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Old 01-24-09, 12:07 PM
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Ride in Rain?

This is probably a topic thats been addressed - but what do people think of riding in the rain? I'm talking on the road, not trails. Living in so cal I usually just wait it out, but lately I've been thinking that it might be ok. I've seen people riding in the rain but I'm not sure if they're on they're regular commute or have chosen to go ahead with their normal ride. I wouldn't ride in a downpour just maybe light rain/drizzle. I'm mostly concerned about safety - and don't your glasses get too rained on to see through?

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This is probably a topic thats been addressed - but what do people think of riding in the rain? I'm talking on the road, not trails. Living in so cal I usually just wait it out, but lately I've been thinking that it might be ok. I've seen people riding in the rain but I'm not sure if they're on they're regular commute or have chosen to go ahead with their normal ride. I wouldn't ride in a downpour just maybe light rain/drizzle. I'm mostly concerned about safety - and don't your glasses get to rained on to see through?
I've ridden in the rain when touring or commuting. Just clean off the bike, and yourself, afterwards.
 
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If it's dark and raining, the glasses can become an issue, but it's easier to see through the droplets than you think when it's not dark. A helmet with a a visor can help keep rain off of the glasses.

Cold rain is worse than warm rain. You don't want hypothermia.

My bikes have fenders and I have raingear, so I can stay fairly dry... not perfectly dry, but dry enough. I have ridden in a downpour a few times. It can be fun.
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The greatest problem seems to be Safety.
Car and truck drivers may not be on the lookout for bike riders in the rain.
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I just wait 5 minutes, in FL that is usually enough time for the rain to end.
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Only in the summer, it rains a lot in the summer in Florida, so chance are you will get wet and it really is not that bad.
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If it is warm out I don't really mind a little rain. I keep a ziplock bag or two to keep things like my wallet and cell phone dry. I do not own rain gear but ride strictly for pleasure. I also ride a relatively cheap bike if that makes a difference.
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I wanna ride in the rain too! I don't want my shoes to get wet though, can anybody recommend some shoe covers?
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Fenders keep you from getting skunk stripe. Just turn all your lights on to make you more visible. Having a visor on your helmet is useful for keeping some (not all) water out of your eyes.
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Originally Posted by Trebor Mah View Post
This is probably a topic thats been addressed - but what do people think of riding in the rain? I'm talking on the road, not trails. Living in so cal I usually just wait it out, but lately I've been thinking that it might be ok. I've seen people riding in the rain but I'm not sure if they're on they're regular commute or have chosen to go ahead with their normal ride. I wouldn't ride in a downpour just maybe light rain/drizzle. I'm mostly concerned about safety - and don't your glasses get too rained on to see through?
As a year round commuter here in Boston, up until November this year, I studiously avoided riding in the rain, even with my beater mountain bike. A few threads on BF convinced me to go for it. HTFU as they say (Harden the Flesh Up, as in "The Spirit is willling but the Flesh is weak." ;-)

I got a waterproof jacket and pants, had the gloves and booties, and I wear a billed baseball cap under my helmet that is sufficient to keep my glasses pretty clear. I ride early in the morning anyways, to minimize traffic. Good lights are a must, and waterproof bags for the things you don't want wet, and a waterproof covering for your travel bag; I use a rear trunk type bag. At the end of my ride, I wipe the chain with a rag and add some new lube. I have come over to the "wet" side.

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My wife and I rode is a drizzle yesterday. To me the biggest problem with riding in a light rain isn't safety, but all the dirt that your bike picks up. You have to wash it before you ride again. We have really fine sand out here in Tucson and the bike gets caked in it.
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I wanna ride in the rain too! I don't want my shoes to get wet though, can anybody recommend some shoe covers?
I have a pair of neoprene booties from my time living in very cold northern New York. But, I understand neoprene is the same stuff wetsuits are made from. I dunno if it's water proof, though, as I only ever used them in snow, not rain.

Regardless, my shoes do get very wet, and moldy/mildewy. So, stuff newspaper in them, open up the tongues and straps as much as possible, and put them in front of a fan. Change the newspaper every 10--15 minutes or so. I do this at work, have dry shoes within an hour or so, and not smelling moldy.

BTW, are you Richard associated (owner?) with Anvil racing team, bad back recently? Occasionally ride at Montrose and w/SC Velo?
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I wanna ride in the rain too! I don't want my shoes to get wet though, can anybody recommend some shoe covers?
When it is rainy season down here I wear sandals

They work great when you gotta paddle down the street with your pedals.
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I've done the 5000ft descent of GMR in a pouring rain. My brakes were gone when I reached the botom. The rim braking surface was also thrashed from the wet debris. Not worth the price IMO. Rims and some new brakes for one ride?

Couldn't hit over 16mph (usual 30 mph sections) as it was 30 degrees and I was soaking wet no windbreaker or tights since the rain caught us by surprise. I tried lower the shades but rain in the eyes can be irritating!

I also live about 100 yards from Foothill Blvd/Rt 66. People can't drive in the rain and I'm not about to set myself up to take a hit so that some moron can text his buddies in this busy town!
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Some of the BEST rides I've ever had were in the rain...I don't know what that's about, but several were epic......
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Not having a car and living where I do, I simply have to sometimes.
I'll clean the bike up a bit in the Spring, when I take off the fenders and put on my new $6 chain.
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BTW, are you Richard associated (owner?) with Anvil racing team, bad back recently? Occasionally ride at Montrose and w/SC Velo?
Nope. Not with Anvil, do have a bad back, never rode at Montrose and not a member of SC Velo....
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Oh, and as far as cleaning the bike afterward... here's what I did last time:



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who needs to be single you just need to find the right person who will deal with you.. Here is my nice Ti with Full Dura Ace (I got it used for real cheap) after a little commute in the rain. Paddling down the streets haven't seemed to absolutely destroy her yet. It is my beater bike although most people would think all my other bikes are the beaters.
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Some of the BEST rides I've ever had were in the rain...I don't know what that's about, but several were epic......


Yeah same here. Never left the house in pouring rain, just got caught up in it. One of them was on a fast commute I use to do at night. Started pouring rain, got soaked, then I didnt care. Got down in the drops and hammered. When I got home and compared my times it was one of the fastest I ever done.

It was fun.
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So my first day of the weekend and it's raining! Planned on riding my mtb up the dirt mtn but stupid rain!...So I decided to do my lil workout. Nothing too fabulous, just a lil routine I do when I think I need to do a little muscle revitlizing. When I do it, my abs feel just a little better on the bike and my arms feel like I could rip the handlebars off. Don't know why I would want to but if I ever need to, I can!

Been doing it again for a couple of weeks just trying to motivate the mind. I do it at any time, no plans, just takes a few minutes. Maybe 15 today at the most and my body feels pumped now. I'll do it daily at any time. Today, right out of bed. Didn't comb my hair, still in my pajamas just to show you don't need to get ready. Actually I sleep nekkid but I don't think you want to see those workout pics!

First I find some dumbells, nothing heavy. 25 lb'ers for "curls" and "tri extensions", 10 lb'ers for "side lateral raises". Of course some floor abs!

What I do, curl 10 reps, do 10 tri extensions, then 10 lateral raises all one right after another without a rest between sets. 1-2-3 nice steady even pace. Then straight to the floor. 10 nice steady "crunches" followed immediately with 10 leg extensions (pull the knees to the chest then extend with toes straight out, then return). View pic!


Curl, tri extensions, then side lateral raises. 1-2-3 all 3 sets of 10 in a row with no rest between then straight to the floor for the abs (crunches and leg extensions).

Same old stupid exercises, nothing fancy. Just want to see how many will do it!

If you can't do 10 reps, do 5. IF not 5, then do 2 dammit, just do it!

curl-tri ext-side laterals

Leg extensions


Nothing tough. Just a started kit, maintenance routine or something to warm up the day. 15 mintues and I feel like I did something.......Stupid rain!
It's been suggested that this is the appropriate cycling for rain.
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I ride in downpours from time to time. Waterresistant tights, a loose rain coat, gloves, and a long brimmed fishing hat seemed more than sufficient.
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It's been suggested that this is the appropriate cycling for rain.

How about a little respect for the threads created by others! Go troll in my thread!
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How about a little respect for the threads created by others! Go troll in my thread!
Actually, I'll go ahead and post in any thread that I please. I don't think you can take that from me. I'll go ahead and afford you the same right.

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Actually, I'll go ahead and post in any thread that I please. I don't think you can take that from me. I'll go ahead and afford you the same right.
Mr. Beanz might not be able to, but there are others who can .

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