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    First ride in the rain

    I don't know how people do it, I thought it was an interesting novelty experience for the first 5 miles and then after that I was ready to be done. Maybe a commuter bike with fenders would help my experience, but that won't help with rain in the face, or wet shoes.

    I will say that my jacket I got for my birthday was absolutely sick! http://amzn.com/B004UEZRFU Water bounced right off it, and I was far less sweaty inside the jacket than I would've been with a more conventional jacket. I wore it in 10 degree warmer and non-wet conditions on the way home and first I started with unzipping the sleeves, but I wasn't sure if I could get the sleeves off while I was riding, turns out that the last bit of zipper unlatched itself, and it was relatively easy once I put a foot on the ground to actually take off the sleeves and stuff them in my bag without taking the whole thing off. It's no go on putting it all back together though, heh.

    Still despite my excellently performing Jacket, I'm not sure I'll be a big fan of commuting in the rain. I will end up using the jacket for cold or potentially wet conditions, but making 12.5 miles in the rain, well that's not going to happen unless maybe it's a lot more tropical. I'll try again in the spring. Until then Northern California is wet off and on, so I should be able to get some dry rides in here and there.

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    Live to ride ride to live Carbon Unit's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanBlader View Post
    I don't know how people do it, I thought it was an interesting novelty experience for the first 5 miles and then after that I was ready to be done. Maybe a commuter bike with fenders would help my experience, but that won't help with rain in the face, or wet shoes.

    I will say that my jacket I got for my birthday was absolutely sick! http://amzn.com/B004UEZRFU Water bounced right off it, and I was far less sweaty inside the jacket than I would've been with a more conventional jacket. I wore it in 10 degree warmer and non-wet conditions on the way home and first I started with unzipping the sleeves, but I wasn't sure if I could get the sleeves off while I was riding, turns out that the last bit of zipper unlatched itself, and it was relatively easy once I put a foot on the ground to actually take off the sleeves and stuff them in my bag without taking the whole thing off. It's no go on putting it all back together though, heh.

    Still despite my excellently performing Jacket, I'm not sure I'll be a big fan of commuting in the rain. I will end up using the jacket for cold or potentially wet conditions, but making 12.5 miles in the rain, well that's not going to happen unless maybe it's a lot more tropical. I'll try again in the spring. Until then Northern California is wet off and on, so I should be able to get some dry rides in here and there.
    Yeah it sucks. It is even worse on a motorcycle. Rain feels like sand at 70 MPH.

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    Riding in the rain builds character..... least that is what i tell myself

    Just make sure you get to know how your breaks feel in the rain, over or under breaking because of a little water can really suck.
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    A cap with a long bill will help w/ the water in your face.
    What kind of shoes were you wearing? Plenty of
    waterproof/winter shoes available, I use Lake.

    17 mile commute one way.

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    I live in the Seattle area. I HAVE to embrace the rain or stop riding altogether

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    Oh, its just a little water. I rode 45 miles in on again off again rain last year on a tour in Ohio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
    Yeah it sucks. It is even worse on a motorcycle. Rain feels like sand at 70 MPH.
    It's easier to figure out on a motorcycle though since you don't have to worry about sweat nearly as much. Tall boots and a PVC suit will do pretty well. I prefer it over textile goretex gear because the fabric absorbs a lot of water even if it does keep me dry.

    Eyeglasses fogging on both is a big problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tergal View Post
    Riding in the rain builds character..... least that is what i tell myself

    Just make sure you get to know how your breaks feel in the rain, over or under breaking because of a little water can really suck.
    Last Saturday I rode 40 miles in the pouring rain (2012 Santa Barbara Tour de Cure).

    It was cold, it was windy, it was WET--I enjoyed every single mile. I felt like a little kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
    Yeah it sucks. It is even worse on a motorcycle. Rain feels like sand at 70 MPH.
    I used to describe it as people throwing nails at you. After my first good rain ride, I got a fairing
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    For me it depends on what kind of rain it is. If it's a thunderstorm, with wind and all that carp I hate it - I pull in to the nearest 7-11 and wait it out. But if it's one of those nice, steady summer rains it's enchanting, I can ride for miles and miles. When commuting, I do have extra clothing at work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    For me it depends on what kind of rain it is. If it's a thunderstorm, with wind and all that carp I hate it - I pull in to the nearest 7-11 and wait it out. But if it's one of those nice, steady summer rains it's enchanting, I can ride for miles and miles. When commuting, I do have extra clothing at work.
    Last year's Ohio tour lost its enchantment after the 11th band of rain came through. By the time it stopped we were beat and made the last five miles to the campsite on fumes. Stoutdog, the Bike Forums rider I led on this slice of paradise, was reduced to gobbling down Screaming Yellow Zingers as energy to get through.




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    I commute in the rain all winter. You wear rain pants ($100) and booties ($40), in addition to the rain jacket. Light gloves too, although that is more for warmth than rain. I wear a baseball cap under my vented helmet, some use helmet covers. I stay dry, even in heavy rain. People in the elevators will ask "oh! how do you ride in all that rain" and I tell them that, wearing this kit, I could go stand in a shower. Rain on the face - that doesn't bother me, you are outside after all, but you could wear a balaclava or neoprene face mask. I don't unless it is pretty cold.
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    Just did my 20 mile commute this morning. Cheap rain pants (35$ at performance bike) a big heavy raincoat and my hiking boots (I use platforms so I van wear any shoe I wanty).
    First off- a front fender will help with the water in the face- a fair amount of water spits off your tire at speed. I lost my front fender in the move and now I cant find the damn thing. . . so I get a shower of road juice on my ride. second I have no idea where Campbell Cali is but here in PDX its ride in the rain or stay home half the year. 3 Tunes help.

    As to the motorcycling in the rain if your wearing a full face helmet its not so bad.

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