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"It's Time to Embrace Riding in the Rain"

Old 11-27-15, 08:36 AM
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"It's Time to Embrace Riding in the Rain"

I rode into work on a cold, blustery, and sharp rain soaked morning here in Chicago. I had an absolute blast.

This piece of journalism from bicycling magazine from a few years ago really touched me so I thought I would share.

Enjoy.

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Old 11-27-15, 08:48 AM
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Been riding in the rain for a few years now here in the NYC area:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hheU...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jf...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9-K...6zPoymgKaIoDLA
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Old 11-27-15, 09:29 AM
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Rain has never stopped folks from outside the the U.S.

https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/tag/rain/
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Originally Posted by ufbeans View Post
I rode into work on a cold, blustery, and sharp rain soaked morning here in Chicago. I had an absolute blast.
haha yup, and once you do, there's no going back
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i tried that the other day too. low fifties, raining cats and dogs, put on all my rain gear, including plastic bags over my socks. ten miles out, ten miles back. ...as usual, i was, for the most part, miserable the whole way.
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Old 12-01-15, 09:31 PM
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Here in Seattle we like to say "if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride."

I've found that the hardest part about riding in the rain is getting up the gumption to get out the door. Once you are on the bike though, it is a delight.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Here in Seattle we like to say "if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride."

I've found that the hardest part about riding in the rain is getting up the gumption to get out the door. Once you are on the bike though, it is a delight.
Hey, I know that feeling!
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Old 12-01-15, 11:04 PM
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Hey, I know that feeling!
High five!
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Old 12-01-15, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
Here in Seattle we like to say "if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride."
Yup,

Hardly worth the effort to own a bike if one is only willing to ride 3 months out of the year.
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Was anxious to try out a new cycling jacket on the ride home today in the rain. 3C and the jacket worked well until about an hour into the ride and I heard pssh, pssh, pssh sound coming from my rear wheel. Fixing a flat in the rain is never fun. I took the wheel off and there still seemed to be pressure in the tire. I pumped it up some and could hear hissing from a gash in the side of the tire. Managed to limp home the final few km with about 20psi in the tire.

I usually only get about 5 or 6 really crappy rides in a season and this was one of them.
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I really enjoy riding in the rain when it's more than 60 degrees out. When it's cold, it's still better than driving in the rain, but I don't always enjoy it.
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Old 12-02-15, 05:38 AM
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It's Time to Embrace Riding in the Rain

Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
i tried that the other day too. low fifties, raining cats and dogs, put on all my rain gear, including plastic bags over my socks. ten miles out, ten miles back. ...as usual, i was, for the most part, miserable the whole way.
I dress pretty adequately for all kinds of "bad" weather, wet and/or cold, on my 14 mile one-way commute. My experience is that I can be comfortable for about 10 miles, then tolerate the last four; not interested in any further.

Originally Posted by ufbeans View Post
I rode into work on a cold, blustery, and sharp rain soaked morning here in Chicago. I had an absolute blast.

Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I really enjoy riding in the rain when it's more than 60 degrees out....
For those carefree, happy-go-lucky rain riders, I once read a post that described the road spray as a mixture of grease, road grime, and liquified road kill.

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Old 12-02-15, 07:25 AM
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I"m curious whether riding in the rain increases rolling resistance. I am going to guess that it does, with the tires having to plow through that extra film of water on the pavement, however thin. It also 'feels' harder riding in the rain. But that would be psychological.
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Old 12-02-15, 07:36 AM
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I don't like riding in the rain. It's hard to see once my glasses get all spotted up, it feels less safe due to visibility issues, and my bikes get filthy. That said, I often ride in the rain when it's not too heavy, and I survive. I am more inclined to go when it's been raining a lot and it's the only option if I want to keep riding. We have had so much rain the past 3 years that it's starting to feel like the Pacific NW in North Carolina, but that doesn't make me like it any more. It's also convinced me that I wouldn't like living in Seattle or Portland.
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I'm finding that the worst part of bike commuting in rain is having to dry out things enough re-wear the gear on the homeward ride. Pulling out shoe inserts and dabbing with washroom paper towels, hanging gloves and hats, etc.

Yesterday, I wrung water from my wool socks on arrival at work. The actual *riding* part is fine, though.
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I am getting old and soft so I don't enjoy riding riding a long distance soaking wet and cold (high 30s to low 40s) anymore.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
It also 'feels' harder riding in the rain. But that would be psychological.
I attribute that to the drag of extra layers of clothing against each other.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I'm finding that the worst part of bike commuting in rain is having to dry out things enough re-wear the gear on the homeward ride. Pulling out shoe inserts and dabbing with washroom paper towels, hanging gloves and hats, etc.

Yesterday, I wrung water from my wool socks on arrival at work. The actual *riding* part is fine, though.
I'm very lucky to have access to a dryer at work, and washing machine too, if needed, but dryer is my saviour. In fact, I throw my stuff in there after every ride just to dry it out quickly, even if it's not raining.

If I had to, I guess I could put on wet clothing to ride home. I mean, it's not like it's hazardous to my health or anything.
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There are no bad bike commutes, only poor clothing choices. Choose wisely my friends.
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I'm very lucky to have access to a dryer at work, and washing machine too, if needed, but dryer is my saviour. In fact, I throw my stuff in there after every ride just to dry it out quickly, even if it's not raining.

If I had to, I guess I could put on wet clothing to ride home. I mean, it's not like it's hazardous to my health or anything.
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I have a table fan available, but its hard to dry out gloves. I have seen driers for gloves and boots that have ducts on which you insert gloves or boots/shoes, and air is blown directly into them. My cheapo drying aid is a paper 16 oz. coffee cup with the bottom cut off to prop open the gloves, and maybe direct the fan into them. I even need to dry the gloves a bit on dry days from my hand sweat.
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I"m curious whether riding in the rain increases rolling resistance. I am going to guess that it does, with the tires having to plow through that extra film of water on the pavement, however thin. It also 'feels' harder riding in the rain. But that would be psychological.
That's a fun thought experiment. The water would have a viscous loss but it would also lubricate the interface. I wonder if people like @Jeff Wills and @wphamilton have thoughts on it, or perhaps even know something or have references.
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$350 rain cape? No thanks, Bicycling.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I'm finding that the worst part of bike commuting in rain is having to dry out things enough re-wear the gear on the homeward ride. Pulling out shoe inserts and dabbing with washroom paper towels, hanging gloves and hats, etc.
Makes me miss CRTs on my computer. A 21" could dry wool socks and gloves in only 8 working hours!
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Eh. Riding in the warm rain is fine, it can even be exhilarating and special sometimes. Even as it frustrates me, as I hear my brake pads picking up grit and grinding away on my rims, and sand collects on my bike and in the chain.

Riding in cold rain, though, is tolerable at best and often miserable. It multiplies the cold, and despite what some people say, there's no clothing in the world that will keep you comfortable on a long ride. You're either drenched and shivering and miserable or drenched and sticky and miserable. Sometimes both. For a short ride like a commute, yeah, you can make it and you might even stay comfortable, so that's cool. But below 55-60 degrees, I won't ride in the rain for fun, cause it's not.

I've done a LOT of riding in the rain over the last decade, and given the choice between rain and sun, it's an easy decision. Sometimes, though, you gotta do what you gotta do.
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$350 rain cape? No thanks, Bicycling.
J&G bicycle clothes sells a cape for $50.
Rain Capes from People Who Really Know Rain Capes!
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