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    Great ride (in the rain)!

    Just wanted to share. Couldn't decide whether to ride outdoors today. Not really cold (low 60's) but rainy and windy. I'm still a pseudo-newb (just returned to biking after a 8 year break from fitness altogether) so I was discuraged. But then I said what the heck - and it was a great ride!! I've got dish-pan arse, feet, etc, got the obligatory honking & cussing by some total A-H*le in a Hummer and I even got into a near collision w/ a huge school bus (the driver CLEARLY saw me coming) but who cares? I was so satisfied just to be on my bike in foul weather I rode an extra 10 miles for 40 total! Great confidence builder since it was my first ride in the rain in about 10 years. Did I mention that the last 1/2 of the ride was at night? Sometimes it really does pay to "just do it"!

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    I rode like 5 miles in the rain, but all in all I enjoyed my ride also! Riding in bad weather for some reason just makes it all that much better, you realize why you like riding so much, plus I just got my bike back. So I was exciting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    I rode like 5 miles in the rain, but all in all I enjoyed my ride also! Riding in bad weather for some reason just makes it all that much better, you realize why you like riding so much, plus I just got my bike back. So I was exciting.
    Concur! Also, I didn't see any other riders in 40 miles of riding. Somehow that made me enjoy the ride even more

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    I dont mind riding in the rain, I just hate cleaning up afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    I rode like 5 miles in the rain, but all in all I enjoyed my ride also! Riding in bad weather for some reason just makes it all that much better, you realize why you like riding so much, plus I just got my bike back. So I was exciting.
    As far as I'm concered, the use of the word "rain" and the phrase "bad weather" in the same sentence or paragraph constitutes a contradiction in terms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatman
    I dont mind riding in the rain, I just hate cleaning up afterwards.
    Funny you should mention that. Just finished cleaning my bike!

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    Rain isn't necessarily bad weather... I rode about 10 miles the other day in it and walked in to my friend's house smiling and grinning from ear to ear. Suffice it to say, it was an enjoyable ride for sure. I walked into his house and was like *laugh* dude! I'm F--in SOAKED! My feet were wet and my "rain pants" were pretty well soaked too. My Lands End jacket managed to keep my body dry and my starter brand base layer from Wal-mart managed to keep me comfortably warm. Rain isn't bad as long as you don't get cold and get the shivers.

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    lol so much for your rain pants!
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    They were cheap $9 ones from Wal-Mart... I didn't expect them to hold up in a torrential downpour like the one this week. They're still better than jeans and they do a good job keeping the wind out.

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