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Old 07-10-07, 05:59 PM
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Incredible rain

I rode home in the closest thing to a hurricane I've ever experienced. The amount of water coming down and sideways was like a waterpark ride, and the wind bursts nearly knocked me over from behind.

I've ridden in plenty of rain, but nothing like that. I felt like a little kid.

Kool-stop salmon pads would have been nice, but I know my pannier rain covers really work well.
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Then it wasn't like a hurricane rain....if it were, you wouldn't have even been able to ride in it. You wouldn't be able to hardly open your eyes in hurricane rain, much less see more than an inch or two in front of your face.
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Man, when your feet drag through the gully-washers in the street like you're swimming, you know you're in the rain.

Nobody knows the joy of commuting like we do....

(I stay out of lightning, tho...! )
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Old 07-10-07, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by legot73
I rode home in the closest thing to a hurricane I've ever experienced. The amount of water coming down and sideways was like a waterpark ride, and the wind bursts nearly knocked me over from behind.

I've ridden in plenty of rain, but nothing like that. I felt like a little kid.

Kool-stop salmon pads would have been nice, but I know my pannier rain covers really work well.
I used to jog sometimes in the rain and I loved it, but I am not sure how well I'd fare riding in the rain here in AZ. It doesn't seem to just rain, it goes all hellfire and damnation and flood on us when it decides to hit.

btw: Meep! Beaker was always my favorite.
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Not as bad as it sounds for you, but I had a fairly rainy/blowy experience a few weeks ago... the rain was pouring everywhere on me/down my legs and even foaming up at my inside knee and it looked like my knee was rabid. Heck, maybe it is, luckily it doesn't have teeth to bite anything with to find out

Take it easy out there...
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Don't forget to lube your chain, etc. The last heavy rain I was in washed off the chain lube and then it started to rust the next day.
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Old 07-11-07, 10:18 AM
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Here in Brittany it has been raining constantly it seems for something like 3 months! We had a few really good down pours last month... no hurricane conditions, but the rest of the time it has been gray with intermittent drizzle. Gah! Some one has robbed us of our summer!
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Originally Posted by doraemonkey
Here in Brittany it has been raining constantly it seems for something like 3 months! We had a few really good down pours last month... no hurricane conditions, but the rest of the time it has been gray with intermittent drizzle. Gah! Some one has robbed us of our summer!
We Canadians stole it! It's been really nice so far, with only a handful of storms so far.
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Originally Posted by fender1
Don't forget to lube your chain, etc. The last heavy rain I was in washed off the chain lube and then it started to rust the next day.
The squeak is how you know it's time to lube!
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Wowee!
Who rode home in that rainstorm in NYC at rush hour this evening? Ridiculous to ride in such a pounding storm — in traffic. Heavy traffic that's annoyed by the weather and that does not expect a cyclist chugging alongside. And then the rain stops two blocks before I'm home? Did I take the Lord's name in vain recently?
A question: How long does it take Sidis to dry? I'll stuff these shoes with paper towels, but tomorrow, they'll still be sopping.
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Then it wasn't like a hurricane rain....if it were, you wouldn't have even been able to ride in it. You wouldn't be able to hardly open your eyes in hurricane rain, much less see more than an inch or two in front of your face.
I think he was using hi-per-bow-lee. Otherwise, I think he would have seen the first recorded hurricane in the history of Wisconsin.
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Old 07-11-07, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff-o
We Canadians stole it! It's been really nice so far, with only a handful of storms so far.
We had a heck of a T-Storm across all of Ottawa today, black skies, thunder - lightning - the works. Stayed warm throughout, and I had a very pleasant ride home afterwards... If you ignore the headwind, which I did for the most part.
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Old 07-11-07, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Bklyn
Wowee!
Who rode home in that rainstorm in NYC at rush hour this evening? Ridiculous to ride in such a pounding storm — in traffic. Heavy traffic that's annoyed by the weather and that does not expect a cyclist chugging alongside. And then the rain stops two blocks before I'm home? Did I take the Lord's name in vain recently?
A question: How long does it take Sidis to dry? I'll stuff these shoes with paper towels, but tomorrow, they'll still be sopping.
Right there with you. It was crazy. I got squeezed into going through a GIANT puddle. My shoes were dreeeenched. I lost my water bottle at some point, but I guess all I had to do to get hydrated was look up with my mouth open. Traffic is screwed up (couple of accidents on my way home, I think), pedestrians are pissed off and waving umbrellas around, and my brakes are wet. Good times.
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Originally Posted by gharding
Right there with you. It was crazy. I got squeezed into going through a GIANT puddle. My shoes were dreeeenched. I lost my water bottle at some point, but I guess all I had to do to get hydrated was look up with my mouth open. Traffic is screwed up (couple of accidents on my way home, I think), pedestrians are pissed off and waving umbrellas around, and my brakes are wet. Good times.
Pretty wicked, eh?

I work with a few folks in NJ. Most of my weather hits them 2 days later or so. I'm assuming that was the same storm system.

I got new tires yesterday and emptied a bunch of water from the rims while changing them. Ironically, I also got some Planet Bike Cascadia mudflaps on Monday to replace my hardcore's, but haven't put them on yet. I don't think anything would have made that ride any drier.

BTW - I'm no meteorologist, but I'm pretty certain that wasn't a real hurricane, just "the closest thing I've ever seen" to one.
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it's been a fun time commuting through North Texas wether this spring - gone through all kinds of monsoon downpours, past floating cars, roads & bridges getting washed out... riding in heavy rain was a daily occurence for a few months. dried up some this week though.

For a couple months I commuted wearing my swimsuit it dries out quick at work!
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It rarely rains here so on the rare occasions that it does I don't ride.

It was fairly windy on my ride home last night though.
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The rain here is usually associated with massive lightning, hail, wind, tornado's, downpours, and similar bad things that mother nature can muster up. I usually snap up a ride if I can't shoot the through the holes in the storm.

Bummed a ride last night.. it was raining so hard we were soaked just getting 50ft to the car. Should have just rode the bike
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The weather in NYC was pretty cool - the diesely/oily slick on the surface was fun as well! I had zero braking ability, though.
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