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Old 03-20-11, 10:26 AM   #1
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is road biking in the rain a bad idea

other then getting wet should i pass on it?is it bad for the bike?
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Old 03-20-11, 10:45 AM   #2
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You want to clean and lube your bike immediately after the ride. The grit can be hard on bearings, but this is more of a concern where it actually rains more than 20 days out of the year. For what it's worth, I put on a crappy set of wheels with tougher but slower tires if I expect to get wet. Go have fun!
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Old 03-20-11, 11:19 AM   #3
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other then getting wet should i pass on it?is it bad for the bike?
It's won't hurt the bike in the least. Just give it a quick wipe down when you're home, and lube up the chain a bit if you're strict about these sorts of things.

Get fenders to keep yourself cleaner in the future.
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Old 03-20-11, 11:54 AM   #4
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What he ^ said. At least wipe the water off the chain.
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Old 03-20-11, 12:02 PM   #5
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If you ride in the rain a lot, especially in the mountains, it's hard on the brakes and the drivetrain. Rims will wear down quicler, too.

Lube it like everyone said and if the rims get water in them and start sloshing, take the tires off and dry them out.
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Fenders, washing and lubing are all good advice. Or, you can buy a cheap fixed gear and make it your rain bike. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rk_blkbrry.htm
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The wear and tear on your bike should be the least of your worries. The safety factor should be. If you are riding on a a bike trail, you should be ok. If you are riding on the streets then you should realize these facts. When car windshields are wet and wipers are on cars don't see you. I've been commuting to work for over 18 years, Iv'e only been hit by cars twice, both times it was raining and both times were in broad daylight. Be Safe out there..
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Iv'e only been hit by cars twice, .
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Lube your chain after the ride. I forgot to do this the last time I was caught in the rain, and had to listen to a lot of squeaking the next time I rode.
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Its not a matter of if you'll be hit but when you'll be hit, that's often the saying.
The bike will be fine, it won't melt.

Go slower and carefully around turns.
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Its not a matter of if you'll be hit but when you'll be hit, that's often the saying.
That's a very "the glass is half empty" saying. Plenty of cyclists go a lifetime without being struck by a car.
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Rode in to work in the rain this morning. Encountered large amounts of crunchy hail for about a quarter mile. Beautiful sunrise, exciting commute. Fenders and 28mm Schwalbe Marathons made crossing mudflows and water crossings easy, not to mention retina-searing lighting.
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I rode in too. My commute is 21 miles, I got 2 miles from work and got drenched. It just was not my day!
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Be sure to stay "off the paint" lines and wet leaves on the street; their slickness will take you down in wet conditions. Also, be sure to use brake sooner then you usually would do as wet rims will have less "grab."
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