much as possible. Also, I like to wear wool socks so if my booties soak through, my feet still stay warm.

    Good luck. Riding in the rain is fun, once you get passed that wet part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonderboy
    ...and KoolStop salmon pads...
    +1
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