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Old 07-09-11, 01:38 PM   #1
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ride when it rains

What are your solutions to riding when it is really really hard out for a few days in a row and you want to ride.

What do you do to fill the urge?
or if u do ride in the rain, your recommendations of rain gear etc. thanks
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Old 07-09-11, 01:53 PM   #2
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Unless I can take the time off from work I ride to work anyway. It's not really what I would call an urge though. I have an O2 rain jacket and Gore pants, but this time of year I would probably just get wet. Even if I wimp out and ride my motorcycle I'm still riding in the rain.

Solutions: fenders, the above mentioned rain gear if it's cold enough, and some Gore brand waterproof gloves if it's cold enough.

Or a towel in my saddlebag.
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Old 07-09-11, 02:40 PM   #3
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I guess my opinion on this doesn't count much because of where i live but when it's raining i just ride and don't wear anything different. I have my change of clothes in my bag for work and my bag is water resistant so the only real thing i have to do different is to make sure i brake a little sooner.
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Old 07-09-11, 05:41 PM   #4
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From the satirical wisdom of bsnyc, "when it rains, take the bus."
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I try not to ride in the rain for the sake of my bike, not really because I care all that much about getting wet. But I get my bike fix on rainy days by working on the bike somehow, even if it's just giving it a wipedown/cleaning it up somehow.
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Old 07-09-11, 06:11 PM   #6
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Fenders and waterproof panniers. Who cares if I get wet? I'll probably take a shower after a long ride when it's not raining anyways.
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What are your solutions to riding when it is really really hard out for a few days in a row and you want to ride.

What do you do to fill the urge?
or if u do ride in the rain, your recommendations of rain gear etc. thanks
Honestly, I'd avoid riding in heavy rain. If you're looking for alternatives, you always could purchase a trainer, and just spin indoors (else, buy a stationary-/exercise-cycle). If you're intent to brave the showers, I advise you keep a slown pace, and certainly outfit yourself and your bike with attention-getters (reflectors, lights) when it's harder for you to see, it's harder for motorists to, as well.
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Old 07-09-11, 08:53 PM   #8
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Online Doppler radar feeds are your friend. I have found that I can avoid most rain by checking radar before I ride. Of course, sometimes I may have to wait for up to 30 minutes or go a different route - and sometimes the rain surprises every one. When I do ride in the rain, I use lights fore and aft. My bike has fenders as well - they are great.

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Old 07-09-11, 09:36 PM   #9
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It's not much different then getting soaked in sweat. Try it, it's not as bad as it seems.
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Old 07-10-11, 03:23 AM   #10
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Rain pants, rain jacket, fenders
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Old 07-10-11, 09:43 AM   #11
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Rain pants, rain jacket, fenders
add gloves and a helmet cover..
last winter I got a neon lime parka with abundant reflective bands.

For This winter [3/4 of the year, here], I got a Grunden's cycle cape from RivBike,
and a Souwester from the Local Marine supply store.
and got LL Bean rubber boots , last winter.

won't need water proof gloves as the cape drapes over the bars..

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Old 07-10-11, 04:33 PM   #12
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Or just use your waterproof skin. I don't get the point in all the rainproof gear unless you're wearing a dry-clean only suit underneath it while riding your bike. Why you would be doing that in the rain, I don't know.
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Old 07-10-11, 05:03 PM   #13
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As was said above, when it's spring/summer, I wear my regular cycling clothes and get wet. If I wear my rain poncho I sweat buckets and am wet anyway.

I wear glasses so wearing a cycling cap helps to keep some of the rain off the glasses.
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Or just use your waterproof skin. I don't get the point in all the rainproof gear unless you're wearing a dry-clean only suit underneath it while riding your bike. Why you would be doing that in the rain, I don't know.
Sometimes it starts raining when you are cycling in a suit. I bought a cape after the day I decided that I was nearly home, why hide under a bridge. It started raining so hard, my underwear was dripping wet, and - yes - I was wearing a dry clean only suit. It survived. Cape is always in saddle bag when I am commuting in work clothes.
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In the summer I welcome the rain as relief from the heat. I just wear shorts and sandals without socks anyway, so as long as I put my work clothes in a waterproof stuff sack before I put them into the seat bag, no problem.

When it gets into autumn, it rains more and can get cold, so I'll put the fenders back on the bike and start taking my rain jacket and pants at all times. I still wear sandals, with socks as needed.
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Or just use your waterproof skin. I don't get the point in all the rainproof gear unless you're wearing a dry-clean only suit underneath it while riding your bike. Why you would be doing that in the rain, I don't know.
Ever ridden when it's 37F and raining? Your so-called waterproof skin won't be enough.
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I get wet when it rains.
On commuting days, I drive when its raining. That's why I pay to own a car.
If I leave in the dry AM and it rains on me when I ride home in the PM - I get wet.

If it is a thunderstorm with lightning, I get under shelter until it passes. Then I get wet.
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I love riding in the rain !
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I like riding in the rain but don't like to get to work in a really wet uniform.
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I have a Bontrager rain coat I wear when it's really raining hard. other than that I don't really change much about my ride.

If it's cold I have a pair of Pearl Izumi elite pants that are warm, and water resistant. they're good down to about 40f. rain or shine.

I put my laptop, and change of clothes inside plastic bags, and then put them in my panniers (actually 35# cat litter buckets with clips to hook them to the rack)
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Ride.

Get some fenders, and search these forums for rain gear advice, there is plenty.
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Sometimes it starts raining when you are cycling in a suit. I bought a cape after the day I decided that I was nearly home, why hide under a bridge. It started raining so hard, my underwear was dripping wet, and - yes - I was wearing a dry clean only suit. It survived. Cape is always in saddle bag when I am commuting in work clothes.
Fair enough. I never have personally considered riding in a suit, opting instead to change after getting to my destination, but it makes sense if you are doing that.

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Ever ridden when it's 37F and raining? Your so-called waterproof skin won't be enough.
Yes I have. I don't ride naked when it's 37 degrees out (rain or shine), but I don't find rain gear necessary (when it is raining). Wool and a windbreaker works good.
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I just ride in the rain. A more attainable goal for me is staying warm rather than worrying about remaining completely dry. In the summer staying warm enough is not a problem so I'll often not even bother with a rain jacket.

In cooler weather, I have a packable set of rain gear from Columbia. It's nothing special and the biggest problem with it is that it's not very breathable so I get as wet from sweat as I do from the rain. The key is that the rest of my clothing is stuff that'll still keep me warm even if it's wet. Things like fleeces and wool.

For light to moderate rain, a water resistant jacket can be better than a water proof jacket because it'll breathe better. My commute is part work out so I get sweaty year round.

Avoid wearing cotton while riding in the rain.
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The only thing I hate is getting back into wet shoes, either ones that got soaked in the morning or else ones that never completely dried out from the day before.
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Fenders.

Warmer weather: SPD sandals, normal bike shorts and jersey.
Cooler weather: SPD sandals, waterproof socks, water-shedding jacket, helmet cover, water resistant gloves.
Colder weather: Neoprene booties over cycling shoes, rain pants over tights, rain jacket, helmet cover, waterproof outer gloves with insulating liner.
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