Teaser: My new Rain Bike


by Andrew Martin on Aug 08, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Intimate Winter Bike

Finally! A quality US made steel rain bike with a high quality disc wheelset, pure road geometry, and still sub 20lbs! Lots more to come here.

Update - hit the extended story to get the build. I’m getting mine with the new PowerTap Disc Wireless hub!

Here’s the trim package that’s standard for the SRAM build:

SRAM Rival is SRAM’s workhorse. New for 2009 is Carbon where it matters and practicality of Aluminum where it makes sense.<br/>

Frame: Tru-Temper Platinum, Fork: Baron Carbon, Headset: FSA Orbit x, Shifters: SRAM Rival, Cranks/BB: SRAM Rival, Hubs: White Industries MI6, Rims: Velocity Deep V, Spokes: DT Black Double Butted, Brakes: Avid BB7 Disc, Casette: SRAM OG 1070, Rear Der: SRAM Rival, Front Der: SRAM Rival, Chain: SRAM 1030 10sp, Stem: Stem FSA 0S 99, Handlebars: FSA Energy, Seatpost: FSA SLK Carbon, Bar tape: Fizik Microtex, Tires: Schwable Stelvio 25, Saddle: FSA SLK chromo, Seatpost Clamp: Profile Slim Jim 28.6

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I can’t wait to get one built up with Wald components and a steel basket

On the topic of road disc brakes, I think I’ve become a retro-grouch. It’s the squealing I can’t deal with, a bottom-bracket tick will end a ride early for me.

So who makes the frame???

Jason Kazee
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Looks like leather bar wrap; not particularly good in the rain.

Looks nice!  Do you have a parts build list?

Who make is the handlebar tape? I really like the color.

@Jason - Baron Bicycles.  Site is still being worked out but the owner is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

@Byron - that’s just managing the trim on the calipers.  My disc bike is quieter than my road.

@Brian - the tape is Fizik Microtex tape, not leather.  Leather in the wet blows.

I’ll append the build kit to the post.

nice bike but doesn’t a proper rain bike have fenders??

to the other commenter, the tape is fizik microtex (not leather and very grippy).

@kirk - yeah, fenders are coming, but just not pictured on this one.  Full fenders and flaps for sure.  I’ve pinged the builder and I’m sure he’ll pop in for a comment or too.

I’ll believe the “silent running” disc brakes when I hear ‘em. Remember the arrival of Trek’s Portland on the weekend training rides and all that noise. Dogs were howling in the neigborhoods as the peloton rolled and squealed by.

Andrew, are you running the BB7s or the BB roads?  I’ve found that the BB road discs work much better with the road levers, even if you did have the BB7s just lying around.

Then again, the disc brakes are complete overkill for the rain bike - there is a much higher likelihood of accidentally locking up the rear wheel on wet slippery pavement.


While I’m very skeptical of discs on rain bikes, here in the Pacific Northwest, the wet weather does untold damage to your bike and this is mostly for maintenance, fender clearance, and stopping. For years, cyclist have ridden crossbikes as rain bikes, but they’re not “road bikes,” for the long rides and hard training rides in the rain. On hilly, gritty, grimy rides, I’ve gone through pads in one ride. Yes, that include all manner of pads from manufacturers.


The myth of accidentally locking the rear wheel is totally unfounded.  With any brake in the wet, you can lock it.  Disc brakes do not make you stop ‘faster’ , they just take less pressure to do the same amount of stopping you do with any other brake. 

I remember that same argument when v-brakes were first put on mtb’s. 

Byron complains about the sound, but mine don’t rub, and I prefer the sound of discs to the sound of my rims slowly being sanded away by winter road grime.

The discs are the BB7 Road version.




@DL I’ve been running Avid BB7’s since before they were called BB7’s (2003) Once they’re set up properly they don’t rub.  They only occasionally make noise while braking if it’s really (as in why the f*** am I out here) wet out. The same conditions that will make ordinarily silent rim brakes whine.

By “set up properly” do you guys mean “according to Avid’s directions”?  I’ve tried that on several occasions and they still wind up squealing like crazy in the wet.

Are you using the stock pads/rotors?

For me it’s BB7 (road) on a Bianchi Roger.

@Wes (and everybody else)

My trick for avoiding the squealing is to keep the rotors clean.  I typically hose them down after every grimy ride and alcohol the rotors when they start to show wear. 

In the couple cases where they do start to get loud - I just shoot some water from my bottle on them.  Same trick works for rim brakes.  Mostly just removing the slurry of crap from the braking surface.