I understand that it may be a stupid question, but I am serious!
I will be moving to Portland next month. I lived most of my life in NYC, where I was mainly a bike commuter. It wasn't until I moved to California almost three years ago that I embraced the spandex side of cycling.
Now I really love cycling. I especially love climbing: the steeper the hill, the better. However, aren't these steep hills treacherous under wet conditions? Both ascending and descending. Whenever it rains around here (which is almost never), I simply do not ride and wait for the next day. I can see myself returning to my commuting in the (light) rain past, but I can't imagine doing some serious road biking like a solo century.
Also, how far do I have to travel from Portland to do 20+ mile hilly rides?
Excited about moving though!