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Old 10-30-10, 01:03 PM   #1
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46 F and raining...

Water falling out of the sky challenges the motivation. The good news is that most of the streets I prefer to ride on will be pretty empty. I think today is the day to break out the goretex and hang the wind blocker up. On the other hand, the sun sets at 5:30 now, so it's time to HTFU and stop procrastinating.

How quickly does riding in the rain, or right after it's been raining, when the roads are still wet, wear out your drive train? Having a nice road bike has made me aware of the shortcomings of my cross bike ( handling, ride quality, 18 vs 32 lbs ), and I really prefer to be on the roadie. I don't care much about the chain, but what about the cassette, chain rings, and rims?

There'll be no end to the rain until June, but we'll get occasional breaks for a few days at a time.
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Especially if you have a 10spd drivetrain, you'll wear things quicker. Thinner components, less metal, and wet road grit that acts like grinding paste? Not a great combo. I go through a chain and cassette per rainy season on my 9spd commuter/brevet rig: About 2000 - 2500 miles and they're shot. Of course, those are cheaper than 10spd components. Less than $60 to replace 'em both (SRAM 97x equipment)
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Get a chain gauge and keep checking.
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A simple spray washing when you get home, quick dry, and re-lube should work fine. Even a simple wipe down might work. It is not necessarily the water you are worried about but the road grit.

Living in Seattle I suspect you have fenders. That will help somewhat with keeping your drivetrain clean. I also think a lube for wet conditions would be worth an investment. I also think a wax based lube is recommended but I am unsure.
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