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Old 09-29-05, 11:26 AM
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Rain is wet

Well golly dagnuts! I was just innocently hauling my butt around campus on my ol' junker three-speed, and look what happened! It did seem a bit windy before class, and there was clearly some rain coming down, but who knew it was that wet? There must be drainage problems or something - some of the pathways were veritable rivers, and the hill I live on... Still, in spite of the rooster tail off of my front wheel that soaked my shoes, and the rain that drenched the top of my pants, and in spite of the steel rims that make every stop a near-death experience, I am pleased. Because I rode anyway, in some of the most beautiful weather I can imagine. I love rain!

...now, to make a mudflap for that front fender, and get me a raincape...

Don't you just love the rain!?
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rain... wet... you deal...
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Rain? Hmmm, I think I saw it in a movie once, some dude was dancing and singing in it. Kinda made stuff shiny.
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If you weren't supposed to get wet in the rain, you wouldn't have that awesome built-in waterproof covering (skin). Rain is wet. Revel in it!
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Rain? What rain? It's really wet? Gosh, what a concept. Who knew?

Actually I like riding in any kind of weather, except freezing ice and snow. Any day on the bike is another day in paradise. It can get really exciting when the wind is blowing the rain sideways and you're trying to go straight. Gives new meaning to the word "airborne".
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Usually only after a shower
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Change your rims. Steel rims? Must be old as Methuselah's bunions. I guess the same person who forgot to tell you rain is wet also forgot to tell you that we're in the 21st century.
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Old 09-29-05, 03:39 PM
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Change your rims. Steel rims? Must be old as Methuselah's bunions. I guess the same person who forgot to tell you rain is wet also forgot to tell you that we're in the 21st century.
Whatever, dude. Steel rims were just fine for many years, they'll work just fine for me until I find a pair of alloy rims abandoned that are as straight as mine.
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Change my rims? You mean, spend money? Sounds dubious, man. This 21st century thing is expensive. The same 21st century guys also tell me that my three-speed hub is obsolete and pathetically inferior to modern technology. Only luddites or crazy folk still use 1/8" chains. Or track racers who are so strong that pathetic narrow derailer chains would snap like rubber bands under the massively masculine and muscular pedaling loads that they impose upon them. But I digress. Giving up my steel rims would take all the thrill out of riding in the rain, and I love that part! Oh yeah, and it would cost lotsa money.

Let it rain!
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WTF is rain?

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This is very timely, because an odd thing happened to me this morning. I got on my bike, rode about 2 metres, and all this water falls out of the sky, and lands right on me! Couldn't believe it.
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This is very timely, because an odd thing happened to me this morning. I got on my bike, rode about 2 metres, and all this water falls out of the sky, and lands right on me! Couldn't believe it.
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I feel cheated! After hearing weather reports of wind gusts up to 60 MPH and heavy rain, I decided to have an adventure anyway, and was really looking forward to it. After having to put up with my wife and co-workers both independently serenading me with the music from The Wizard of Oz where the old lady (later to be the Wicked Witch of the West) is madly pedalling her bike through the storm, the thing blew through in mid-afternoon, and as I type this (admittedly after staying a bit late for work purposes), it is now clearing and the sun was out briefly before it set. So it's another boring, uneventful commute home after all.

However, this thread does remind me of the the time last spring when it seemed to rain for about 3 solid weeks here in the NE US, leading to some smart*ss creating this picture, which I link to for those who may not have seen it then. (language warning)
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I'm melting! Ai aiaiaiaia!
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Rain is good. I miss the rain. NC is currently in a record drought.




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Sweet pics! Now that's what biking is all about.
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The only thing better than rain is fresh snow. The key to riding in warm rain is to surrender to the idea that you will get wet. The key to riding in cold rain is to dress correctly.

In hindsight, one of my best rides (or at least best ride stories) is when I rode through heavy raid on a dark bike path near a river through more than a foot of water (my saddlebags dragged).
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Originally Posted by konageezer
This is very timely, because an odd thing happened to me this morning. I got on my bike, rode about 2 metres, and all this water falls out of the sky, and lands right on me! Couldn't believe it.
never mind. it'll stop next april.
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I love rain. The smell of wet earth and grass is fabulous. The wheels seem to turn smoother. I can push as hard as I want without fear of overheating. I hear the wind and water sprinkle on the helmet, and when due to my speed, only my face and the front part of arms and legs get damp. I am pleased thinking that my work clothes are safely waterproof-wrapped in plastic. I love to every now and then wipe the water off my goggles. I like to see the water running, dribbling and dripping down my hands firmly clutched to the handlebar drops (pun!) and the water drops fly back past me and I never see the water touch the ground. I find funny the water cascading from the front mudguard, and I like to imagine the way it must be in the back one, while I'm certain that my back is perfectly clean though maybe wet. I love the way people in cars and pedestrians look at me: when it rains, I can't stop grinning while riding, while people uselessly and sillily duck heads to protect themselves from the falling water; they must think I'm nuts or botched. I love when I get home or to the faculty, enthused, cool, moving slowly, and right to my deserved shower. I know some people just envy me in that state. I'm simply elated when I get out of the shower, clean, fresh, my limbs brimming with energy, endorphine-flushed and with that silly smile that won't fade away... as if nothing had happened. I definitely love rain when I ride.

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rain is wet
and so is sweat
so take your pick
they both will stick
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Rain is wet and wet is sexy!
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a cyclist that rode in the rain,
often times felt it a pain,
He got awful wet,
but it wasn't sweat,
he smiled so wide it would strain.
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True. Rain is wet. It's OK though as long s it stays outdoors.
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There's just something about a rainy, cloudy grey day that I love. Maybe its that refreshing "Freshly Rained Upon" smell that the world recieves after a good shower.
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