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Old 10-24-06, 10:46 PM   #1
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crappy weather thoughts and questions

I know there's been a million questions about rain, but I thought I'd add mine to the pile.

Cold doesn't bother me at all (I *love* snow rides), but serious thunderstorms like what are coming in tomorrow do. I live in tornado alley, and while it's not tornado season, we get some nasty storms (straightline winds, etc.).

I'm not going to be able to commute tomorrow due to major storms and a lack of fenders. In dry weather, I use my fixie for commuting but in crummy weather, I use my cross country bike. I generally bolt a rack on as my panniers are more waterproof than my messenger bags.

"I told you all of that to ask you this."

Can anyone suggest some fenders for a mountain bike ('04 Gary Fisher Wahoo) that can be easily removed? What about a rack with a simmilar approach? I currently have a "Bor Yueh" (sp?) rack and I love it, but it's sometimes a pain to take on and off.

I'd rather not put the fixie through any terrible conditions as I just finished building it and I'm a little attached to it. I still use the xc bike for rides during the week and on the weekend, hence the need for some sort of quick removal of parts.

Secondly, how bad is rain for a bike? I've heard a lot of people say that it can seriously damage a bike. That or snowy conditions.

Last, but not least, what do most of you do for keeping your feet dry? I've got some mesh topped Answer Palisades that I actually put fleece lined toe covers over to help a bit. On particularly wet days, I stuff some cling-wrap down in them. If you think that's ghetto, I use a shower cap as a helmet cover!

I jumped into commuting a few months ago a little un-prepared, but I love it. I've got a bmx (childhood) and mountain biking background, so it was just a natural extension of my usual rides. I worry about messing up my XC bike by taking it through rain/snow because I'm not ready to purchase another bike. I think my girlfriend would kill me if I bought another, I've already got 3!

Thanks for your time, and I apologize for rambling. It's pretty late and I'm a little bummed that I can't ride to work tomorrow!

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Old 10-24-06, 11:34 PM   #2
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Secondly, how bad is rain for a bike? I've heard a lot of people say that it can seriously damage a bike. That or snowy conditions.

Last, but not least, what do most of you do for keeping your feet dry? I've got some mesh topped Answer Palisades that I actually put fleece lined toe covers over to help a bit. On particularly wet days, I stuff some cling-wrap down in them. If you think that's ghetto, I use a shower cap as a helmet cover!

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It doesn't rain much here, but I've gotten stuck riding in it quite a few times. I ride my old beater mountain bike on days that we're expecting rain. Last week I rode home in the pictured slush/rain. Also, I never worry too much about my feet. I have a hiking boot that's a little water repellent, but in a lot of water, they get soaked.

Dry off your bike when you get home. This helps a lot.
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Rain will damage your bike as much as it damages all the cars you see parked in driveways in the rain. Its metal, plastic and paint.
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Old 10-25-06, 06:35 AM   #4
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When it is raining hard before I start I use plastic baggies pulled over my toes (I have strap cages not clipless, but I figured I would just clip in through the baggie is I do). I also put a garbage bag over my backpack and tear holes for the shoulder straps. Then I throw them all away at the train station.

But I love having fenders all the time. Hey, it's a commuter.
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I'm assuming the reason you want detachable fenders is so they won't get packed up with mud?

Maybe get those gnarly fenders that look like something off a dirt motorcycle...?
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I really don't think you're going to find easily removeavle fenders that provide any kind of real coverage. If you're really in a hurry to get fenders off, replacing the fender mounting hardware with wingnuts might help.
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I'm assuming the reason you want detachable fenders is so they won't get packed up with mud?

Maybe get those gnarly fenders that look like something off a dirt motorcycle...?
I'd just like them to be quickly removed because we tend to go to the trail some afternoons directly after I get off work. That is, ride to the trail from the office or drive the half hour trip to the bigger trails. I usually have to spend some time removing my rack. Taking of fenders would be just as big of a pain.

Wingnuts sounds like a good idea. I've been in and out of my garage trying to scheme up some sort of reliable quick release for a rack and a set of fenders. I'll let everyone know if I come up with something.

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