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Old 02-13-05, 02:52 AM   #1
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All prepared to go out this morning on the bike. It would have been a solo ride, as the rest of my group have other commitments. 20 minutes ago the sky from the North looked black so had a cup of coffee waiting to see how bad the rain would be so I could choose clothing.
Well its going to be trainers shorts and T shirt as I'm off to the Gym now. Its chucking it down. Can't even see the bottom of the garden, let alone the hills.
Following on from another posting about saddles, I do wish those bikes at the gym had better saddles.


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Glad I waited to see how bad it was going to rain. Temperaturs has just dropped 5degrees C and is just above freezing. There is no way I would have enjoyed a ride in these conditions if I had gone out 30 minutes ago.

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Old 02-13-05, 07:23 AM   #2
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I see you are in Sussex, England, which brings back a memory of riding through that area 20 years ago. Got caught in a teeming downpour, and when I finally got to the youth hostel well after sundown it was closed. The owner of the local B&B was drunk. I threw myself on the mercy of the village vicar, who kindly drove me to another youth hostel 20 miles away. All part of the adventure!
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I guess it depends on your definition of very wet. If you're talking 10 inches in five hours, bring it on! Seriously, there's nothing better than a decent downpour for washing crap off the roads.
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Old 02-14-05, 12:31 PM   #4
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In the winter here in Vancouver there's lots of rain and after a while, I get tired of it.

Good thing I commute on bike otherwise I wouldn't get out as much.

Puts a damper on weekend rides though.
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Here in California (Sacramento area) we don't get as much rain as parts of England or the Pacific Northwest (I lived in Oregon for 6 years so I speak from experience). It does downpour pretty hard at times though.

I don't mind the rain at all from a riding comfort standpoint and I agree with Chris L...it does wash things down pretty good. My only concern in the rain is the visibility factor. It makes me more difficult to see for people in automobiles and they just don't expect that someone will be out in that kind of weather on a bike. Just be careful out there.
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I guess it depends on your definition of very wet. If you're talking 10 inches in five hours, bring it on! Seriously, there's nothing better than a decent downpour for washing crap off the roads.
Unless you're in Southern California where the rain washes away the roads.
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Unless you're in Southern California where the rain washes away the roads.
ChrisL is so high all the time, I don't think he'll have a problem with the roads...
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In Arizona they let the creeks flow right over the roads in places (since they hardly ever flow). Last Saturday I had to cross several creeks which were flowing as deep as my bottom bracket and had 2-3 inch sinky sand. There were places where the road itself was a river flowing. Nothing like a day such as that to clean the bike up. After 52 miles though I did call it quits. Had the whole ride practically to myself as the creeks kept most cars from drving down the road I wen't down and the other end where I turned around had a raging river 18" - 24" deep and 40' wide flowing across it so the road was basically closed for all intents and purposes. I was passed by 1 car and 2 trucks. The coolest thing was seeing all the waterfalls in the desert. Anyway, Rain is awesome for riding, especially if you like to take a solo ride once in awhile.
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Paul,
Where'd ya go? Sounds fanstastic. Any general suggestions of good routes 30-50mi RT from the East Valley (i.e. no driving first)? I read about your trip on Rt.88 by canyon lake - that sounds great except for traffic on that road.
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Unless you're in Southern California where the rain washes away the roads.
I did the Santa Ana river trail last weekend and saw a BMW 533 that had been caught up in the storm drains.

For some reason, when it rains out here, people are attracted to the water. There is always four or five rescues in the drainage canals. After the rain subsides, you will see families playing along side the river trails.

I'm baffled at the interest
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Where'd ya go? Sounds fanstastic. Any general suggestions of good routes 30-50mi RT from the East Valley (i.e. no driving first)? I read about your trip on Rt.88 by canyon lake - that sounds great except for traffic on that road.
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I did the Canyon Lake trip back to tortilla flat again. I descended through some clouds at one point and the desert was awesome with every cliff seeming to have a waterfall somewhere. Canyon lake was chocolate brown from all the creeks flooding (probably Tortilla Creek, that was the raging torrent that closed the road at Tortilla flat). Blue sky peeked out for about half an hour over canyon lake and then on the way back the rain really hit. University was flowing like a river on my way back. Luckily there wasn't a whole lot of traffic out due to the rain. That trip is about 52 miles from my house and makes for a nice easy climb all the way to back to where the serious climbing starts. I guess one could start at power and broadway (albertsons) go north to Brown road and then head east to apache trail and then back to tortilla flat and back which would be 52 miles and around 3500 feet of climbing.
Another good climbing ride starts at the same place and you take brown over to ellsworth, climb over usery pass and take the bush highway out to the beeline and back for just about the same amount of climging and I think the mileage is similar. Both routes require a bit of an eye for boat trailers some times of the year.
If you circle mesa using Guadelupe, bike path east of the 101, brown road, and ellsworth it is between 40 and 50 miles.
One ride I really like is the ride up around mummy mountain and Camelback mountain. But that is more central valley.
For longer rides I like to take ironwood down to arizona farms road, then over to the florence highway, up to florence jct. and back. Only problem there is it is 70 miles with no stores. You can take the attaway road though and go west through coolidge and back around through chandler to make a nice 84 mile ride though.
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Wet and 80 degrees F is one thing wet and 34 F is quite another. Wet and 80f you just wear wicking clothing and it is bearable .Wet and 34F no fun.
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Done my share of rain riding this season.. I am in So Cal and we have had 22 inches of rain so far this year and 2 more storms are coming this week..

I have done a few spinning classes to help but I always check the local doppler radar to see if I can squeeze a ride in.. If you see green it's going to rain, no doubt about it..

Even if you can get an hour ride in, that's better than nothing..
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I did the Canyon Lake trip back to tortilla flat again. I descended through some clouds at one point and the desert was awesome with every cliff seeming to have a waterfall somewhere. Canyon lake was chocolate brown from all the creeks flooding (probably Tortilla Creek, that was the raging torrent that closed the road at Tortilla flat). Blue sky peeked out for about half an hour over canyon lake and then on the way back the rain really hit. University was flowing like a river on my way back.
That sounds fantastic! I love being out in the desert just after or even during a rainstorm. My wife and I were talking about headin out to the Superstions for some hiking after/during the rain on Sunday, but just didn't quite make it. I guess there is this comming weekend which may be rainy again.
Thanks for those other suggestions on other rides - gets me thinking.
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We should have a poll of the riders in the desert states of the southwestern US..As socal rider said..Well, I am now checking the doppler to see if I will get in a ride today, before commiting myself...
I find the people I ride with..A little rain , well, the various clubs I can think of , it is a very small minority that will go out in the rain..When out driving in the rain, It is very rare to see a rider..
I have done such, but do not like it..
Poll of we desert riders...How many will go out in the rain.? .
It is just sickening about these parts. We normally get like 9 inches of rain a year...For now it is like 25...and six days of rain to come this week..We all will be going nuts...
I do not like wet feet.Foggy glasses, feeling cold, loss of viz, and a sense your traction is reduced.
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All prepared to go out this morning on the bike. It would have been a solo ride, as the rest of my group have other commitments. 20 minutes ago the sky from the North looked black so had a cup of coffee waiting to see how bad the rain would be so I could choose clothing.
Well its going to be trainers shorts and T shirt as I'm off to the Gym now. Its chucking it down. Can't even see the bottom of the garden, let alone the hills.
Following on from another posting about saddles, I do wish those bikes at the gym had better saddles.


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Glad I waited to see how bad it was going to rain. Temperaturs has just dropped 5degrees C and is just above freezing. There is no way I would have enjoyed a ride in these conditions if I had gone out 30 minutes ago.
Cant beat British Weather can you Stapfam , i love riding in the rain, feel so refreshed afterwards. Dont mind riding in the cold because after 25 mins of riding im warmed up and jsut ride in Tee shirt and shorts then
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Rain at just above freezing is one of the worst conditions, only beaten by rain at freezing point. Riding in shorts and T shirt in freezing rain is a sure way to get yourself into trouble.

Despite the reputation, parts of England esp the east get very little rain. My county gets about 23" /600mm a year (compared to 10" for San Diago). It just falls evenly throught the year.
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