Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I wouldn't bother drying the frame off with a towel unless you needed to do it to bring the bike inside or something.
There's 2 things I've found I have to do after riding in the rain sometimes -
1. Add a little oil to the chain. Otherwise (though not always) it gets squeaky when riding.
2. Wipe down the rims on the wheels. With rim brakes, sometimes crud accumulates on the rims, then when you brake it gets noisy (and theoretically grinds any grit into the rim).
I'm not saying you really *need* to do these things, but if you have either of these problems (squeaky chain when riding, noisy brakes when stopping) these are the solutions. I don't even do them every time, just sometimes, and when I notice a problem.
Fenders might also reduce your need to do either item, though fenders aren't perfect either.