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Old 06-09-06, 07:00 AM   #1
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so, i like ridin' in the rain. . .

cause that's all it ever does here in boston. seriously. i was a ***** before and didn't like it at all. but now i do.
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yeah, until you hit one of the Greenline tracks on Huntington/South Huntington/Centre St....
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Or a metal construction plate thing. (what the hell are those things called)
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Or a metal construction plate thing. (what the hell are those things called)
yeah. my last ride over the george washington bridge was all about falling down.

fall down on a metal plate in the rain once, shame on the rain.

fall down on a metal plate in the rain twice, shame on me.
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I rode all winter in the rain. love how easy it is to lock up the back tire. heh.
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I rode all winter in the rain. love how easy it is to lock up the back tire. heh.
hells yeah. emboldened by the rain and by the "quick lil vid" thread, i tried 180s. got one, not graceful or smooth, though.
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hells yeah. emboldened by the rain and by the "quick lil vid" thread, i tried 180s. got one, not graceful or smooth, though.
did you fall down right afterwards? that's my trick- skid to 180 to on my ass.

i can't ride backwards & have poor balance, so in retrospect, it was a stupid thing to try.
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no, i didn't... it was a fairly slow 180 with a pretty wide arc.

my problem is figuring out how to get the force needed to swing around. i'm not really sure where that's supposed to come from. a combination of turning the fr wheel and leaning in and just committing to trying or falling?
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they're called trench plates.
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its supposes to rain tomorrow...
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yo srcurran why arent we ripping up hytown when ever im ther i look for ya ass?
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Or a metal construction plate thing. (what the hell are those things called)
**** those things man.
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like i say, i ain't hatin' on da rain as much as i was, but how do people live in seattle or portland? real nice places, but how do ya handle the rain? sheeeesh!!
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I rode all winter in the rain. love how easy it is to lock up the back tire. heh.
this is what I hate about riding in the rain...**** it was raining in LA this morning(according to prodical son).

edit:I would go with mist but drivers still try to run you over, fun fun fun!
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Or a metal construction plate thing. (what the hell are those things called)
Gah.. those suck.

Those suck even if your only walking. Ever hit an iced over one? MY GOD.

But back on topic, I love riding in the rain. Its usually always cooler, so I can sprint like a madman and not be heeving because its 97 outside.
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Ask anyone from the northwest, we keeps it fresh.
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like i say, i ain't hatin' on da rain as much as i was, but how do people live in seattle or portland? real nice places, but how do ya handle the rain? sheeeesh!!
a couple of things makes it easy to ride in the rain.
planet bike clip on fenders.
breathable waterproof jackets [$ but worth it]
a decent hat
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the knowledge that you're going to get wet. if you dress smartly you can stay warm though.

also: a change of pants/shoes when you get to were you're going helps a lot.
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like i say, i ain't hatin' on da rain as much as i was, but how do people live in seattle or portland? real nice places, but how do ya handle the rain? sheeeesh!!
Don't actually get as much total water coming from the sky in seattle/portland as you'd expect- most of the time it's overcast, with occasional light rain/misting. Rarely the downpours we've been having here.

The solution to the seattle weather is simple, tho- if you drink enough coffee in the morning, and enough beer in the evening, the constant rain and total lack of natural sunshine is compensated for.
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I love the skid pads... I mean trench plates in the rain. And the parking garage under the pru gets slick as ice when it's wet. Pulled a long azz skid in there one time, and then ended up on my ass.
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Riding the rain is the ****. Dealing with the peds and anxious cars when it rains... not so fun.
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Foam board (like the stuff kids use to make art projects) wedged in the rear above the brake bridge (if you have one) is the best fender ever.
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I dig riding in the rain, but I prefer 2 brakes and a freewheel when it's really coming down.
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The solution to the seattle weather is simple, tho- if you drink enough coffee in the morning, and enough beer in the evening, the constant rain and total lack of natural sunshine is compensated for.
ha ha, yeah, it's what most of us in portland do, too...
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I used to love the rain until my eyes required eyeglasses. Now it's just a pain in the ass because I can't see anything.
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