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Do You Ride In The Rain? What About Afternoon Thunder Showers?

Old 06-10-05, 01:08 AM
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OMG, it's raining, I'm melting....better use the CAR...
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Old 06-10-05, 12:43 PM
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Since many of you obviously aren't worried about lighting strikes, what about the tools driving around in their SUV that can't see out of their windshield because the rain is coming down in sheets? As someone who drives a car, rain (even lite rain) severly lessen's one's visibility. Drivers have to focus more on what's in front of them rather than a cyclist on the shoulder of the road.

Don't any of you drive cars? How many of you change your wiper blades every year?

I know better than to tempt fate. If it's raining I stay home and use the trainer. The last thing I want is to be paralyzed in a wheel chair because Buba was out driving his pickup truck in the rain after a couple of 6 packs and he just hadn't quite gotten around to changing his wiper blades since 1992.

Riding in the rain, unless you are on a closed course with no traffic, is just about at stupid as riding without a helmet.

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Old 06-10-05, 01:00 PM
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I don't know doc, but out here in the Northwest you pretty much have to ride in the rain if you're a bicycle commuter. HI-VIS is key. Yes, it is more dangerous, but not enough to keep many of us off our bicycles in the winter months.
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Old 06-10-05, 01:20 PM
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Again, lighten up! Cripes!
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Old 06-10-05, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jeff williams
Air heated next to the lightning strike is approximately 30,000 K.
50,000 degrees F hotter than the surface of the sun.

It's a good thing air is not a good thermal conductor...
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Old 06-10-05, 02:16 PM
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Just a FYI
http://www.pulse24.com/News/Top_Stor...8-018/page.asp
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Old 06-11-05, 10:32 PM
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I'm a new rider and want to preserve my ride. Just wondering...After you ride in the rain, other than toweling it off thoroughly, what special steps should you take to care for the bike when you're done.

Thank you.
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Old 06-11-05, 11:19 PM
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Most importantly, keep your drive train clean and lubricated. Search the forums for various advice on accomplishing that.
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Old 06-12-05, 03:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
Riding in the rain, unless you are on a closed course with no traffic, is just about at stupid as riding without a helmet.
That's not in agreement with my thinking at all.

The danger, IMO, from cars results from the driver not paying attention i.e. "going on autopilot". Rain conditions that make them really squint and struggle to see their environment make me feel more confident that they are actually thinking about what they are doing, and not about their cell phone conversation/sex life/investments.

I LIVE to ride in the rain!
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Old 06-15-05, 10:43 PM
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Speaking of rain, it's been pouring for DAYS, yet it's here to stay for the upcoming 72 hours
I just came back not long ago and was drowned
Would riding in wet conditions shorten un-sealed hubs life faster? If so, I'll wait until I can afford a upgrade first (or/and the tools to repack/service them)
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Old 06-15-05, 11:47 PM
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I won't trash a ride due to rain, but lightening, yes, I will stay home. If I get caught in an electrical storm, the last place I seek shelter is a tree. No way. I look for a place to lock up and stop or some other type of shelter like a bridge, doorway or awning of some kind. If the lightening is farther away I don't sweat it, only if it is close or right on top of me do I worry about it. My hair usually stands up and I get a pretty good warning ahead of time. I once was on a playground surrounded by metal playground equipment and almost was struck. I could see the lightening right above my head zapping around from one metal piece to another and could hear the buzzing noise. I ducked down low and when it stopped, I ran my azz off for home about a block away. I have never heard of a cyclist being struck, but that experience along with other close calls made me paranoid! I almost think some people might attract lightening, at least that is my experience. The article posted was the first I had ever read on the subject.
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Old 06-16-05, 07:51 AM
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Just bring along "Super Lightning Kitty" and it's no problem!

BZZZT!...**POOF!**
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Old 06-16-05, 11:00 AM
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I carried mail on a walking route for over 33 years, before I retired last year. I'm done getting wet, cold, whatever. I like it on "the other side of the glass" for a change.
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Old 06-16-05, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by skydive69
Oh, and yes, I have been around long enough that I do in fact think a lot of people are effing idiots!!
Jeez, I hope I'm not around that long. I think most people are pretty effing cool.

Maybe I just run with a better crowd.
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Old 06-17-05, 06:33 AM
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Most people dislike riding in the rain. About a year ago, I read an article that suggested thinking like a kid. When you're are 9 years old, it is so much fun ride in the rain. If you put yourself in that mindset, it becomes enjoyable.
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Old 06-17-05, 06:37 AM
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Just finished another ride in a downpour yesterday, the 2nd one in two weeks. It was actually nice because it was warm. Problem is: cleaning the bike and drivetrain afterwords, and this just 2 days after the last time I did it!

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Old 06-17-05, 07:09 AM
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A warm, light rain is not bad. It's being cold AND wet that I can't stand.
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Old 06-17-05, 08:44 AM
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I welcome rain. Until puddles form. Then it's gone entirely TOO FAR!
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Originally Posted by recursive
I welcome rain. Until puddles form. Then it's gone entirely TOO FAR!
Heh - You would have loved my ride this morning. There's one section that was under 3 or 4 inches of standing water. It was pouring rain most of the night.
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Old 06-17-05, 01:52 PM
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Not if I don't have to. And it would take one heck of a reason to do so. If I caught caught in the rain the decision to continue would be based on the need to ride vs how bad the rain is. At some point I'd call someone to come get me depending on how far from home I was from home

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430PM
Ninety minutes ago the skies were clear and sunny here in FT Laud

Seventy Five minutes ago the skies were almost black, thunder and lightening as per usual during the summer months, lasted about 40 minutes brief power outages, my dog couldn't find a place to hid from the noise except on my chair along side of me.

Anyone who would think to ride in that malestrom has to be a candidate for a mental exam. Def not a candidate for bravery in my book
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Old 06-19-05, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Stubacca
Why? Because you told me to?

The case I've heard of was one I read in the paper a few years back. It doesn't happen often in the grand scheme of things.

You can search the internet as well as I can if you really want to know.
HAHA! Yes I wrote some stupid posts in this thread (and elsewhere unfortunately). I have deleted my stupid inflamatory posts. Thank Stubacca and Skydiver69 for making me aware of the dangers of lightning. I believed the myth that rubber tires would make it safe. Thanks for clearing up that delusion.
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Old 06-19-05, 04:36 PM
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I have found riding in the rain to be very pleasant. The other day I was riding along and I had heard a loud crack of thunder followed by some lightening. Some girl on a bike who was behind me rode past me as I considered taking shelter. I jumped back on my bike only to catch up with her and thus enter a large downpour. The roads flooded quickly as rain was falling fast and hard and we enjoyed every second of it. The day was hazy, hot and humid and it cooled us off a lot, it felt nice . When I had gotten home I looed at the weather and the radar and there was hail reported in the next town, where I was planning on going. Good thing I didn't.
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