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    I hate riding in anything greater than a drizzle

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    Important lesson learned in the rain. RR tracks very slippery. Results in giant bruises and strained neck muscles But I can still ride.

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    I just got home from a real soaker. When I left home it was totally clear skies and warm. The return was one hour of wet riding. No prepared for it, so I did not take a rain coat. It was ok. Bike gear cluster not too badly covered with grit. A surprise. Think since it was under 70, I guess I wish I had taken a rain coat. Only thing I didn't like . Traffic at rush hour seemed more impatient with me in low light visibility conditions. Guess they were more reluctant to pass or something.

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    One of the things to think about after a ride in the wet- is the bike. It will be covered in road dirt and that will have worked its way into every crevice on the bike. Brakes- Chain- headset- Gears- deraillers.

    It will need a wash down and spray with water displacement oil within a short time of getting home- Otherwise the next ride will be on a rusty bike that needs a lot of new parts fitted to it very shortly.
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    I like it when I have the luxury of changing into dry clothes once I'm done. Especially sucks when I'm soaked going into the grocery store and they have the AC cranked down to the 60s.

    I don't like cleaning my bike more than once a month, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    One of the things to think about after a ride in the wet- is the bike. It will be covered in road dirt and that will have worked its way into every crevice on the bike. Brakes- Chain- headset- Gears- deraillers.

    It will need a wash down and spray with water displacement oil within a short time of getting home- Otherwise the next ride will be on a rusty bike that needs a lot of new parts fitted to it very shortly.
    I've made a habit out of hosing my bike down in the backyard at the end of a ride, when warranted. (i.e., mud caked on the wheels and/or gears.) When it's dry the next day, I dribble a little chain lube on. Anyone know if I'm doing the right thing here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    One of the things to think about after a ride in the wet- is the bike. It will be covered in road dirt and that will have worked its way into every crevice on the bike. Brakes- Chain- headset- Gears- deraillers.

    It will need a wash down and spray with water displacement oil within a short time of getting home- Otherwise the next ride will be on a rusty bike that needs a lot of new parts fitted to it very shortly.
    the last couple miles, using the brakes, it all sounded pretty gritty.

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    wanna get the bike out today, that yesterday I rode in the rain. Tomorrow I am changing out the chain and rear cluster so guess don't need to scrub it up too much.
    But, after wiping off the rim, I still hear a gritty noise when applying the brakes. Could it be after a rain ride, you need to file off brake pads to make for clean braking.
    Part of my rain ride problem, some here said, particles gets into everything. Deraillieurs, pulleys, etc. I don't like that. One said, because of riding in the rain you are constantly doing repairs such as bb replacements, premature change outs of bb ball bearings, etc. True?

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    Just found out I have another riding in the rain issue to work out. Went to a store. Got out my wallet. My money is totally wet. My bike licesne color's have run. My money is out on the porch drying in the sun. Photos all wet.
    I had my wallet wrapped in a sandwich bag and it still got in. I always keep my wallet wrapped in a sandwich bag, even on totally sunny days. I do that so I can put it in my jersey pouch and attempt to protect it from the sweat.
    Apparently sandwich bags are not enough. The with the zipper lock . At times , it was a drenching rain.

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    one thing you can do is have a bike specificaly for rainy days, then you don't have to worry. My 45lb Motobecane had chromed steel rims, so I didn't really use my brakes that much since they didn't work too well. once going down hill a pedestrian asked for directions, only had enough time to blurt out "no brakes" after I tried to slow down, can always use your foot on the tire if you really have to stop I suppose, put a big groove in the side of a nice pair of shoes that way once.

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