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Old 05-27-07, 11:16 AM
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What weather makes you cancel a ride?

Okay, it's cloudy out, thinking of a ride, check the weather, thunderstorms, hmmm, sitting on an aluminum bicycle with lightning about, I don't think so..... Checked the radar, yup, nasty stuff about an hour away, I think I will wait until later, looks like it will hit around 2 and be gone by 3:30..... I can ride as late as 5:00 and still have time to get ready for evening service at church (7:00).....

Makes me wonder, what makes other people say, maybe I'll try to get this ride in later, or tomorrow?
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Lightning doing ground strikes anywhere within 6 feet of me! That'll get me to cancel a ride every time!

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and snow too deep to ride in will as well. Other than that, I'm pretty much good to go.
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I will wait or cancel very few times, but these are a few that will:

1. If currently raining or potential for lightning in the area.
2. Wind speed greater than 20 mph, riding is suppose to be fun.
3. Below 40F at the start of the ride. I just don't have the cold weather gear.
4. Heat index greater than 110F. I don't get paid to ride and it suppose to be fun, killing myself with heat exhaustion is not worth it. I will wait and ride at a later time which is why I do a lot of night riding.
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Around this time of year it will be rain. Which here in Southern Illinois means thunderstorms as often as not. It has been raining on and off this weekend but I have snuck in 2 rides in between after the roads dried.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
I will wait or cancel very few times, but these are a few that will:

1. If currently raining or potential for lightning in the area.
2. Wind speed greater than 20 mph, riding is suppose to be fun.
3. Below 40F at the start of the ride. I just don't have the cold weather gear.
4. Heat index greater than 110F. I don't get paid to ride and it suppose to be fun, killing myself with heat exhaustion is not worth it. I will wait and ride at a later time which is why I do a lot of night riding.

+1 to all these. I ride to have fun and to suffer, not to be miserable.
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Just high winds or serious cold (serious for here, below @ 25 degrees). We don't get much rain around here, so that's a novelty I enjoy, and lightning just comes by occasionally in summer, so that's not a factor. I'll sometimes bundle up for a cold ride, but the only time I'll hit the trainer instead of going outside is when the wind is howling.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Lightning doing ground strikes anywhere within 6 feet of me! That'll get me to cancel a ride every time!

Tornadoes, hurricanes, and snow too deep to ride in will as well. Other than that, I'm pretty much good to go.

^^^Wussy^^^

Actually, I don't even like to ride in the rain!
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Originally Posted by Stujoe
Around this time of year it will be rain. Which here in Southern Illinois means thunderstorms as often as not. It has been raining on and off this weekend but I have snuck in 2 rides in between after the roads dried.
Checking again, the old lake breezes are having their usual effect, winds blow in opposite directions around high (clockwise) and low (counterclockwise) pressure systems, because of the geography and the winds, many storms tend to miss us here in Toronto completely. However places like Barrie and Mount Forest, tend to get the full brunt of these storms.....

Rain itself doesn't bother me, in fact I need a rainy ride, to test out the relatively new fenders on the bike, relatively clean rain from above is okay, clothes do dry, especially bike gear, it's the rubbish that's coming off the roads, that muddy oily muck that tends to form the "skunk stripe" that bothers me, and with full fenders on the bike, it becomes easy ......



I haven't tested those fenders yet, but the last time I rode in the rain, before these changes were done, I was not impressed . Once I can get a set of trekking bars, and get them installed, there is a local dealer with access to the QBP catalogue, so I may get them to order a set, and get those installed, then I'll take a new phot... sorry image.....

Anyone else notice how many cyclists are also into photography. Actually being able to tie on the camera bag was one of the reasons I installed the rack.....
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Checking again, the old lake breezes are having their usual effect, winds blow in opposite directions around high (clockwise) and low (counterclockwise) pressure systems, because of the geography and the winds, many storms tend to miss us here in Toronto completely. However places like Barrie and Mount Forest, tend to get the full brunt of these storms.....

Rain itself doesn't bother me, in fact I need a rainy ride, to test out the relatively new fenders on the bike, relatively clean rain from above is okay, clothes do dry, especially bike gear, it's the rubbish that's coming off the roads, that muddy oily muck that tends to form the "skunk stripe" that bothers me, and with full fenders on the bike, it becomes easy ......



I haven't tested those fenders yet, but the last time I rode in the rain, before these changes were done, I was not impressed . Once I can get a set of trekking bars, and get them installed, there is a local dealer with access to the QBP catalogue, so I may get them to order a set, and get those installed, then I'll take a new phot... sorry image.....

Anyone else notice how many cyclists are also into photography. Actually being able to tie on the camera bag was one of the reasons I installed the rack.....
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Originally Posted by Wogsterca

Anyone else notice how many cyclists are also into photography. Actually being able to tie on the camera bag was one of the reasons I installed the rack.....
I have been thinking the same thing about a rack on the back. lol
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Originally Posted by Stujoe
I have been thinking the same thing about a rack on the back. lol
Easy to do on a hardtail that has the mounting brackets on the frame, much harder to do, on a full suspension.....
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Photography is a lot of fun... I've been taking a video camera. Had a ball yesterday. Ran into... well... some real clydesdales. See my www.clydesdalefitness.com blog. :-)
I've been carrying a little video recorder called the Flip that fits in the back pocket. But my real job is a video columnist for the Detroit Free Press. I just got back from shooting documentaries on the Great lakes and took my bike and a high end Sony HD camcorder that, with a tripod, fit in my backpack. The bike allowed me to get to some places with truly outstanding views.
I'm thinking abut adding a helmet cam and documenting the Michgander bike tour in July.
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Originally Posted by Wogsterca
Rain itself doesn't bother me, in fact I need a rainy ride, to test out the relatively new fenders on the bike, relatively clean rain from above is okay, clothes do dry, especially bike gear, it's the rubbish that's coming off the roads, that muddy oily muck that tends to form the "skunk stripe" that bothers me, and with full fenders on the bike, it becomes easy ......

I haven't tested those fenders yet, but the last time I rode in the rain, before these changes were done, I was not impressed .
Those look like the SKS models I installed on my OCR Touring, they've proven to be a durable and effective choice. I think you'll be glad you made the investment, there's nothing like NOT having mud in the back of your helmet (not to mention hair)!
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I wouldn't ride if this was overhead or coming this way. Those white rain shafts are hail!

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Originally Posted by Stujoe
I have been thinking the same thing about a rack on the back. lol
Me too, but I'm not sure the bike has the means to fasten the rack on. Neither the Schwinn nor the Huffy look like they have the right equipment.
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Me too, but I'm not sure the bike has the means to fasten the rack on. Neither the Schwinn nor the Huffy look like they have the right equipment.
You can get conversion hardware. It's not pretty and it doesn't work as well as braze ons but if you need a rack you can get it to work.
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Originally Posted by rs hunter
Those look like the SKS models I installed on my OCR Touring, they've proven to be a durable and effective choice. I think you'll be glad you made the investment, there's nothing like NOT having mud in the back of your helmet (not to mention hair)!
Actually they are Planet Bike Freddy Fenders, they are plastic, which means they could break, but at $20/pr I'm not that concerned, the front one is attached with cable ties, because the folks that make MTB suspension forks think that everyone is only going to ride, when it's sunny out, and the trail has had a good week to dry out.... That fork will be replaced with a solid one, next year, might replace the cranks as well, next year, with something else maybe a 48/36/26, I can see now that I will be running out of gears this year,
and the 22 isn't getting used much..... Then again, I might try to pick up an old road bike, and leave this one as is.....
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A storm makes me wait. Ice and snow keeps me in. Heat makes me sweat and drink more. Wind makes me wish it wasn't blowing. Rain if it is hard enough makes me put on a jacket. Weather, bah, it does what it wants to and there is no doubt of that. Ride anyway, you'll find you like it more than you think.
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I don't mind biking when it's cold. I don't mind biking when it's raining. But I avoid biking in cold rain. Brrr...
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Originally Posted by Wogsterca
Actually they are Planet Bike Freddy Fenders, they are plastic, which means they could break, but at $20/pr I'm not that concerned, the front one is attached with cable ties, because the folks that make MTB suspension forks think that everyone is only going to ride, when it's sunny out, and the trail has had a good week to dry out.... That fork will be replaced with a solid one, next year, might replace the cranks as well, next year, with something else maybe a 48/36/26, I can see now that I will be running out of gears this year,
and the 22 isn't getting used much..... Then again, I might try to pick up an old road bike, and leave this one as is.....
I've never used any of the Planet Bike gear, but I'd say they should hold up fine. The SKS models I've got were quite a bit more, but are also plastic. Taking a closer look, the biggest difference between the two seems to be the mounting points at either end of the brackets.

I think you'll find the 48/36/26 combo much more usable. I run this on my OCR Touring, and find it provides a much better range of ratios.

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For the OP, I've been out in some absolutely torrential downpours. I'm talking about keeping your head down, looking up from under what shelter your forehead and helmet visor provides, and breathing through your wide-open mouth as the rain pours down over your face!!! Needless to say, at that point, I'd wished that I'd put off those rides. Particularly the one where I got it not once, but twice.....

I've also ridden while snow was falling. In fact, I think my favorite ride was one such time. It was after dark, a few weeks before Christmas, and it was in the mid 20s(F). As I was riding along, I noticed a couple of guys out installing some Christmas lights on a fence. They were all bundled up in heavy coveralls and all the miscellaneous gear. As I passed by, I glanced over to see that one of them had noticed me, and was pointing me out to the other. A moment later I heard one exclaim, "Now I really feel like a p***y!!!". There you have it, proof positive that REAL men ride bicycles.....

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Originally Posted by keithm0
I don't mind biking when it's cold. I don't mind biking when it's raining. But I avoid biking in cold rain. Brrr...
This fell on me when riding in January this year. I screwed up too, and only had on regular bike clothes, the top was teflon treated and stayed dry, legs were soaked and cold by the time I got in. A hot shower felt good that day.
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