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    Do you ride in the rain?

    I am curious to know if you guys that ride every day for exercise if you head to the gym when it rains, or ride in the rain.
    If you do ride in the rain do you wear any different clothing?

    I am thinking about switching all my cardio over to the bike now that I can actually put some miles on.
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    I ride in the rain and during the cooler winter months I have wet weather gear. My P.I. pants and Gore jacket keep me dry and warm.

    When the temps come up all I wear is a lightweight jacket. It works for a little while, but eventually soaks through.

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    I hate riding in the rain... it's not the actual rain it's the cleanup afterwards that drives me nuts. Of course, in Southern California, it rains about 3x per year so it's not a concern, if I lived somewhere soggy I'd ride in the rain.

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    I don't mind the rain if I'm already out riding but hate starting out in the rain. Of course being on the "Wet Coast" on Vancouver Island it rains a lot. It's the wind and the cold I don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    I am curious to know if you guys that ride every day for exercise if you head to the gym when it rains, or ride in the rain.
    If you do ride in the rain do you wear any different clothing?

    I am thinking about switching all my cardio over to the bike now that I can actually put some miles on.
    I ride 3-7 days a week regardless of the weather, year 'round, and I live in a rainy climate, but it is almost always a light rain, albeit usually with a 8-15 mph wind. My exercise is commuting to work 3 nights a week and commuting to school 5 days a week, about an hour each way for both. I wear a combination of technical undershirts, wool tights, motocross jerseys and sweaters, along with a pair of black cargo scrub pants cut down into shorts and hemmed. Scrubs dry super quickly and are lightweight when wet and give me a modesty layer over my padded bib shorts as well as some pockets, which I can't do without. Wool tights keep my legs warm even if they get wet, but often my legs stay pretty dry thanks to my good coverage fenders. The technical undershirt wicks sweat away from me. I don't like snugly fitting cycle jerseys so I wear baggy motocross or paintball jerseys. As it gets warmer, but still wet out, I thin the number of layers I'm wearing, leaving off the tights, and/or the technical undershirt, and/or the sweater.

    Inexpensive military surplus wool gloves keep the cold air and wet away from the gloves underneath for a time, on the occasions when they do finally get soaked through, being wool, they still keep my hands warm. Wool blend socks keep my feet warm if they got soaked, but again, full coverage fenders usually prevent this. It's good to have a couple of pairs of shoes you ride in though, as sometimes it takes a day for them to dry if they get really wet.

    I'm not a big believer in waterproof rain pants and jackets. It seems to me that you have a choice of getting wet from the inside out or the outside in. Given that most of the time the rain I'm riding through is fairly light, I'm more comfortable getting somewhat wet from rain and having my clothes breathe than I would be if I were wrapped up head to toe in rain gear. Where I ride it is hilly and I'm frequently struggling with a bit of wind as well, this means I'm sweating as it is. The other nice thing about my approach to it, is if I dress for rain, but it doesn't rain, I'm not sweltering in rain gear for no reason. Every day I see people in head to toe rainproof gear and lots of the time it didn't end up raining, or barely sprinkled in the morning and now they are riding home in sunshine in the afternoon. I feel sorry for them, I'd be miserable in that get-up.

    Maybe I'd feel differently if my rides were regularly in a proper downpour. Maybe I'd feel differently if my rides were longer than an hour or weren't usually to work where I shower when I get there or to home where I can warm up in a shower too. I am back in school again, but most quarters my class is only an hour long, so I can sit there in damp clothes for an hour and then warm up riding home. Also, I'm lucky enough to have a place to hang up my clothes at work and my shifts are 12 hours long so my clothes are almost always completely dry by the time I have to get back into them to ride home. I feel pretty lucky to have the situation I do, because I'm afraid I might find cycling onerous if I had to do it in what I see a lot of other people wearing for rain gear, but I think a lot of them could choose to wear other things, but don't know better and have already invested in pricey, fancy, wet weather gear.

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    Where I live, if I waited for "proper" weather, I wouldn't get to ride much.

    Regarding clothing: in winter (freezing temps) windproof. Waterproof gear is just not breathable enough for me.
    Above freezing, if it's cold and raining, I'll wear a light Goretex shell and complain a lot. If it's warmer and raining, I'll wear water resistant stuff and gradually get wet. If it's warm and raining, I'll just get wet in my normal biking clothes.

    2-3 days of constant rain can be problematic on bike tours. There's no way to dry clothes in a tent overnight, and so everything gets moist in the panniers (because of wet clothes in there). I try to find indoor accommodation every 2-3 nights, just to be able to spread all my gear around the room to dry.

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    Thanks for the replies, I guess temps have as much to do with it as the rain.
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    I only ride in the rain if I'm caught in it.
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    If I didn't ride in the rain I wouldn't get any winter training in.

    Clothing depends on the temperature and conditions. But, ranges from the simple addition of a wind vest to full on water resistant fronted bib tights, a full coverage rain jacket, full finger gloves and clear safety glasses.
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    I did all my cardio last season on the bike and regret it. Don't get me wrong, I love riding but I feel like cross-training would have made me fitter and faster on the bike. I'm going to hold myself to riding no more than 3-4 times a week.

    As far as rain, riding in a light drizzle is fine when it's warm. I get concerned about being seen when riding in heavier rain.

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    I like riding in the rain if it is a gentle, warm summer rain. I just take the touring bike after popping on the front fender (the rear fender stays on all the time). I will ride in the rain when it's colder but I use my winter bike and wear either my windbreaker for light drizzle/mist or a vinyl LG cycling jacket and helmet cover if it is raining harder. I find thermal regulation extremely difficult in a cold rain (40s-50s F), but I've done it a few times, usually end up miserably cold because you either get wet from the rain or from your sweat trapped by rain gear. It's almost impossible to stay even somewhat dry. It's raining here right now but the temperatures are right around freezing so it's off to the gym tonight. Wet ice is not a cyclist's friend. Never thought I'd be wishing for studded tires in mid-April.
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    Two things have completely change my perspective of riding in inclement weather:

    - I got a really good rain jacket. It doubles as a great wind shell in cold weather! Probably 90% responsible for me heading out in less than ideal conditions.
    - Fenders. Full coverage fenders make all the difference in the world. Butt dry. Feet dry. Drivetrain cleaner. Water bottles cleaner. Etc Etc.

    It is really entirely possible to be comfortable in all conditions, just remember, there no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILClyde View Post
    Two things have completely change my perspective of riding in inclement weather:

    - I got a really good rain jacket. It doubles as a great wind shell in cold weather! Probably 90% responsible for me heading out in less than ideal conditions.
    - Fenders. Full coverage fenders make all the difference in the world. Butt dry. Feet dry. Drivetrain cleaner. Water bottles cleaner. Etc Etc.

    It is really entirely possible to be comfortable in all conditions, just remember, there no such thing as bad weather. Only bad clothes.
    Agree on the fenders - though I still get soaked eventually. Most of my rides involve rain. I don't mind regular rain, its the freezing rain that bothers me. Fenders help.

    Me riding 25 miles in the rain this weekend


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    I ride Mon/Wed/Fri regardless of weather. Now I must qualify that since I am in southern California, what we call rain, most call drizzle I have only been caught in what most would call rain one or twice in the last few years

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    I only ride in the rain if I'm caught in it.
    Ditto, I am concerned with visibility and slippery road conditions. Both increase my chances to get hurt. I'll opt to do something else.

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    For us it's not worth it. I've gone out looking for rain with a 80% chance day and come up nothing but dirty. I've climbed up the mountains on GMR looking for rain. Found a little snow and a few showers but not worth the time I spent scrubbing the bike. I tried to find rain on the local MTB trail, few showers but mostly mud so I got dirty without the rain experience, not worth the scrub. We rode the trial looking for rain, few showers and lots of mud, not enough rain to justify having to scrub down the tandem and then having to scrub down Gina

    I've had one good 40 mile ride in the pouring rain and it was fun. Other than that, it's been nothing but too much scrubbing for not enough thrills.



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    Rarely -- unless it catches me in a meteorological miscalculation. I even avoid wet roads, butI have other sports I can do that are workable in rainy conditions. Mostly I don't like cleaning bikes and want to keep the bike I built from scratch in as good condition as possible got 3 other peeps rides to maintain, already . And junior does tend to get his MTB muddy.

    I do have an old "wet road" bike, but it's only for lunchtime training rides geared for where the roads are flatter than where I live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
    I am curious to know if you guys that ride every day for exercise if you head to the gym when it rains, or ride in the rain.
    If you do ride in the rain do you wear any different clothing?

    I am thinking about switching all my cardio over to the bike now that I can actually put some miles on.
    I ride all the time in weather appropriate clothing. The bike can be adapted, I adapt, what exactly is the question?

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    Of course. I ride in any weather short of a hurricane. Onde you are wet all you need to do us keep moving. Its pretty much impossible to stay dry.

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    Just did. Wouldn't ride in a downpour but a little rain is no big deal.

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    I ride in the rain. If there are high winds then I don't but sometimes the wind picks up and I'm already out cycling. Rain cycling is bearable as long as I'm wearing rain gear but I've been caught in the rain wearing shorts, a tshirt and sandals. My panniers are waterproof and I dry out better than whatever stuff I picked up on my travels.


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