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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

You have commented I mainly use the back brake. I therefore propose option 4: improve your braking technique before spending any money. If you only use half of your bicycle's brakes, you can't ...
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Cantilever brakes gets very weak if it rains

I think your transverse cable has got too great of an angle, and you can adjust it to provide more powerful braking force. Much of the mechanical advantage of cantilever brakes comes from the "yoke ...
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Is disk brake effectiveness mitigated by tyres losing traction under strong braking?

Ideally, the brakes should be able strong enough to break traction otherwise you will not be able to brake maximally (i.e., just before the threshold of losing traction). Rim brakes can do this, even ...
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Wetsuit for cycling in rainy cold weather?

I have cycled in a (kayaking) wetsuit, to swim in a river on a cold dry day (just above freezing). It made a sort of sense then, but I wouldn't recommend it in general. I have also done a lot of ...
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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?

The easy answer is a wide-brim hat or long visor on your helmet. This does work, at least at low speeds. You will have to experiment with options, as nothing like this is sold for this purpose as far ...
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Wetsuit for cycling in rainy cold weather?

There's a difference between a wetsuit and a drysuit. A wetsuit is designed to admit water and allow your body to warm that trapped water; a drysuit is impermeable and seals around the openings (neck, ...
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Alright to leave or use electric bicycle in rain

I live in the Netherlands and we have plenty of rain as well as plenty of electric bicycles. I have not heard bikes getting damaged. Parking outside in the rain is a given, washing down with a hose is ...
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Feasibility of keeping an Electrical Bike in poor (wet) storage conditions

It would depend on the bike itself. The electronics on a high end e-mountain bike are pretty much waterproof, and the bike itself is susceptible to the same issues as any bike from rain etc. ...
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Letting air out of tires in the rain: any chance of water getting in? (Presta valve, tubeless tires)

No risk. 70psi is about 5 times the atmospheric pressure. Most sealants are also using water as main fluid (or water/ammonia), unlikely that the small quantity that may get in will have a significant ...
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Does washing the bike (not the drivetrain) actually prolong the life of any components?

You are asking if washing more than the drivetrain has any benefit? In the winter you want to remove salt to reduce corrosion (even aluminum corrodes), especially from drivetrain parts since they are ...
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Spots on bike bar tape after wet ride

It's almost certainly cork that is used in the bar tape for its vibration damping and sweat absorbing properties. It's clearly visible in this promotional image for Cinelli tape:
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Should I be worried about sand in the chain?

It was the right thing to use the lube for the chain. I do not know the particular product but in general spray lubes have the tendency to become too plentiful on the outside of the chain. This film ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

First you need to decide what's limiting your braking. If it's the tyres on the road skidding -- or you're having to back off the brakes to avoid that -- then changing your tyres might help. But ...
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Cantilever brakes gets very weak if it rains

The first step is to replace the brake pads with new ones. Even if they're not worn out, old pads harden and brake poorly. I like Kool Stop ones - they're black or a sort of salmon-coloured pad. ...
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Wetsuit for cycling in rainy cold weather?

"This guy says you'd get sweaty. I can't really picture how that would make a difference, as I've read elsewhere that wetsuits don't completely isolate you from the water, they just trap a thin ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

It should be. That's how I navigate on all my rides, wet or otherwise (phone on the bars). I've done this for a few years, but not completely without incident. Some tips: Make sure all port covers ...
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Smooth tires on wet road?

I wanted to disentangle a few concepts here as most discussions around tire tread and wet conditions have typically been in regards to hydroplane/aquaplane, which other answers have correctly ...
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Why are Disc Brakes better in the Rain?

Discs have a much higher clamping force. For rim brakes, there's usually quite a bit of movement; you can run the brakes with 5mm clearance from the rim and it'll still work fine. With discs, the pads ...
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Are helmets with visor good in the rain with prescription glasses?

Thinking in terms of rain on the outside, the visor is probably easier to wipe than glasses, but probably needs more frequent wiping. It doesn't get any protection from the overhang of the helmet, ...
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Are helmets with visor good in the rain with prescription glasses?

I commute in all weathers, and ultimately nothing will keep your glasses/eyes dry. Rain and wind will almost always find a way to push moisture to your lenses, and the more layers there are, the more ...
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Smooth tires on wet road?

So why, for the bicycles, smooth tires would be better on wet floor ? Is this from the thickness of the tire ? Yes, that and the relatively high pressure combine to displace water around the tyre. ...
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Why are Disc Brakes better in the Rain?

Firstly, one of the main reasons rim brakes fare worse in wet conditions is that the brake pads are often made of rubber or cork, which lose some of their grip when wet. Disc brake pads, on the other ...
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Wetsuit for cycling in rainy cold weather?

You have the right thought, but a wetsuit is not the right tool. The best winter cycling clothes I have are not designed to keep me really dry, they are designed to wick away water fast and provide a ...
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Alright to leave or use electric bicycle in rain

I use E-bike for commuting in all weather for multiple years with no issues, so I am sure it is at least as much waterproof as the ordinary bicycle is. Maybe riding with cassette submerged is not a ...
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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?

The visor certainly helps - mine broke away 6 months ago, but the helmet is undamaged. Its almost impossible to find replacement brims. So you might want to think about your technique. Try riding ...
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Are helmets with visor good in the rain with prescription glasses?

Consider that you are riding in the rain in the direction of the arrow, wearing a helmet (green) and prescription glasses or sunglasses (blue). An additional visor will still collect rain. You will ...
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Should I seal the open spoke holes on my front rim?

It would be best if you could get 16 hole rim (yeah I know the may be hard to find). Holes on the rim go in the zig-zag pattern, and since you skip every second, all your spokes are on one (zig) side ...
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Letting air out of tires in the rain: any chance of water getting in? (Presta valve, tubeless tires)

The OP mentions tubeless systems, but here is an experience I had with tubes. I once pumped my tyres up with a pump that had been standing outside in the rain for a few weeks. I ended up with what ...
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How to keep glasses dry in the rain?

Many cycling gloves are designed with a chamois or microfibre panel on the thumb section. This allows you to wipe glasses with the back of your thumb. It sounds rubbish, but it works really well, even ...
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Will driving through heavy rain with bike on my car damage the bike?

The prevalent thought among many members of the Cycling Illuminati (trademark) is that the high vehicle speeds will drive rain into your bearings on a bike if it is mounted to the roof rack. Seems ...
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