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Old 03-18-17, 12:20 PM
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Do you like to ride in the rain?

I'm catching up on computer-stuff this morning in my local coffee shop. While sitting here, watching the rain coming down pretty hard, I saw a guy go flying by in his requisite reduced-visibility neon-yellow gear. I was amazed, and still am. Riding in this crap, at speed? More power to ya, bud

I have never liked riding in the rain. Getting soaked, dirtying up the bike, reduced adhesion, feeling uncomfortable...what's the point? I mean, if I really need to get a workout, I can do something else physical in the interim and wait for drier days. I've gotten caught a couple times over the years in absolute deluges - most recently a 20 mile ride back from the other side of the island on Diego Garcia. That was a bad one, and the bike took a couple hours to clean up afterwards. While that one wasn't as bad as it could've been (it was at least a lukewarm rain), the worst is getting caught in rain while it's cold. Brrrr...

There have to be some of you here that enjoy it, and I'm sure there are others that feel the way I do. Which camp are you in?

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Old 03-18-17, 12:23 PM
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NO

Don't have an issue with getting wet. Have an issue with the mess and not really knowing what toxic slop I am getting in and on everything, primarily me!
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I never start my ride in the rain, but I still manage to get caught every now and again. I can handle being cold and wet, I just hate cleaning and drying my bike off afterwards.
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I can't say that I like riding in the rain.

But I'm riding as my primary transportation, so some days it is either rain, or nothing.

Since this is the C&V subforum, my old bike has had plenty of rain days, but now the paint has gone so bad, it gets a long winter break, and the much younger titanium frankenbike gets the wet stuff.
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A light rain when it's not too cold I don't mind at all. I don't ride in downpours.
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I don't mind riding in it. My issue is gearing up to go out in it. It's hard to find the motivation when you're inside a dry and warm place, but once I'm out in it, the rain doesn't bother me.

I've been in some real crappy weather. Ad some strong wind and it's really ****ed.


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No, last time it took 2 days for my shoes to dry out!

When I commute when it isn't raining to begin with and the forecast is <50% in the afternoon, I will take the bike with fenders which makes a huge difference. I also have some flimsy fenders for a bike without mounts for fenders that I will eventually mount on the sport bike for commuting.
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Warm to hot Summer days with a rain - yes indeed!

But, no for seeking any ride when its cold and rainy. Also highly fear lightning, especially out in the open on a bike.

Though, in some touring I've intentionally slogged out miles in the rain vs. sitting at a camp site. If prepared for it -both mentally and with proper gear, not much of an ordeal. Two pairs of shoes are big on my list. Always want a dry pair for the following day.
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Old 03-18-17, 12:42 PM
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On a hot day I don't mind a quick shower or, depending on the bike, a good thunderstorm but I've had to commute in rain, sleet and snow too much to enjoy going out in the rain intentionally
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I enjoy it sometimes, if it's only showers or a light rain and I have my fenders on. Without fenders, it's not much fun.

BITD when I was training and racing, we all road all campy race bikes (no fenders of course) and just got wet. It was sort of a pain to overhaul everything after the ride. The cool thing to do was oil yourself up with some concoction of mineral oil and wintergreen, IIRC. With wool jerseys it wasn't too bad.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
No, last time it took 2 days for my shoes to dry out!
This.

I'd almost forgotten that I had the same issue with the shoes worn during the DG deluge. And of course I had to make sure they didn't dry out too quickly; I was wearing old-school leather Dettos on that ride. They were soaked all the way through and I thought for sure they'd been ruined. I got lucky.

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Old 03-18-17, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
I don't mind riding in it. My issue is gearing up to go out in it. It's hard to find the motivation when you're inside a dry and warm place, but once I'm out in it, the rain doesn't bother me.

I've been in some real crappy weather. Ad some strong wind and it's really ****ed.

Depression triggered

Glad you came back in one piece from that ride.

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Old 03-18-17, 12:59 PM
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Hell no. If I get caught, well, it is what it is, but I don't ride in the rain on purpose.

The only time I like rain is a very light, very brief shower on a very hot day.
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As I've gotten older, I have little tolerance for riding in marignal conditions: Cold, Rain, Wind..heck, even crappy or un-interesting routes.

When I was working, bike commuting forced me to ride in the rain but I never liked the process of getting wet - especially my feet. The rain starting to pool in the bottom of my shoes. Yuck
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Old 03-18-17, 01:50 PM
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When I know it's going to rain on me or its raining already, I take the rain- work bike. No, don't like cold rain or hard rains that block my vision and I know the cars aren't seeing me either. But mostly, if I get rained on, I don't mind. It is what it is.
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Ah, Drillium, those of us who grew up on the right coast understand that rain is just another one of those things that happen.

I don't mind rain. I get caught in it often enough when commuting. If I'm lucky I'll be on a bike with fenders, but only because it means the back of my jersey won't get so dirty. Okay, I admit it does require that I have sufficient clothes to stay warm. Yeah, cleaning the bike requires time, but what the heck, that can be a relaxing past time.
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I cannot say I like riding in the rain, but I don't necessarily hate it. What I really dislike is getting soaking wet on my morning ride to the station and getting on the train soaking wet. I dislike I dislike the bone chilling cold that comes from riding in the rain. And I dislike the maintenance issues that come up if in ride in the rain, like rusty chains. If I could avoid those things, maybe I wouldn't mind it so much.
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Rain was one of my favourite conditions in which to compete. Other riders were cold, miserable and overly cautious. I was far more comfortable in the cold and wet and was even more competitive when it rained.. Rain is often the great equalizer in bicycle races, as it discourages drafting and favours the true bicycle handlers.

About the only thing I hate about the rain is that automobile drivers do not expect you to be out in it. Consequently, they are even less observant than normal and you have to take additional measures to make yourself visible to them.
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I will ride in the rain on a carbon fiber bike with fenders, if it's warm enough. I often ride on damp pavement, but usually after a downpour, not during.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
No, last time it took 2 days for my shoes to dry out!

When I commute when it isn't raining to begin with and the forecast is <50% in the afternoon, I will take the bike with fenders which makes a huge difference. I also have some flimsy fenders for a bike without mounts for fenders that I will eventually mount on the sport bike for commuting.
Just get one of these boot and shoe driers.



They are cheap and effective. Also works for gloves.

Most are fanless, working on convection. However, you can also set them on air vents without plugging in.
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Rain was one of my favourite conditions in which to compete. Other riders were cold, miserable and overly cautious. I was far more comfortable in the cold and wet and was even more competitive when it rained.. Rain is often the great equalizer in bicycle races, as it discourages drafting and favours the true bicycle handlers.
My son said pretty much the same things when he ran cross county in high school.

For myself, I echo most of the others here. I don't like getting caught in the rain for even a little while. If I have fenders, I don't mind wet roads, but I don't like getting wet, cold, rain in my face, etc. I wear glasses, so visibility is either distorted from wet lenses or blurry if I take them off.
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Sure, if I've prepared for it. It's a sort of adventure, something different. Fenders, wool socks and 'athletic' (non-cotton) clothing, lights, etc. are musts in my book. Keeping the feet dry or at least warm can be a trick, but makes a big difference in comfort for me.
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Rain around here might be accompanied with softball size hail, lightning and 100 MPH winds and the occasional tornado, so, uh, no, not particularly.

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Have fenders on my commuter but I've been caught in downpours. I like to ride fast, or fast for me, so I would not choose to.
I do remember playing rugby in the rain was a lot of fun, and a muddy mess.
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No, last time it took 2 days for my shoes to dry out!...
In my experience, the best way to dry out shoes is to stuff them with crumpled up newspapers. Change the newspapers after one hour, You'll find the newspaper will be soaking wet from wicking the moisture out of the shoe material. Check periodically and re-stuff as necessary. Using this method, the shoes are typically dry within 24 hours.
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