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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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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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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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Disc brakes better for rainy days?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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?

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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Disc brakes better for rainy days?

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 ...
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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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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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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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A long, straight, stiff mudguard?

I think of three kind of mud guards that fit the description: musguard, quickfix, and fender bender. An other solution is the ass saver, but this is not what you are looking for.
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Are there fenders designed specifically for bikes with racks?

Fenders don't fall into an "ok with racks" or "not ok with racks" category. Generally speaking, most traditional fender designs will work on bikes with racks attached. There may be certain ...
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What are the good ways to maintain the bicycle while raining season?

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 ...
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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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Is disk brake effectiveness mitigated by tyres losing traction under strong braking?

You are correct that the maximum deceleration is limited by the maximum force the tires can generate against the road surface. If the brakes can cause the tires to reach that point (usually just ...
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How does waterproof rating translate into rain intensity?

This isn't really cycling specific, but I'm not sure it's worth migrating to Outdoors. What does pressure have to do with rain intensity? The rating is indeed from the hydrostatic head test, and ...
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Is an IP68 rating sufficient to protect a phone during a 12 hour ride in heavy rain?

You’ll be fine assuming you have a recent phone. They’re entirely glued and sealed shut on the inside, and there’s no battery hatch or anything to worry about either. I ride with my iPhone 7 (only ...
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Child seat: how to protect my child's face from rain and wind?

Hamax certainly make a dedicated cover, though when I had a Hamax seat I used a cover from another brand (Raleigh I think). Both keep the child's face uncovered. My worry with that design is that with ...
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Child seat: how to protect my child's face from rain and wind?

If you go to a hardware supply in the personal protective equipment area there is a clear face shield that goes around the top of the head and pivots up. I suggest attaching that to the kids helmet. ...
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Tubeless sealant leaks in the rain

I don't know what the association would be with rain, but sealant coming from random spots on the rim but not the bead lock area implies a tape problem. If it's happening at the bead itself (the joint ...
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Cantilever brakes gets very weak if it rains

In addition to your other answer, it's well worth checking/changing the cables. Rusty cables (or full of muck) have more friction which means more of the force on the lever goes into bending the ...
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