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Rain-whining

Old 01-31-06, 09:39 PM
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Rain-whining

Don't get me wrong... I'd much prefer 75 deg, blue skies, and a clean, open road. But to all those fair-weather riders, come on. Rain brings life, vibrant green trees, plants that provide much needed shade in the summer. To me rain is cause for celebration. It is several millenia packed into tiny droplets returning to the ground in a repetetive cycle, much like the crank revolving endlessly around the bottom bracket. Avoiding it, staying inside to watch cartoons instead...is like riding around the hill instead of up and over it, missing out on the spectacular view at the top. I feel blessed to have gained this perspective, and certainly enjoy riding my bicycle more because of it.
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Old 01-31-06, 09:56 PM
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Dude put the bong away, turn off the lava lamp and put that tie-dyed tee shirt in the hamper for good .

I'm just teasing. a few of my most pleasant rides have been in the rain. just not a downpour.

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Yeah, what he said...

I rode to work today. It was still dark so I missed the whole "endless millenia" thing, but it was cool to be out anyway. I'll pay more attention tomorrow.

I was coming out Iron Mountain toward Lower Boones at about 0630 and I see another rider coming the other way. We were the only two things on that road. No street lights, no cars nothing. I just saw a single light coming at me. "GOOD MORNING!!!!" this guy yells as he approaches. Surprised, I manage a "hey" as we pass. Didn't see a bike, didn't see a person, nothing, just a friendly voice in the darkness.

See you at the worst day of the year ride Gonesh.....!

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Old 01-31-06, 10:07 PM
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Last year, I rode day in and day out in the rain. This year, I haven't had it in me. Thus, I'm hibernating and my season hasn't started yet.

Good for you Gonesh9 and Dino - I have a lot of catching up to do. If we ever get a clear week, even just a couple good days in a row, life as I want it will begin again.

Good thing the bikes are ready...well, two are.

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Last year, I rode day in and day out in the rain. This year, I haven't had it in me. Thus, I'm hibernating and my season hasn't started yet.

Good for you Gonesh9 and Dino - I have a lot of catching up to do. If we ever get a clear week, even just a couple good days in a row, life as I want it will begin again.

Good thing the bikes are ready...well, two are.

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As much as I'm enjoying the rain, I've gotta say that I'm ready for a weather break, too. Can't wait to get in some nice full-on rides with y'alls.... especially with my new bike! (Which I've only taken out once so far.) This Spring is going to Rock
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Old 01-31-06, 10:25 PM
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I bought my first road bike in November, mainly with the idea of setting up a trainer in my living room, to get my fitness back. I have made good use of the trainer, but it would be nice to get a couple of outdoor rides in.

I admire all the people I see happily spinning by my home in the rain, but I don't feel experienced enough to start in the wet stuff.
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Old 02-01-06, 07:20 AM
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Riding in the rain for me works like this: if it starts raining while I'm on the road I can deal with it. I've ridden in friggin deluges you can't imagine. And actually enjoyed it. Did a 4 hour ride on Xmas Day and the last hour of it was in a cold, raw 43º F downpour you had to be riding in to believe. Cars showering me with rooster tails. Didn't phase me. Loved it. Go figure.

But if it's raining I can't bring myself to START riding in it. Don't ask me why. That's how it's always been. I realize this makes no sense. But I've tried to change my thinking on this and I can't seem to manage it.
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Old 02-01-06, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Riding in the rain for me works like this: if it starts raining while I'm on the road I can deal with it. I've ridden in friggin deluges you can't imagine. And actually enjoyed it. Did a 4 hour ride on Xmas Day and the last hour of it was in a cold, raw 43º F downpour you had to be riding in to believe. Cars showering me with rooster tails. Didn't phase me. Loved it. Go figure.

But if it's raining I can't bring myself to START riding in it. Don't ask me why. That's how it's always been. I realize this makes no sense. But I've tried to change my thinking on this and I can't seem to manage it.
It works pretty much the same for me. As long as I'm already riding I'm fine. Starting in the rain just sucks though. Especially if it is below 40 and raining.
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I ride road bikes, sport bikes, sport quads... and I do some whitewater kayaking. Therefore, any weather is good weather. When one overtakes another, I just move to a different hobby. Snow pretty much ruins all of those, but I LOVE snow so I can't complain if we're lucky enough to get snow here.

Bring it all on.

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Old 02-01-06, 03:52 PM
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This year I have been riding every day more or less. That's probably the only advantage of a grad school schedule, however I avoid the deluges if possible.

Since I know the Washington County roads fairly well, I find it fun to avoid the nasty dark showers that scream in from the coast. I find myself getting better and better at it.
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Old 02-01-06, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Dude put the bong away, turn off the lava lamp and put that tie-dyed tee shirt in the hamper for good .
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Funny that probably about 80% of the posters in this thread are from pdx. You have to be some kind of crazy to enjoy it I guess. Personally, some of my very favorite rides were when I used to be in college in McMinnville and I'd rip out onto a country road heading out into the farm fields just as it started to rain. Spring showers are the best because sometimes the sun will alternate with the rain and everything looks so beautiful.

40 some odd days of overcast and rain on the other hand...well, lets just say I enjoy riding THAT much.
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Dude put the bong away, turn off the lava lamp and put that tie-dyed tee shirt in the hamper for good .

I'm just teasing. a few of my most pleasant rides have been in the rain. just not a downpour.
+1 on the bong advice. Over the past month, I've had to wade through sections of my commute, and last night the wind was so strong the rain was actually stinging me through my jacket and jersey. I rode at least 10 miles of my commute home in 2nd gear (and some of it was even in first). Average speed working my butt off was 12mph.

I normally like rain because it cleans the air, washes the troublemakers off my path, and greens everything up. However, I won't cry if the rain and/or wind let up a little.
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I made a break for another state. It let me know that I have had one ride since Jan 1 here in P-town and that was the coldest I 've had in recent memories. Seasons here in the PNW are definiate we will be caught in rain showers soon after starting out on a sunny morning. They're coming they know your there- you can't hide for long they will catch you and make you wet! Go ahead you deside when.
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The lady at a coffee shop, upon seeing me drenched head to toe, asks me, "so is it still raining out there?" ummm no s***!
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Originally Posted by banerjek
Over the past month, I've had to wade through sections of my commute, and last night the wind was so strong the rain was actually stinging me through my jacket and jersey. I rode at least 10 miles of my commute home in 2nd gear (and some of it was even in first). Average speed working my butt off was 12mph.
Ah yes, yesterday was one of the epic rides home. Periodic wind gusts of about 30mph blowing the stinging rain head-on while slowly cranking up a 1.5 mile hill, requiring me to actually stand on the pedals in my 39 inch gear to keep the bike moving forward.

Great times I tell ya! I was almost disappointed that this morning's ride was so tranquil by comparison
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