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Old 10-17-08, 10:27 PM
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Rain

simple question. What do you do when it rains? I imagine you would avoid riding all together, but does it hurt the bikes if they get that wet while being ridden?
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Old 10-17-08, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by z3px View Post
I imagine you would avoid riding all together



I've ridden in so much rain I feel like I should attach pontoons to my bicycle ... sometimes I'm caught out there ... sometimes I willingly ride in the rain.

See my website in the signature line for just a few examples of my rain rides.

... have a look at the Europe trip: https://www.machka.net/pbp2007/2007_PBP.htm and especially the Paris-Brest-Paris ride

... and my Brevet Stories: https://www.machka.net/brevetstories.htm , especially my 2005 600K attempt: https://www.machka.net/brevet/2005_600.htm


And no, it doesn't hurt the bicycle. Nor will you melt. Just dress for it, and clean the bicycle after the ride.
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Old 10-17-08, 10:39 PM
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Have you ever walked in the rain?
Have you ever been in a car in the rain?
Yes you can bicycle in rain, with/without raingear.
Wipe down the bike after a rainy ride.
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Old 10-17-08, 10:41 PM
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I'll take the car if it will rain on the way to class, but if it's clear to class and raining on the way back, I'll ride there and back. With regard to the bike, I don't do anything. I just roll it in with me as usual when I get back to my apartment.
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Old 10-17-08, 11:25 PM
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very nice. thanks
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Old 10-18-08, 01:41 AM
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Some of my most pleasant rides have been in the rain. Get a pair of waterproof pants, a rainproof jacket and some gloves or mittens and you can handle whatever comes your way. You may also want a reflective vest and lights just to make sure you can be seen in a heavy rainfall.

Your bike can easily handle the water. Make sure to clean your bike, especially if you're riding on gravel or dirt in the rain.
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Old 10-18-08, 05:22 AM
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Thousands of people have ridden thousands of miles in the rain. Ponchos and fenders are your friends. FWIW many times I would rather ride along the MUP in a gentle rain than on a sunny day...less moving targets to deal with.

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Had a fairly heavy rain falling yesterday morning so I threw on a waterproof shell and headed out for my first real rain ride.

It was awesome and I actually ended up riding a few extra miles just because it was so pleasant.
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Old 10-18-08, 09:51 AM
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Put on a raincape.
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Old 10-18-08, 09:55 AM
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Keep a ziploc baggie or two in your backpack or panniers. If you get caught unprepared for rain, use them to stash your wallet, electronics & other stuff like that.
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Live in the desert it never rains here.
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Old 10-18-08, 11:18 AM
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Brakes should be in good maintenance especially in the wet.
I'm looking forward to riding during the rainy season, mineself. Have new raingear sitting in the closet that I haven't used yet.
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Riding your bike in the rain will not damage your bicycle. When you get home dry off your bike, lube the chain and double check your brakes and brake pads for any adjustments.

Fenders for your bike are great. It helps prevent water splashing up on you from the wheels.

Your bike is tougher than you think! It'll probably enjoy a nice rainy ride!
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A little bit of rain never hurt anyone. A LOT of rain, on the other hand...



I once rode my mountain bike into a pond, because I was bored and I wanted to see if it was possible. I was ok until the water got deeper than my hubs, then it all went horribly wrong. I dragged the bike out, and kept riding it for months afterwards until I noticed a clicking sound coming from the pedals, and the fact that my bike seemed to have much more rolling resistance than my friend's bike. I serviced all the bearings, and poured water out of the hubs!
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Old 10-19-08, 05:10 AM
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I dont even use fenders. Bike tires generally dont hydroplane, either. The biggest problme for me is seeing potholes underwater.
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
I'll take the car if it will rain on the way to class, but if it's clear to class and raining on the way back, I'll ride there and back. With regard to the bike, I don't do anything. I just roll it in with me as usual when I get back to my apartment.
This is exactly my approach. Something about riding to work in the rain completely starts my day off wrong, but somehow I enjoy it for the ride home.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by rbrian View Post
A little bit of rain never hurt anyone. A LOT of rain, on the other hand...



I once rode my mountain bike into a pond, because I was bored and I wanted to see if it was possible. I was ok until the water got deeper than my hubs, then it all went horribly wrong. I dragged the bike out, and kept riding it for months afterwards until I noticed a clicking sound coming from the pedals, and the fact that my bike seemed to have much more rolling resistance than my friend's bike. I serviced all the bearings, and poured water out of the hubs
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We ride in water like this, but just for fun, not because we have to. We're lucky to have alternative routes we can use in flood times.
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Old 10-20-08, 11:56 AM
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Dry your bike off when you get home, and lube your chain and moving parts of the brakes and derailleurs. It only takes a couple minutes.

Grease your hubs and bottom bracket a couple times a year.
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Originally Posted by z3px View Post
What do you do when it rains?
I get wet.
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Old 10-20-08, 01:32 PM
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The biggest problem is that it's really hard to get up enough speed to pull a water skier.
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Old 10-21-08, 04:27 AM
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Originally Posted by super-douper View Post
I get wet.
That about sums it up!
In the summer if it's pouring when i leave the house i might put on waterproofs, but the condensation inside usually leaves me no better off than riding in the rain.
In the winter, i'll take a change of clothes.
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Old 10-21-08, 08:30 AM
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Of course, that depends on what you mean by rain. Are we talking drizzle or downpour?
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