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Old 06-01-14, 09:55 AM   #1
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Woud you ride with this weather coming your way?

I'm sooooo frustrated. When I'm finally rested to ride....then this:

I do have leg warmers and a couple different light rain jackets for riding, but really hate water on my glasses 'cause i can't see very well then.

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Old 06-01-14, 11:30 AM   #2
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I'm sooooo frustrated. When I'm finally rested to ride....then this:

I do have leg warmers and a couple different light rain jackets for riding, but really hate water on my glasses 'cause i can't see very well then.

No. I would wait until it passed, then ride.
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I'd ride, but I wouldn't be happy about it. I'd probably try to change the timing of my trip a bit to avoid the worst of the weather.
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I would go on my 10 mile loop. That way I'd be no more than 20-30 minutes from home if things got threatening.
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That's what I'm thinking also, but wanted to vent a little too. Seems like when I'm ready to ride there's something that gets in my way. I guess that's part of my problem, riding only when I really feel like it, otherwise just too much bother getting ready. Right now the weather keeps building back up SW of me on that same blasted line. If I do get out and take the road, I 'spose I'll mount my taillight and headlight just to be a bit more visible. Still not sure why I purchased a gray riding rain jacket except it was one of those 70% off. A open weave reflector vest might be good, but that's another blasted layer and more stuff.

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No. I would wait until it passed, then ride.
This. With flash flood warnings...no thanks. Get a modest but safe ride in later this aft.
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I do have leg warmers and a couple different light rain jackets for riding, but really hate water on my glasses '
If I didn't have rain on my glasses, I'd get lost lol
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I am a wimp so luckily I live in Southern California.. If I see rain within 100 miles I will batten down the hatches and prepare for the end of all civilization.. No way I am going out in that wet stuff! LOL
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If I didn't have rain on my glasses, I'd get lost lol
Ya, you get it pretty wet out there, especially when we have it cold. It's the only reason I haven't moved to WA yet. I'm just not sure about the long rainy season. It's beautyful country though, and has to be great hiking too.
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I am a wimp so luckily I live in Southern California.. If I see rain within 100 miles I will batten down the hatches and prepare for the end of all civilization.. No way I am going out in that wet stuff! LOL
See, there's the difference between biking and hiking, and what we have experienced. Sitting out a rainy day under a tarp and a warm fire out front isn't so bad. Nice smells and snoozy afternoon. But man I do dislike moving around in the rain.

"...end of all civilizaion..." brought on a chuckle. Thank you for that.
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Old 06-01-14, 12:25 PM   #11
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I'm sooooo frustrated.
Generally, because I ride so much (car free since 1989) there are plenty of rainy day things to do that have been put off due to never missing a good weather day on the bike(s). Time to clean the house, catch up paying bills, lube some chains, polish some chrome, etc.

BUT!.......

I have purposely ridden on such days as your radar showed especially during the hot summer months in New Orleans. I try to stay relatively close to home and hit local parks and bike trails that are ground level (not on levee tops as many MUPs are here) so as not to tempt a lightning strike. It can be a lot of fun, especially on my MTB or my Pugsley. And surprisingly I see others out doing same or jogging, waking dogs, whatever. Obviously flash floods, lightening, and tornado warnings are a good time to hunker down but your basic ugly, rainy day does not have to be a washout with the right mindset and some rain-comfy clothing. Sometimes I just wear board shorts on rainy days, even commuting to work.

I am a 4-eyes too. I wear a Bell Super helmet with a huge adjustable visor that I can pull down far enough to limit rain on the lenses.

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...I am a 4-eyes too. I wear a Bell Super helmet with a huge adjustable visor that I can pull down far enough to limit rain on the lenses.
That makes sense, so I'll try my bike cap, which I never use anyway. Maybe just enough visor to help...
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I would not ride if I had a choice. Funny if I am caught out in it I don't mind so much but I hate starting out into a rain or knowing it is going to rain.

On the last day of our tour in Maine, we all gathered in the motel parking lot. Weather was supposed to be no rain to just passing showers. I felt a drop hit me as we talked about the route. We started out and it started to rain some more. Pretty soon it was a full out downpour lasting most of the day. Very poor visibility. It was not fun. I was so glad we had ample shoulders on the way back. Not so true just a bit north.
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Well I did make it out, 16 miles and change, best avg mph of the season, and didn't rain until after I got back. I think this thread helped the motivation - thank you. Time for a beer and a little sleep before I leave for my 03:00 shift.


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Went out last week with a radar picture like that on a planned 38 mile jaunt and figuring I'd get wet. I kept an eye on the dark clouds and they were slowly but surely getting closer but I was on the home stretch and would probably beat it home. A car passes me and pulls over and the driver waves me down. Turns out to be another local cyclist I've ridden with who says he just drove through almost zero visibility rain and very heavy winds. He's got a bike rack on the back and an offer to SAG me home. I felt like I wimped out until the wall of wind and water hit and was glad I bailed.
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It's that wall of wind and water, with some lightning just to make it interesting, that makes me cautious. Yesterday was like that. I figured I had at the very least 2 hours, still wimped out, and an hour later we got smacked.

So wimping out is a good thing I guess. Glad to hear you got a ride, that's pretty cool, and the timing is very lucky.
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I understand the frustration. ppl who don't bike commute don't understand that when you have the day of the week set aside for the ride but the weather doesn't cooperate you sometimes have to push on regardless of the weather. especially if you are cross training for example and this is the day to ride a bike. severe weather, however, may pose special consideration. I've set off home on a hot summer day knowing that there were "scattered" thunderstorms and timed my ride the best I could but got caught in a life threatening terrifying lighting storm that I will never forget. crouched in a huddle near some bushes on the side of the road praying a strike didn't hit the metal mailbox 10 feet from me. or any of the several trees within 20 feet of me. it's never a mistake to make a safe decision ...
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