Do you go out on your bike in Portland during the winter not expecting it to rain?
My pace does not change, riding as I am, in the Proper Rain Ensamble.. about 10 mph, I guess..
[not using a bike computer]
though I do have to be more aware of the cars not being able to see me as well , due to foggy windscreens
and spotty old wipers..
and Wooden planking on the Riverfront MUP , is rather slick with a mossy-mold surface..
Everybody knows If ya go faster In a down pour you won't get near as wet XD,,LOL
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I ride more slowly, but I have full rain gear so unless I have a leak, I stay dry (unless it's hot, then I get wet from perspiration regardless of speed).
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My pace is the usual- it varies based upon mood, terrain, traffic, and the wind. I do slow down if a) I can't keep my glasses dry or b) it's dark out.
Mythbusters did a test on this one a few years ago. They compared walking and running in the rain. As I recall, they got wetter when they walked.
I was snowing pretty hard a couple of days ago and I did slow down due to both road conditions and visibility.
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Unless you are The Flash you are going to be wet no matter what speed.
I go a tad slower in the rain visibility(mine and the other road users), longer braking,
slick metal plates/paint stripes, etc. I used rain gear when it's cold and none when it's
warm, say over 65F or so.
Slower rider here too in the rain with a rain jacket it doesn't much matter!
One way in which it actually does matter is if you wear glasses and use a visor on your helmet. If you ride slow in heavy rain, the visor will be reasonably effective at keeping the rain mostly off of your glasses. For any given type of rain there's a speed at which you run into the rain after it's past the visor. Bigger drops of rain fall faster so you can ride faster before that effect kicks in. Of course, with the Portland rain where it isn't so much falling as the air is just wet your glasses are going to get wet regardless.
Slightly slower on turns with more weight on pedal to outside side on curves
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While cycling in the rain, one needs to pedal precisely as fast as one is required to cycle in the rain given the circumstances in which the rain is falling from the sky. Pedal to quickly and you risk offsetting the earths gravitational pull, thus sending yourself (.. and all others in fact) into the upper atmosphere.
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I would ride slow in the rain. But for me, that's easy because I ride slow all the time anyway!
I ride slower in the rain on my afternoon commute, but not so much if it's raining in the morning. My afternoon commute is mostly in the dark in the winter months, and rain drops on my glasses cause serious glare issues with oncoming headlights, meaning I have to go much slower to be safe.
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The Mythbusters faster in the rain stays drier was the convertible cars. Maybe some sort of fairing arrangement.
Riding a mountain bike with about 30+ pounds of gear going up hill, I kinda don't have a choice.