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Old 09-14-12, 03:16 PM   #1
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Rain

What do you all do to make rain more tolerable / safer? I don't really mind the water, but my electronics are left out and worried about a blinding splash, etc.
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Old 09-14-12, 03:28 PM   #2
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double ziplock phone, ID/CC, garage door opener in one pocket, double zip lock over IPOD in another pocket.

RainX on clear sunglasses helps and is much needed when riding in a group. Otherwise the spray just sucks. Rides of more then 2 hrs I like to have a rear fender to help keep the bibs a bit drier. Booties are priority over warm hands.
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Rain? What's that?

I've only ridden in the rain a couple times and I didn't worry about my electronics. I wore a jacket and my phone was in my jersey pocket under that (usually I put my phone in a ziploc anyway).

The little waterproof usb port cover on my garmin recently went missing but other than that I don't worry about rain. I mean besides the fact that we never get any.

+1 on keeping your feet warm & dry - go hobo and use sandwich bags over your toes inside your shoes.
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I stay inside and crawl under a blanket with the dog.
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Depends on what you are carrying with you and what type of riding you are doing. For commuting, I have Ortlieb panniers and they are waterproof. For weekend long distance ride that I use my road bike, I put things in zip locks. If you are using your phone as a map or something on the bars, there are protectors you can get that are waterproof. If you need recommendations, let me know.
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I stay inside and crawl under a blanket with the dog.
Ditto, sans the dog though.
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I had a beater MTB bike a few years ago. I rode on the trail in the pouring rain. 40 miles of soaking wet fun! I'd probably do it more often but I don't have the bike anymore and I don't like getting my roadies full of grit etc.

It was fun though. I had to stop at a park and ring out my entire outfit I was so saturated.

It was exhilarating and one big 40 mile rooster tail. I took my camera double wrapped in a baggie but no other electronics.
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Drybags as pack liners.

Other than that, my Garmin is IPX7 water resistant and my lights are all sealed and waterproof (B&M IQ Cyo, Seculite, and PDW DangerZone)
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PLANNING! Make sure you have dry set of clothes and shoes when you get to where you're going.
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i got caught in the rain this morning. i keep ziplocks in the trunk bag for phone and ipod. i put small ziplock of computer and use zip tie to hold it down.im using a blackburn trunk bag now and it came with its own rain cover like a big shower cap. i have 2 different topeak bags and they didnt come with rain covers had to buy xtra. i pulled extra lights phone and ipod and threw in trunk bag. everything stayed nice and dry. i do have a question though.... my handle bar bag has speakers in it...im wondering what would be the best waterproof spray to use on it?or maybe i should get some shower caps and zip tie one on the bag? any help will be appreciated
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suit up!, there's no bad weather for cycling, only bad clothes!
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We need rain, badly. Please send yours. Have it delivered to eastern Washington, the place is on fire.
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We need rain, badly. Please send yours. Have it delivered to eastern Washington, the place is on fire.
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Maybe leave the electronics at home? Once upon a time people rode just fine without them.
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[QUOTE=Mr. Beanz;14732688I took my camera double wrapped in a baggie but no other electronics.[/QUOTE]

Even in the rain you take the camera! Awesome! Talk about commitment!
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^ I bring my cameras out in the rain all the time. I destroyed a Canon 5D this way. (North Cascades National Park is where two of my cameras have died so far.)
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Ziploc baggies are a marvelous invention. I put my cell phone, wallet and camera in them when it looks like rain. If I get caught in a sudden rain shower and don't have ziplocs, I put them in the pannier.

Rainy bike rides are pretty easy as long as there aren't super strong winds or lightning. Nothing speeds you up like hearing thunder in the distance. I've ridden in summer storms and experienced late fall/early winter icy rain storms and the summer ones are definitely more pleasant but with a jacket the icy ones aren't too bad. It's more about acclimatizing.
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I finally caved in and bought a smart phone. It's waterproof. Set me back about $100. Not that anyone should go and get a different cell phone because they might find themselves riding in the rain - the pockets in a waterproof jacket should do the trick - but if you don't have one already, they make waterproof ones now.

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Ride on! My rear rack serves as a fender, sort of, but I still get some road grit/mud on the back of the jersey. My biggest issue is the glasses just seem to fog and water beads hinder vision. I usually end up putting them in my pocket or pannier if they are on the bike. Rode in a lot of thunderstorms this summer. It was that or not ride(makes the day suck). Of course on my Navigator the bigger tires maintain contact pretty well. Might be a little more wary if I was on skinny tires.
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^ I bring my cameras out in the rain all the time. I destroyed a Canon 5D this way. (North Cascades National Park is where two of my cameras have died so far.)
My phone is my camera. I carry it in my vest pocket ziplocked. Lets me takes wide angle pictures too...
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