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Old 12-31-05, 08:21 PM   #1
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Woo-hoo, I had to put in the last 30 miles for '05 to make 1,300 miles this year. It just so happened that it was raining the entire afternoon here in L.A so I did my first wet-weather ride. I learned a few things today: I'm really glad I put fenders on my bike a few months ago during the dry summer; leather gloves + water makes them very, very slipper and then they fall apart leaving black dye all over your hands; sunglasses get splashed with water then fog up making them practically useless; cotton socks absorb the really cold water and keep your toes numb.

My only real problem were my toes. How do I keep my feet dry and warm in the winter rain? Everytime I rode through 4+" of water, it would splash to the sides of my fenders and drench my feet. My toes were numb and clammy by the time I got home 2.5 hours later.

I was funny watching the reaction of other motorists as I rode by or waited at a stop light. They looked at me like I was nuts as the rain poured down. Then I realized I was riding around with big grin on my face as it rained. Some people will never understand the exhilarting feeling of fresh air and being one with nature.
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Old 12-31-05, 08:42 PM   #2
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My only real problem were my toes. How do I keep my feet dry and warm in the winter rain? Everytime I rode through 4+" of water, it would splash to the sides of my fenders and drench my feet. My toes were numb and clammy by the time I got home 2.5 hours later.
Find some Smartwool socks...best socks since peanut butter.
Adding a long mud flap to your front fender will help keep the water off you too.
You might also want to look at a rain cape.
http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Rain-Capes.html
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Old 12-31-05, 09:09 PM   #3
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I was funny watching the reaction of other motorists as I rode by or waited at a stop light. They looked at me like I was nuts as the rain poured down. Then I realized I was riding around with big grin on my face as it rained. Some people will never understand the exhilarting feeling of fresh air and being one with nature.
For some reason, the only time motorists roll down their windows and yell at me is when I'm riding in the rain. (Mostly, it's teenagers in SUV's.) They seem compelled to point out that it's raining, as if I'd somehow missed it. My question is, if it's so dumb to ride in the rain, why do they roll down their windows?
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There are lots of tips for riding in the rain if you live in PDX. Y'all down in LAX usually got it good, when it comes to the weather, so stop kvetching!
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Old 12-31-05, 11:25 PM   #5
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Sounds great Mac! I rode in the rain last year when it was pouring. You're right, it was exhilarating! 42 miles of rooster tailing in the fresh clean air! Nobodyout there but you and the water! I cheated though, I used the mtb!
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In four inches of water I don't think anything will keep your feet dry. Chip is probably right that wool socks will keep them the warmest. But I don't think you need to worry about your toes turning black and falling off or anything. It's just a matter of comfort, not health.
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neoprene booties are kinda nice. i use'm...

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You are crazy, I didnt want to be out at all today in this. Fun watching cars smack a puddle and stall though.
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You can call yourself a serious cyclist if you leave the house when it's already raining.

It's one thing to get caught in the rain when you're already riding.
Even then, many riders will run for cover.
But start when it's raining....
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Old 01-01-06, 06:19 PM   #10
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You can call yourself a serious cyclist if you leave the house when it's already raining.

It's one thing to get caught in the rain when you're already riding.
Even then, many riders will run for cover.
But start when it's raining....
I got "the wave" from motorcyclists who were on the road in the rain with me. It's the 2-wheeler thing. The 1st hour is dangerous since all of the oil and sludge coats the asphalt, but after that it all washes away down the storm drains (and out to the ocean ) and the road is not that slippery. That's when I went out and I got up to 38+ mph going downhill on the mainstreet.


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You are crazy, I didnt want to be out at all today in this. Fun watching cars smack a puddle and stall though.
It's raining right now, but I'm too busy to go out. Tomorrow, Jan 2nd, there is supposed to be a heavy downpour during the Rose Parade. I'm getting psyched up to go for a ride in that, but I still have to clean a lot of gunk out of my bike from yesterday. At the very least, I'll go for a 10K run in this storm.
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If you guys think rain is fun I bet you never did snow!
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Lake MXZ301 winter boots ROCK!!!!

Admittedly I haven't tried them in heavy rain yet but they claim to be (and appear to be) waterproof and they have neoprene liners which are nice and toasty warm.
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If you guys think rain is fun I bet you never did snow!
Rain is nice when it's warm, but this time of year, I'd rather have snow!
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It's great "laughing at the elements", another aspect that makes cycling so much fun.
I second the neoprene booties . . . they are perfect for the winter. Even better for rain are the completely waterproof shoe-covers; they don't breathe at all, but in the pouring rain they will keep you dry.

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Old 01-02-06, 10:40 PM   #15
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ARGH!!!! My chain rusted and now I'm got browish goo on both of my gears. How the hell did it rust after only a couple of days? I was going to clean it this afternoon when I noticed it. Can I still use it or do I need to get a brand new chain?
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ARGH!!!! My chain rusted and now I'm got browish goo on both of my gears. How the hell did it rust after only a couple of days? I was going to clean it this afternoon when I noticed it. Can I still use it or do I need to get a brand new chain?
chains can rust mere hours after a rain ride. simply wd-40 and/or re-lube and you'll be fine.

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What about wearing plastic baggies over or under your socks?
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Rain is nice when it's warm, but this time of year, I'd rather have snow!
Yeah, I second that. 35 degrees and pouring rain sucks. I'd rather have -5 and 8 inches of snow.
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You can call yourself a serious cyclist if you leave the house when it's already raining.

It's one thing to get caught in the rain when you're already riding.
Even then, many riders will run for cover.
But start when it's raining....
Sounds like my New Year's Day ride with umd. It was drizzling in the morning and I had my reservations. Right then he showed up, so off we went. It escalated into full rain by the time we got back. Wasn't too bad as it was about 65-F out the whole time. I guess I was a much more serious cyclist when I lived in Virgina as and would ride my bike in the snow to piano lessons...
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