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Old 09-03-13, 01:09 PM
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Post your rain bike set up.

Post your rain bike set up (pic or description), hopefully with your fender solutions. Mine is shiite at the moment but im trying to dial in a good solution for the winter. Note, ive been trying to dial in a good solution for 15 Oregon winters!! Mine currently is a paddy wagon with gatorskins and clip on fenders, but i ffffffffn hate clip on fenders. but for general oregon drizzle they seem to do the trick. they are harsh on paint so choose your battles i guess.
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Mountain bike, for a start. Is much more relaxed about being bounced in and out of gravelly potholes. Marathon + or Armadillo tyres. 1/4" SS chain with an internal geared hub. Crudguards.

If you want to stick with what sounds like a roadie then perhaps consider P-Clamps as a substitute for the missing mudguard lugs. That way you can mount full length guards which will work better than short flappy clip ons.
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It only rains about 8 inches a year in Phoenix, so there's no need for a rain bike.
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Old 09-04-13, 07:48 AM
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Here's my winter/wet bike. Used extensively all year round in wet west of Scotland.



2011 Trek 1.5 56cm frame set matte black (steerer now cut and spacers removed)
Handbuilt Ambrosio Evolution rims w/ black 105 hubs, ACI stainless DB spokes
SKS Longboard fenders
Shimano Tiagra 50/34 chainset
Shimano 105 5700 12-27 cassette
Shimano 105 5700a RD
Shimano Sora 3400 FD
Shimano Ultegra BB
Shimano Dura Ace chain with KMC missing link
Shimano BR450 long reach brake calipers
Microshift 10 speed shifters (will be replaced with 5700s I now have spare)
Bontrager carbon seat post
Bontrager Race Lite stem 100mm
Bontrager Race VR compact bars 42mm
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Selle Italia C2 Genuine Gel saddle
Continental GP 4000s 23mm tyres
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Weighs around 10kg/22lbs as pictured
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The bike I use is a Soma ES. It's my Summer bike also. The only difference I do for Winter is add fenders and switch the tires out for 28mm Gatorskins. I live in Beaverton so same weather.
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wet west scotland, very much like wet west oregon! good setup bobones. we have similar bikes (trek 2.1). trek was smart and included a fender mount boss on the back of the seat tube. perhaps i should go this route and use my nice bike as the commuter. knobster, i very much like the soma smoothies also. have thought about builiding one up. i ran a beta test yesterday and tried some 28c vittoria randoneurs. they were like riding through mud. i put them up for sale on craigslist! back to the drawing board. i usually run 23c gatorskins, do those in 28 still run pretty fast? i had some conti ultra sports in a 28 for a bit on a beater and they seemed ok.
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Another Phoenician here... fair weather bike = rain bike. I just wash it and lube the moving parts after the 1 day a year of rain.... :|
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My rain bike is the same as my dry bike. Hopefully next spring I'll fix that by getting a dedicated "dry" bike.



My "rain" setup is stock for this bike (it came with matching aluminum fenders) with my only modification being the addition of mud flaps that go almost to the ground and a Topeak drybag for my top tube that holds my phone, wallet, keys and garage door opener.
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those jamis-es (plural of jamis??) are a nice setup. disc brake, roadie commuters are a good way to go for the gray northwest. lots of people around here just go with cyclocross setups and put on skinny road tires.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
Post your rain bike set up (pic or description), hopefully with your fender solutions. Mine is shiite at the moment but im trying to dial in a good solution for the winter. Note, ive been trying to dial in a good solution for 15 Oregon winters!! Mine currently is a paddy wagon with gatorskins and clip on fenders, but i ffffffffn hate clip on fenders. but for general oregon drizzle they seem to do the trick. they are harsh on paint so choose your battles i guess.
Doesn't the Paddy Wagon fit full fenders and have eyelets? Just do that and add some long mudflaps and be done with it.

SS/fixed is really the thing for crap weather if you're not trying to keep up with fast group rides, etc... Way easier to clean the drivetrain and replacement drivetrain parts are way cheaper when the grime gets the better of them.

I have a fendered Cross Check and a fendered ss Brompton. Not too exciting.
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I need to update my picture as I've gone to these nice half clips...

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Don't need one in Reno. In the winter I'll just ride my commuter bike if there might be snow on the road. It's an old Trek MTB with a rigid fork, 26" wheels, Planet Bike MTB fenders, and drop bars. It's sort of a poor man's cross bike.
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Old rain bike (it was incomplete when I took the picture 5 years ago). Crashed it and bent the downtube and top tube.



New rain bike that I just reassembled using an old frame I had.



Will plan on getting a carbon disc frame once they sort out the gimmicks.
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Kona Jake the Snake with road gearing, 700x28 road tires, and SKS P35 chromoplastic fenders. It's a PERFECT winter bike. The only way to improve this setup for winter would be disc brakes.

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No pics. PDX local.

My rain bike is my CX bike. 28c Conti 4seasons. Performance wheels that I throw away each year. SKS fenders.

Lots and lots of NiteRider. lots. Helmet and bike mount for commuting in the dark.
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