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Disc brakes are generally more effective in the rain than rim brakes, but using rim brakes properly in the rain has served people well for many years. You need to feather the brakes to remove the water+crud from the rims. Softer brake pad compounds can also help you brake more easily. Also, having good quality brakes that are well adjusted is always a good ...


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Use fenders with good coverage! They will keep most of the dirty spray water off your bike. You'll be surprised how much less oiling your chain needs with proper fenders. Proper fenders means: a front fender with a mud flap that reaches within a few centimeters of the road a rear fender that starts some centimeters below the chain stays, so that water ...


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I've done my motorcycle test and know all about defensive riding techniques - and you apply it no matter what bike you are riding. I ride both rim and disc brake bicycles on my winter training and on my commuter bike. On the winter bike I have swapped out the pads to a softer compound for better braking performance (but not so good for longevity). Even with ...


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The delay period you normally experience with caliper brakes is much less noticeable with disc brakes, especially a good quality pair. Even more noticeable is that on much steeper inclines and especially in damp conditions caliper brakes, as I'm sure you've noticed, tend to have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to applying pressure. Disc brakes on ...


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Store your bike in a dry place if possible. This is probably the most important thing - even if you ride every day, your bike spends more time parked than it does on the road. Clean and oil the chain regularly. If it's squeaking or showing rust, you're not doing it often enough. If you have loose bearings anywhere on your bike (hubs, pedals, bottom bracket, ...


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The best way is not to ride your bike on rainy days at all. According to your own account, this isn't possible. So: Wipe dry the frame, bottom bracket, hubs, chain, crankset, etc. If possible, use an air blower to keep them dry. Use water-proof parts, like some hubs with a rubber ring to prevent water from getting inside them. Also using waterproof grease ...


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Note that riding in the wet is generally more risky than riding in the dry since things are indeed slipperier than in the dry. Relatively innocuous things in the dry become hazardous in the wet regardless of your tire type (such as wet leaves). Wet also is accompanied by oil in many cases on the road, especially if rain hasn't washed the oil from the cars ...



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