Rick Chasey wrote:The difference it fairly marginal and you'll have to decide yourself if you're the type who gets spooked when the braking gets a bit worse in the wet or not.
I see it as a fairly simple equation: I'm light enough that I stop faster than most folks regardless of braking system and I spend a lot less time braking than I do hauling the brakes around places so I don't really feel the need for disc brakes.
I have a theory that a lot of newer people to road cycling who haven't grown up with it, treat their bicycle brakes like they're car brakes, and so naturally feel much more secure with disc.
If that's the case, knock yourself out and get disc. I've seen enough older men get the heebiegeebies on descents because they don't trust their brakes.
I do trust my rim brakes, so I don't really feel the need to spend more money on them.
With all due respect Rick, every sentance in your post has a veiled slur in it which is just laughable implying "You're less of a man if you need to rely on disc brakes". I think all the "remainers" are going to get really upset in the future when they can't buy a shiney, new bike complete with yesterday's technology.