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I can't remember the last time I got soaked while riding, but it poured pretty hard during yesterday's evening ride. Today, I'm dealing with the consequences of the very enjoyable ride:

- total loss of brakes (has it's own thread)
- very sticky chain kept trying to get stuck
- water inside fork (cheap Suntour XCR-LO)
- water inside seat tube
- water inside head tube
- moisture inside shifter and brake cables
- chain was left totally unlubed
- I bet there's water inside the tires too, haven't looked yet!

What was your memorable heavy rain ride like?
 

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I had a pretty fun rain ride recetly. It seemed my tires were doing a damn good job keeping traction so it turned out o be a verry enjoyable new england mid day ride. I was a bit nervous to ride fast things seemed a bit too slick to really push it but as i kept pushing trough the slippery roots and the slick rock things proved to be worth the effort. I didnt lose traction too much, didnt get hurt and it helped me learn what my tires were capable of. I wasnt too happy killing the trail in the process but every once and a while it wont hurt it.
 

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It was an on again/off again thunderstorm/sun for 4 hours. One point was so bad that the water was draining faster than it was coming down and it was like riding in a stream on the trail. Water was spinning off the front tire so much plus the downpour you couldn't really see clearly. We were cold, wet, tired and hungry and it sucked a$$ at the time. But it was also very memorable.
 

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Well we spent about an hour climbing various singletrack and fire roads climbing up to this trail that is very well known in the area. By the time we got to the top it started getting dark and pretty cloudy. Not only did we miss the right trail-head but it started pouring rain. By the time we got to the end there wasn't much that wasn't covered in mud. No matter how shitty it was it was still a great ride. I guess I should say its not many dry days that we get in the PNW though, so regardless of a downpour its not like you stay dry...
 

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Oh please. I ride in heavy rain all the time in the winter. Think of it as an opportunity to get your bike REALLY clean afterward and do all the service items you have been avoiding. Your brakes should work fine in the rain - if they aren't get them fixed or new ones. Having water in the BB, ST, and HT is completely normal. If you know ahead of time, bring lube and a rag in a ziplock bag. When it starts chainsucking, lube, wipe clean with the rag, overlube again and ride until it does it again. Good wet weather lubes are Tri-Flow, WD-40, etc.
 
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