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Originally Posted by vtjim
I ride in the rain. I rather enjoy it. In fact I'm going to get to ride in the rain in about 30 minutes.

Synthetic fabrics are the way to go, I agree. I also wear clear "sports glasses" to keep the rain out of my eyes.

Only time I ever stopped is when pea-sized hail started falling on me. I was more concerned about my cyclocomputer getting broken so I hid in a stand of pine trees until the hail stopped. Then I kept riding in the rain. I'm not that concerned about lightning. Where I ride is generally surrounded by trees.

So you think the trees protect you from lightning? I have some really bad news for you: Being under a tree is one of the worse places you can be during lightning. Read the following, and perhaps save your life:

When thunderstorms approach there are some steps you should take to lower your chance of becoming a lightning strike statistic. These safety procedures are suggested by the National Weather Service:
When a thunderstorm threatens, get inside a home or large building, or inside an all-metal (not convertible) vehicle
Inside a home , avoid using the telephone, except for emergencies
If outside, with no time to reach a safe building or an automobile, follow these rules
Do not stand underneath a natural lighting rod such as a tall, isolated tree
Avoid projecting above the surrounding landscape as you would do if you were standing on a hilltop, in an open field, on the beach, or fishing from a small boat
Get out of and away from open water
Get away from tractors and other metal farm equipment
Get off of and away from motorcycles, scooters, golf carts and bicycles. Put down golf clubs.
Stay away from wire fences, clotheslines, metal pipes, rails and other metallic paths which could carry lightning to you from some distance away.
Avoid standing in small isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
In a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees. In open areas, go to a low place such as a ravine or a valley. Be alert for flash floods.
If you're hopelessly isolated in a level field of prairie and you feel your hair stand on end - indicating that lightning is about to strike - drop to your knees and bend forward putting your hands on your knees. Do not lie flat on the ground.
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