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Old 11-30-08, 11:28 PM   #1
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6 miles today!

I know for a lot of you 6 miles is no big deal, but this was my first rain ride. I dont have the proper lowerbody rain gear, but I figured it was a light rain and it was, so I really enjoyed it. I picked up a balaclava at Cabelas and it came in handy, although when I breath out through the mouth while its covered, it fogs my lenses. I've been considering contacts, this is just another reason.

I did a 5k road race last sunday, and then thanksgiving am, and I've been mixing running in with my race walking and had some IT band tightness. I took 2 days off from exercising, and found the ride today a good workout and also pain free, at least in terms of my knee. I had saddle issues as I hadnt tightened up the bolt all the way I guess as it wound up shifting under me. The LBS let me adjust it, but I didnt get it level and the last 3 miles werent as comfy as normal. I'm fixing it tomorrow, and hoping there will be some dry weather for another short ride after work.
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Old 11-30-08, 11:38 PM   #2
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I've not had occasion to ride in the rain much. I do have a rain cape, which is about the equivalent of walking with an umbrella- meaning it works great if you go slow, there's not much wind, etc.

Seems like I had two or three different face masks when I was snowshoeing in Colorado, and some worked better than others. If I remember right, the camo balaclava fogged my sunglasses (which I had to wear over my contacts due to wind!), but I had a black neoprene face mask that didn't. It sort of depends on how they fit around your face and all, it wasn't just a quality issue. Beards help, too.
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Old 11-30-08, 11:49 PM   #3
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I know for a lot of you 6 miles is no big deal, but this was my first rain ride. I dont have the proper lowerbody rain gear, but I figured it was a light rain and it was, so I really enjoyed it. I picked up a balaclava at Cabelas and it came in handy, although when I breath out through the mouth while its covered, it fogs my lenses. I've been considering contacts, this is just another reason.

I did a 5k road race last sunday, and then thanksgiving am, and I've been mixing running in with my race walking and had some IT band tightness. I took 2 days off from exercising, and found the ride today a good workout and also pain free, at least in terms of my knee. I had saddle issues as I hadnt tightened up the bolt all the way I guess as it wound up shifting under me. The LBS let me adjust it, but I didnt get it level and the last 3 miles werent as comfy as normal. I'm fixing it tomorrow, and hoping there will be some dry weather for another short ride after work.
I have to say, good job on going out in the rain with no rain pants. I didn't cycle myself yesterday because of the same issue, so you're definitely one up on me.

I just haven't been able to find any rain pants that will fit me as Sweden is a bit hard on us Athenas. I guess it's another source of motivation for me to slim down. Would be nice to find clothes without running all over town or ending up needing to go to Stockholm. *sigh*

Today looks promising for a ride though. Supposed to be partly cloudy, no rain, 39 degrees with little wind, and the nearly 3 feet of snow we got early last week has cleared the roads. No dragging my rump through snow drifts with my low to the ground 'bent trike.
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Old 12-01-08, 03:37 AM   #4
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I know for a lot of you 6 miles is no big deal, but this was my first rain ride. I dont have the proper lowerbody rain gear, but I figured it was a light rain and it was, so I really enjoyed it. I picked up a balaclava at Cabelas and it came in handy, although when I breath out through the mouth while its covered, it fogs my lenses. I've been considering contacts, this is just another reason.

I did a 5k road race last sunday, and then thanksgiving am, and I've been mixing running in with my race walking and had some IT band tightness. I took 2 days off from exercising, and found the ride today a good workout and also pain free, at least in terms of my knee. I had saddle issues as I hadnt tightened up the bolt all the way I guess as it wound up shifting under me. The LBS let me adjust it, but I didnt get it level and the last 3 miles werent as comfy as normal. I'm fixing it tomorrow, and hoping there will be some dry weather for another short ride after work.
Great work, TKGN. Although I do have to scold you for negativity. Lots of 'serious' cyclists don't ride in the winter or the rain. You've done both. So please, no more whining about six miles not being a big deal.

Always keep the bolt on the seatpost tightened. Is this a quick release saddle/seatpost?

Stretching is a good way to treat IT band tightness. Lots of information in books and on the Internet about it.

When I ride with a balaclava, I pull the lower edge of the mouth opening down under my chin - or at least the first chin. It's a little tight-fitting, but I can talk OK, eat, and my glasses don't fog up.

Again, great work!
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Old 12-01-08, 05:09 AM   #5
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Good job. Rain=no ride for me. Not that it will hurt me, I'm more concerned about the chain and other components getting moisture.
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Old 12-01-08, 05:21 AM   #6
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Good job. I ride in the rain often thats cause I live in oregon and I would have to wait till summer to ride in no rain. Get good rain gear and its not to bad.
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Old 12-01-08, 08:16 AM   #7
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also keep some absorbant rags with you so ou can clean off your glasses if it is on and off rain. It stinks riding in rain without glasses because rain in eyes hurts. It also stinks riding in rain with glasses because it is hard to see, if you can't clean them off properly.
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Old 12-01-08, 08:44 AM   #8
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Good for you. The Historian is right, riding at all in the rain IS a big deal.

I now have to two Balaclava, one half and one full, and I understand the fog issue. It seems that when I am riding there is no problem. It only happens when I stop. I remembered an old anti-fog trick from my SCUBA days. I cut a potato and rubbed it on my glasses and then dried them off. This has helped some. It really depends on the level of the temps though. The cooler the better. There is also an anti-fog solution that you can get at either SCUBA shops, or even eyeglass stores. Last but not least on this subject, this is kinda gross, but you can spit on your glasses and then wipe that dry and that will act as an anti-fog as well.

Good luck and just keep riding.

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Old 12-01-08, 09:10 AM   #9
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Way to ride in the rain!

I was planning on doing about 35 miles Friday, but I hit some pretty heavy showers and decided to turn back; I ony did about 17. I don't have proper rain gear either, but my wife is finally starting to see justification for the proper gear, so maybe the pursestrings will loosen up a little for that kind of stuff. Also Christmas is coming!
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Old 12-01-08, 10:25 AM   #10
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Get fenders! Fenders will keep the road spray off of you and the drivetrain. You'll still get wet, but just from the front and above. I'm wimping out on the rain today myself.
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Old 12-01-08, 11:29 AM   #11
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Get fenders! Fenders will keep the road spray off of you and the drivetrain. You'll still get wet, but just from the front and above. I'm wimping out on the rain today myself.
I have some decent mud/water flaps. I have to admit I TOTALLY took the looks over usefulness position on these. I could have bought the Planet Bike fenders that cover the top half of the wheel, but because I wanted these to be easy on and off, I got a set of MTB fenders. They work well enough, but I'm not sure they'll stand up to crazy amounts of water.

Historian - As usual, you're right. I'll work on being more positive. I just feel like I'm a ways behind everyone else in terms of length of rides and I really want to change that, but the darn weather keeps getting in the way!
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Historian - As usual, you're right. I'll work on being more positive. I just feel like I'm a ways behind everyone else in terms of length of rides and I really want to change that, but the darn weather keeps getting in the way!
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Old 12-01-08, 11:38 AM   #13
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Good point. In that regard, I believe I "felt" faster yesterday. I'm looking forward to a day I can commute to work so I can judge this.

Also, I have actually figured out my gearing enough to understand what to do to take hills relatively easily now.
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Old 12-01-08, 11:43 AM   #14
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I am so inadequatly prepared for cold or rainy riding. I picked up a pair of knee warmers that are too small and are going back to be exchanged towards tights, and I bought a couple of compression shirts and a long sleeve jersey.

I'm in need of a workable jacket and pants for rain. I think Performance will probably be the source for these. I have to HTFU and get past any weather conditions that aren't dangerous. I've only got three months to get myself ready for some pretty serious mileage and I'm a bit behind.
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Old 12-01-08, 12:05 PM   #15
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PI AmFib tights with a wool or polypro baselayer will keep you warm (not dry, though) when it's soggy out. PI Gavia Plus tights will do even better, without needing the baselayer, but they're expensive.

For shorter distances, I used to wear a pair of polypros, running tights, and REI hiking rainpants.
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i cannot say enough good things about my Nike Pro cold gear tights. Only in extreme cold (sub 20's or very windy) or do I get cold in them. Ive taken to not wearing the long thermal underwear I had bought to wear over them. I wear shorts with them for now until I can buy a windbreaking pair of pants. I want ones that gather at the ankle so im not worried about clips or anything.
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I find that directing my breath down or to the sides underneath the clava helps keep goggles from fogging up. The downside is that it only works when I'm moving.
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