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Old 08-04-14, 08:21 AM   #26
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Yeah..thunder and lightning are a no go. Not risking that. I ride in the country with little more than farmland. Sometimes no shelter for miles and miles. It is annoying though. Especially when the weather radar and the forecast show thunderstorms so you skip your 50 miler and then nothing happens. Grrrrrr...
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Old 08-04-14, 08:23 AM   #27
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I actually like riding in a warm summer rain as long as there is no lightning, high wind, or hail. If I know it's going to be wet, I'll put the fenders on the touring/gravel grinder and use it. I'm sure to have a good blinky on the back and wear hi-viz. I may alter my routes in unpredictable weather to stick closer to towns and I make mental notes of places where I could take shelter when I'm out in the open. Just use your head and light to moderate rain will be no problem. I don't recommend that anyone ride in severe weather.
I need to do this. Very good advice. Just come up with some good alternate routes with lots of shelter available. If I'm waiting for thunderstorms to cease in South Carolina I will never get a ride in.
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Old 08-04-14, 07:05 PM   #28
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Yeah..thunder and lightning are a no go. Not risking that. I ride in the country with little more than farmland. Sometimes no shelter for miles and miles. It is annoying though. Especially when the weather radar and the forecast show thunderstorms so you skip your 50 miler and then nothing happens. Grrrrrr...
Sounds exactly like my wife and I.. We used to skip outdoor activities all the time due to forcasted thunderstorms; that would never arrive. Recently we have been taking our chances more and more, unless of course severe weather is obvious. Many of the places that I ride are quite rural and their may not be any shelter for many miles. It became unnerving a week and a half ago, I was about 16 miles from home (12 of which offered no shelter anywhere) when the western sky began to look a bit questionable. Checked wunderground and weathercaster iphone app and they said it could begin storming anytime (nothing on radar oddly enough). When I left home, all the weather channels said storms after 10pm, then it got bumped up by 3 to 6 hours.
Made it home safe (in record time I have you know) , not a drop of rain . Still didn't storm for another 2 hours. They say that if you don't like the weather in Indiana, just wait a few minutes and it will probably change!
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Old 08-05-14, 06:49 AM   #29
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Old 08-05-14, 07:15 AM   #30
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Old 08-05-14, 12:56 PM   #31
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Old 08-05-14, 05:28 PM   #32
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I actually like riding in a warm summer rain as long as there is no lightning, high wind, or hail. If I know it's going to be wet, I'll put the fenders on the touring/gravel grinder and use it. I'm sure to have a good blinky on the back and wear hi-viz. I may alter my routes in unpredictable weather to stick closer to towns and I make mental notes of places where I could take shelter when I'm out in the open. Just use your head and light to moderate rain will be no problem. I don't recommend that anyone ride in severe weather.
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I used the same method when riding in the middle of winter in Canada ... instead of riding a long out-and-back into the open countryside where I could run into all sorts of issues with the bitter cold, I did things like ...

-- circumnavigate my city. Winnipeg lended itself well to that because it has "The Perimeter", a road that goes more or less around the city. But at no point are you more than a few minutes from buildings for shelter.

-- ride several short out and back or loop routes. Again in the Winnipeg area, it was about 10 km from where I lived through the country to the next town. I did some long rides in less than ideal winter conditions by riding a little bit around where I lived, then cycling out to that town and riding around it a bit, then cycling back to where I lived, and repeat. At no point was I more than 5 km from shelter.

-- ride within my city. Normally I prefer riding out in the country, but if the weather doesn't look very good, I'll explore my city. I might ride some of the bicycle paths (if they exist), I'll ride to parks, I'll ride from one side of town to the other, or maybe I might ride up this road and down the next and up the next road and down the one after. You can get a fairly lengthy ride in just cycling all over your city.

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As for riding in the rain ... a few tips:

-- do not ride into puddles. Puddles might be completely benign, or they might hide deep potholes and all sorts of debris.

-- be very careful going over railway tracks. They become especially slippery in the rain.

-- avoid riding on painted surfaces, like the lines on the road. They also become especially slippery in the rain.

-- slow down just a bit ... gravelly areas, places where leaves have fallen, etc. can all be quite slippery.
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Old 08-06-14, 08:51 PM   #33
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There is a certain amount of rain I'll ride in. If I choose not to I may opt to take a day off (if needed) or do another activity. If I really want to pedal that day I'll use my trainer.
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Old 08-28-14, 05:29 AM   #34
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...Rain mostly just gets your bike all crapped up. Getting hit by lightning can ruin your whole day in the worst possible way.

I usually check the weather radar before heading out. Depending on what it shows, I plan my route accordingly. I choose a route that offers opportunities for relatively safe shelter, if thunder stoms are a distinct possibility.
I'm a mileage-driven cyclist with a specified daily mileage training schedule. and I try to keep my carbon fiber bike pristine. Use a beater bike for rain, and maybe cut down the miles to compensate for the increased resistance of a heavier bike.
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Old 08-28-14, 06:39 AM   #35
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I'm a fair weather rider, but I have been caught in the rain at times. On time, in North Carolina, it was so warm it was like riding in a shower, and was actually very enjoyable.

In my area, the weather report has proven to be so accurate that many time they have called the rain down to the minute. I try to ride accordingly.
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Old 08-28-14, 07:32 AM   #36
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I won't deliberately head out into heavy rain for a workout. Commuting, sometimes or I'll get caught in a storm and ride it out, but not deliberately.

It's not the rain or even lightning that concerns me, so much as high winds and flooding. So picking the route is the key. I've seen literally a thousand feet of downed trees after a bad one - you wouldn't want to be anywhere near that when it was going on.
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Old 08-28-14, 09:33 AM   #37
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And it's also a remarkably good conductor of electricity.
Actually, your body is a remarkably POOR conductor of electricity. That's why lightning does such bad things to it... Your bodys resistance from one hand to the other is in the Mega Ohms, if you have an ohm meter that will read that high. Even a poor conducting wire of the same length would be a few ohms at most.

I don't have fenders on my bike, so I'll just ride another day. No need to be so stuck to a precise schedule unless someone is paying me actual money to ride. Plenty of things at home to tend to on rainy days. Save the sunny days for riding.
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Old 08-28-14, 11:49 AM   #38
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Old 08-28-14, 11:58 AM   #39
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put the bike in the trainer and ride in the house. I do this for windy days (we get many where winds are 30+ mph sustained), rainy days, and days it is too hot to ride (we are in the Oregon desert).
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