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, 03:37 AM
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Road Bikes and Rain?

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?
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Yes it's ok to ride in the rain or yes it'll get rusty?
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you've got it.
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what!!??
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exactly.
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Yes it's fine to ride in the rain. A lot of people do it. Make sure it's lubed well. After a wet ride I usually will 'bounce' the bike a bit to shake off the excess water from the drive train.
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You get more flats in the rain and wet roads.
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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?
Is it ok to ski while it's snowing?
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Originally Posted by pdedes View Post
Is it ok to ski while it's snowing?
Never skied on a road bike? Have you?
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Yes it's fine to ride in the rain. A lot of people do it. Make sure it's lubed well. After a wet ride I usually will 'bounce' the bike a bit to shake off the excess water from the drive train.
Thanks for the reply - the only sane one so far!!
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You're welcome, ricadoo. Don't be afraid to ride in the rain. Don't ride through DEEP puddles, you don't want to submerge your bottom bracket. That wouldn't be good. Just be extra careful, though. It's harder for drivers to see bikes when it's raining.
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Originally Posted by ricadoo View Post
Thanks for the reply - the only sane one so far!!
sure.
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best thread ever.
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I'm about to go for a 2-3 hour ride in the rain. I hope this is going to be OK.
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actually, weren't you near the end of the Tour of Ireland (cork)? seems a few big names bucked out when the rain became torrential...glad to see others perservered.

off-topic, almost, i know.

of course, you can ride in the rain. just be more careful. clean the bike. it's a machine, not an heirloom. enjoy it.

i'm about to get my bike out in the rain now.

btw, never biked ireland, but been to cork. lovely area. great country.

p.s.
actually, when it rains very hard, i usually pull out a different bike and hit the mud...that's actually more fun
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But I thought bikes melted in the rain?

Or is that just carbon fiber bikes?

And what about people. If the so says I'm sweet, does it mean I'm made of sugar? Sugar melts, right?

Key thing about riding in the rain is having the right raingear. There are arguments for fenders too. I have not gone that far yet, but will get fenders for the wannabe touring bike.
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Worst part of riding in the rain is being seen. Blinkies and reflective gear help. Secondly, the rain coming down isn't the problem, it's the water on the roads and all the sand, dirt that gets tossed onto your chain and cogs along with the water. Wipe these off when you get home. Third, tires don't stick as well in the rain. Slow down on curves a bit, and plan ahead to brake. Lastly, as 10 Wheels noted, small, bad things stick to wet tires. Be prepared for a flat now and then, especially with thin, worn tires. Oh yeah, you're colder when wet, but your bike won't care. Have a jacket handy.
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I build my bikes out of sugar. No riding in the rain for me.
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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!
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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!
Riding in the rain in the south is fine because of the high air temperature and warm rain, but in many areas, the rain is cold and you will get very, very cold without rain gear.
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if you ride with other people make sure you have a rear fender makes the ride way better
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