Join Date: May 2007
Location: Buffalo NY
Bikes: Gerry Fisher Nirvana, LeMond Buenos Aires
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What kind of brake pads and rims do you have? On my old 1980's bike with the chome wheels, the brakes were scarry when it rained. Nothing would happen for while after applying the brakes. With my modern hybrid bike I now can stop fine in rain. Even in a down poor, if I apply the brakes they grab immediately. Just like with a car, braking distance is slightly longer in the wet, but there should be little difference.
I also LOVE my SKS fenders. I don't worry about looking at the weather if I can ride or not. The weather determines if I can ride my road bike or if I ride the hybrid - my all weather "road warrior." With the fenders water now doesn't go up my front and back. I also have my rain gear always with in my pannier bags therefore I am never cought without protection.
I no longer mind riding in the rain except during early Spring and late Fall. Near freezing temps and rain make for some seriously cold hands and face. I still need to get some waterproof gloves later this Summer. Otherwise riding in the rain isn't bad.