Rain Bike

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Bridgeman
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by Bridgeman

Sometimes it can be a joyous time, when your good bike gets relegated to rain bike status. Like when the arrival of your new bike is imminent!
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IrrelevantD
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by IrrelevantD

Yea, but riding your good bike in the rain makes for a great excuse for a full wash and lube when the wife says "why are you spending so much time working on your bike today".
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TonyM
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by TonyM

I personally prefer to just have a great good bike with fenders/ mudguards as your rain bike!

This is mine:
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morganb
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by morganb

I find there is some enjoyment in having a rain bike that is absolutely terrible. I have a Dolan Preffisio with a heavily abused 7900 group, whatever wheels are on their last legs, and cheap SKS fenders. It weighs 24lbs with pedals and cages but makes my nice bikes feel super fast when winter is over.

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by fromtrektocolnago

i use my winter/ gravel bike as a rain bike, my firefly, figure since it is titanium with disc it makes the most sense. only thing missing is fenders, but to be honest if its raining too hard i don't want to be out anyway
Colnago C-59 (Dura Ace)
Firefly(Ultegra)
Trek 5200(ultegra)

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kdawg
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by kdawg

You’d love proper full length guards though - makes riding in anything but torrential rain comfortable. Turns out you mostly get wet from rain coming up rather than down so you can ride in decent rain and only be mildly damp. A good front guard keeps your feet and legs pretty dry too.
I'm left handed, if that matters.

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TonyM
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by TonyM

kdawg wrote:You’d love proper full length guards though - makes riding in anything but torrential rain comfortable. Turns out you mostly get wet from rain coming up rather than down so you can ride in decent rain and only be mildly damp. A good front guard keeps your feet and legs pretty dry too.
+1

However I actually never believed it really until I used myself such full length fenders/ mudguards...

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TonyM
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by TonyM

morganb wrote:I find there is some enjoyment in having a rain bike that is absolutely terrible. I have a Dolan Preffisio with a heavily abused 7900 group, whatever wheels are on their last legs, and cheap SKS fenders. It weighs 24lbs with pedals and cages but makes my nice bikes feel super fast when winter is over.
That’s the way I thought 30 years ago. Actually everybody thought like this.

But actually if you work at 300W with the winter heavy cheap bike it is not a better training than 300W with a nice rain bike.

I have to admit that the new training methods (also with power) changed some of my older thoughts (even if I have kept some of my old believes/ behaviors sometimes).

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by liam7020

I like to have a really nice wet weather bike. Basically it could be a race bike only it has full mudguards and slightly heavier tyres. It rains pretty much all the time here in the north of Ireland so you end up spending the majority of your rides on the rain bike and it keeps the enthusiasm going if you have a decent bike to splash about on! Simplon Pavo III with 9000 DA for me.
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