Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Road Bikes and Rain?

Old 09-27-09, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by BestSportEver View Post
I ride in the rain all the time. I see no need for "rain gear". Your going to be wet with sweat anyway, why bother keeping the rain from making you wet? I would highly recommend a flashing tail light though!
One triathlon will get you over riding in the rain pretty quickly--just hop on the bike completely drenched from your swim and you'll realize it's not such a big deal.

As for the bike, just make sure everything is lubed and make sure it's clean/dry after.

There's something very cool about the solitude/adversity of a ride in the rain.
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Old 09-27-09, 09:39 AM
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I like riding in the rain as well. I have an older road bike fitted with full fenders (SKS). I dont get covered in mud etc. Like Dr Pete said, for some reason, rides in the rain seem to be alot more quiet.

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Old 09-27-09, 09:46 AM
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2 hours in the rain today. Crusty but not rusty. Actually it was a good ride.
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Old 09-27-09, 09:48 AM
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Rust? Yes. Or corrode. Or none of the above.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Old 09-27-09, 10:09 AM
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i'm pretty sure my carbon tubes are dissolving a bit after getting wet. they seem to be thinning out.
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Old 09-27-09, 10:14 AM
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Don't ride in the rain.

Nor drive a car, or bring anything metal out into it. Actually, just skip going outside in the rain too. That Wicked Witch of the West learned that the hard way.
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Old 09-27-09, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
One triathlon will get you over riding in the rain pretty quickly-
I did my last USAC Individual TT in the hammering rain.

I liked it.
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Old 09-27-09, 11:25 AM
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I rode for three hours this morning. It was raining much of the time.

I liked it.
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Old 09-27-09, 11:46 AM
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No one cares.

I liked it.
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Wet rides with light passing showers like today are fine. Rides during heavy thunderstorms with lightening last week, still ok, but I always wonder where that next bolt is coming down.

The beginning of this thread was well played - classic Botto.
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Old 09-27-09, 12:42 PM
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I just finished a 4 hour ride in the rain. On a steel bike, it was so fun.....
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I rode 60km yesterday and another 80km today. It rained the whole time. When the rain hits me, its as if angels' wings were brushing my skin...umm lets skip that.
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I used to hate riding in the rain because of the labor involved. I hate cleaning my chain, getting the grit out of derailers, fretting about my hubs and bb.

Got me a single speed with fenders for rain and winter riding now. I towel it off and lube the chain after each wet ride, and other than that I don't worry about it except for once or twice a year when I put a new $13 chain on it.

Oh, I also stripped with a wire brush and painted it with many layers of rattle can enamel before I built it up.

I highly recommend it.

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Old 09-27-09, 04:25 PM
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Channel Sponge Bob and Plankton. You'll be OK.

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Old 09-27-09, 04:28 PM
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for the love of god, get some proper fenders.

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Channel Sponge Bob and Plankton. You'll be OK.

Can you at least you can put your helmet on straight?
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Old 09-28-09, 12:28 PM
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Wet's on first?
Yes.
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Old 09-28-09, 12:36 PM
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Your bolt heads will rust; at least mine do.
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You all covet my Plankton plush toy.
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Originally Posted by ricadoo View Post
I'm just wondering whether or not it would be ok to cycle in the rain with a road bike ( or any bike for that matter) or will it get rusty?
I ride in the rain all the time (with a steel bike a lot of the time). If you have a steel bike, just coat the inside with JP Weigle Frame Saver and re-grease everything every 6 months or so.

Otherwise, just make sure to wipe down the drivetrain, including the cassette, and re-lube the chain after you ride.

Also, watch out for manhole covers, rail road tracks, pained lines, etc. as they can get slippery in the rain.
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Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
Your bolt heads will rust; at least mine do.
Spend $5 on a Ti Bolt and some grease
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When you crash on a rain-soaked road, you don't get much road rash. That's nice.
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Old 09-28-09, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Channel Sponge Bob and Plankton. You'll be OK.

notice he's holding spongebob with pinky extended... just saying
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Old 09-28-09, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Channel Sponge Bob and Plankton. You'll be OK.

Does this Grandpa wear depends?
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Old 09-28-09, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Atol View Post
Can you at least you can put your helmet on straight?
His helmet IS on straight; it's his head that's on crooked.
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