Griffith Park, trying out new fenders.
Griffith Park, trying out new fenders.
I was smoking a brisket today (under an easy up!) but no... no freaking way. It was raining biblical style here in Whittier. It was like water lasers from the sky, never mind the lightning.
Rain doesnt stop me. My bike(s) are my only transportation. Have to guess how much time you have when a lull comes up and get whatever you need at the store/food place and try to get back home before a heavy downpour. Only a big lightning storm stops me...no need to take chances.
Wind was a big pain as well as crazy drivers in a rush to go nowhere in particular. Really depends where you live. Some areas experience more heavy rain activity than other locales.
I got out for only 17 miles on Sat. since my son, his wife and my 3 grand-kids were in town. I just climbed Turnbull and not much else. Here it is on Garmin. Some rain, but not too bad. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/453587858
Today I rode more in the Whittier Hills, 35 mi. but skipped Turnbull since I'd done it yesterday. Got rained on quite a bit more today. Here's today (Sun.) on Garmin: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/454281669
Rick / OCRR
I don't mind rain, it's cleaning my bike afterwards that I don't like, which is to say I won't turn around if I'm out and it starts riding.
I lived in Singapore for a few years a while ago, and my only mode of transport (other than a very good public transport and a lot of taxis) was a GSXR 750. I showed up for more than one meeting soaked to the bone in front and sort of dry in the back.
Yup. Cancelled an 8:00 a.m. ride this morning and went to work instead.
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
I got hit with 1/4 m of raininess this morning during our 3 hour outing (Norcal). I was a horrific experience, but we survived. Now it's sunny and in the 60s, .. bad timing I guess.
I rode today, no rain here all afternoon. Yesterday I was too scared to head out. There was a 4 hour lull in the rain yesterday along the coast but the weather radar looked like this all day.
I saw a beached ship in Playa Del Ray today. Not sure how the rains caused that. The beach was all washed out from the heavy rains.
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I rode but got two flats and had to call it in.
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Saturday did Carbon Canyon, rain was so heavy that riding up Grand was like piloting a boat upstream in a river. Two flats... Today, PCH and Latigo Canyon on Malibu - constant rain the entire way up and down the canyon. My clothes must have added 10 pounds of water weight - wool socks in particular. Good news is that there were almost zero cars in the canyons. Bad news, as soon as we got back, sun came out...
Wet and cold. Even wearing all these fine waterproof breathable Specialwear. I'm not getting fenders though....We live in a desert...
I did our Saturday hammerfest (Raincross) which rolls at 7:30. Got there at 7:35 and saw no one there so I just went into chase mode. About 15 miles I figured out no one showed up to ride, so I went on my own. Probably for the best, since there was too much debris for any sort of pack to negotiate. Descending down a road in the rain where its either the 6" of water on the shoulder or sharing the lane with cars going 70+ wasn't the best life choice, but it was kinda fun.
Its only hard to go out riding in the rain if you remember how miserable it was the time before. If it hasn't happened in a few weeks, I'll think 'oh epic, I'll ride in the rain', then the next day I just remember how miserable it was.
Don't mess with cold, wet weather unless you are prepared and know what you're doing. A 34 year old mtb'er and father of four died in the Cleveland National Forest over the weekend.
According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise, authorities suspect hypothermia was to blame.
Typo in the article. The ride was 18 miles, not 88.
RIP Andres and condolences to your family.