just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Living in the PNW, you betcha I have a rain bike. I built it up from a Nashbar Framè. I used an Ultegra drivetrain, all the same as my good single, 105 brakes, bar-end shifters for cost and to hold down the weight. A big difference is that this thick-wall aluminum frame rides fairly dead and I can't hurt it going down, etc. Of course it doesn't rust, even if I beat the crap out of it. Another difference is that I run inexpensive hubs and easily replaced rims. Except now that I have a set of unobtanium coated Open Pros, I don't have to replace rims again. Another difference is that is has full coverage fenders and mudflaps almost down to the pavement.
I built this bike in 2004 and it's given great service. Look at the radar image, see rain, grab Fred. It's always ready to go, no fiddling around with stuff. No, I don't hose it down after riding it. Usually the rain does that well enough. If it doesn't rain and the roads are wet and gritty, maybe or maybe I'll let it go. As long as I wipe the chain down and keep the chain well lubed with Finish Line Ceramic, grit doesn't wear it much. Fenders and mudflaps are a big help with that. And I don't really give a crap about how Fred presents himself. It's a rain bike. It's a dirty job.
Back in 2004, it cost me $800 to build, buying last year's parts, specials, etc. I've ridden it on centuries, etc. But for randonneuring, I still used a nice carbon bike with clip-on fenders if it looked wet, and then cleaned it up after.