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riding in rain..can you get sick or is that an myth

Old 03-27-07, 08:01 PM
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riding in rain..can you get sick or is that an myth

from what all the older people say they always told me not to go out when it is raining because i could get pnemunioa (sp?). it is suppose to rain tommorow and i want to go out i think it might be fun. what do you guys think, can you really get sick from being out in the rain for a long time.
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If you let yourself get hypothermic then yeah sure you can get sick. Stay warm, and you'll be fine.
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Old 03-27-07, 08:05 PM
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you'll almost definitely be fine if you get out of your wet clothes right afterwards.
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If it's cold and raining and you're not dressed accordingly... yes, you can get sick. Otherwise, enjoy!
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
If you let yourself get hypothermic then yeah sure you can get sick. Stay warm, and you'll be fine.
Bzzzt...still your turn.

You cannot and will not get sick unless you already have a bug of some sort floating around. Colds, flu and pneumonia are normally caused by various viral infections. You may FEEL sick after being hypothermic, but you really aren't.
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what should i wear it suppose to be 65 degrees here with a steady rain all day.

i dont have any base layers or waterproof coats or anything, i was thinking maybe just my normal jersy shorts and some arm and leg warmers..?
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Old 03-27-07, 08:15 PM
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you're gonna wear warmers when it's 65 out??

just let it rain...same thing as sweat anyways.
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Last time I rode in the rain I got a bad rash.

Tore my rain jacket, too.
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Originally Posted by grahny
If it's cold and raining and you're not dressed accordingly... yes, you can get sick. Otherwise, enjoy!
Do swimmers get sick? I do lots of long distance swims in relatively cold water and I don't get sick. Al I have on are my swim shorts and goggles.

This is another "old wifes tales"
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Originally Posted by damocles1
Bzzzt...still your turn.

You cannot and will not get sick unless you already have a bug of some sort floating around. Colds, flu and pneumonia are normally caused by various viral infections. You may FEEL sick after being hypothermic, but you really aren't.
what he said.
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Originally Posted by damocles1
Bzzzt...still your turn.

You cannot and will not get sick unless you already have a bug of some sort floating around. Colds, flu and pneumonia are normally caused by various viral infections. You may FEEL sick after being hypothermic, but you really aren't.
Hypothermia, as an acute condition puts you at higher risk of getting sick, as it depresses your immune system.


Cold temperature also can lower the immune system's resistance to respiratory infection, causing an increase in respiratory disease mortality


-The Eurowinter Group. Cold exposure and winter mortality from ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, respiratory disease, and all causes in warm and cold regions of Europe. Lancet 1997;349:1341--6.

Bzzzt
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Did a couple rides in the rain last January with temps in the upper 30s and I have apparently lived to talk about it. The biggest problem I found was the amount of dirt/sand that gets thrown up on the bike and me.
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There are many factors that can increase or decrease the immunes systems response but there's no way to catch a cold unless you've been exposed to a virus or bacteria. It's thought that most colds occur in the winter because more people are crowded inside and school is in session (anyone who has kids know that they are germ magnets).
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Originally Posted by dokie
from what all the older people say they always told me not to go out when it is raining because i could get pnemunioa (sp?). it is suppose to rain tommorow and i want to go out i think it might be fun. what do you guys think, can you really get sick from being out in the rain for a long time.
It hasn't killed me. But then I never get sick.

Listen to your parents. Stay warm and dry.
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Old 03-27-07, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by damocles1
Bzzzt...still your turn.

You cannot and will not get sick unless you already have a bug of some sort floating around. Colds, flu and pneumonia are normally caused by various viral infections. You may FEEL sick after being hypothermic, but you really aren't.
There are almost ALWAYS bugs floating around. Hypothermia lowers your immune system and allows the bugs to get to you. It's not guaranteed, but you're much more likely to get sick when your immune system isn't working as well. That includes stress, lack of sleep, and when you're fighting too many bugs at once.
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Originally Posted by dokie
from what all the older people say they always told me not to go out when it is raining because i could get pnemunioa (sp?). it is suppose to rain tommorow and i want to go out i think it might be fun. what do you guys think, can you really get sick from being out in the rain for a long time.
Personally, I hate riding in the rain. It's miserable. All that water kicked up on you and your bike. I got caught out in a downpour a while back about 8 miles from my car. I just put my head down and pounded out those 8 miles but I was completely soaked by the time I got to my car. Fortunately, I had a dry shirt I could change into for the drive home. That said, as long as you don't get too cold you really have nothing to worry about.

Oh, and before anyone says it...I live in SoCal, where it rarely rains, so I don't own any rain gear. Fenders would be equally useless.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Do swimmers get sick? I do lots of long distance swims in relatively cold water and I don't get sick. Al I have on are my swim shorts and goggles.

This is another "old wifes tales"
True, except... when one is cold one's nose runs more which increases the chances of touching the nose (usually to wipe the snot away). Doing so increases your chances of catching a cold (remember, to catch a cold one must physically transplant the rhinovirus into the nose or eyes, which typically happens via the fingers or by breathing mucous droplets hanging in the air after a cough or a sneeze by an infected person).
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Nothing wrong with riding in the rain. I always do.
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It's a MYTH!!




I can't even count the number of times I've ridden in the rain ... there have been some summers I would never have gotten on my bicycle if I didn't ride in the rain. Dress for it ... you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Machka
It's a MYTH!!

I can't even count the number of times I've ridden in the rain ... there have been some summers I would never have gotten on my bicycle if I didn't ride in the rain. Dress for it ... you'll be fine.
But you dress for it, right? I think people who don't go out prepared get it in the end.
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No, you won't get sick from riding in the rain. LOL. Or melt. It probably won't make you any crazier than you already are, but it might make other people think you are. Don't worry about getting wet. You get wet when you ride at 80°, right? It's all the same, just water. Fresh water is actually nicer than crummy old sweat water.

The thing to do is to stay warm, but that's much easier than you'd think, because you generate so much heat cycling. The best thing to wear is some sort of a polypro undershirt, long sleeve or short, next to your skin. That will hold the water so you can warm it when it's raining, and will dry quickly when it stops. Then a jersey over that. I've taken to wearing a long sleeve undershirt, a summer jersey, arm warmers, shorts, and leg warmers on the outside. Then a wind vest or a windbreaker jacket - microfiber, not waterproof. Oh, and wool socks - very important.

That outfit works fine for me down to about 45° and raining. You can add booties over the shoes if it's below about 55°. If it's warmer, you can shed the leg and arm warmers, jacket or vest, unzip the jersey and roll up the sleeves on the undershirt. One gear package for most conditions that folks are likely to ride in.

You want to be almost shivering while standing by your bike before you start riding. Take one turn around the block or parking lot to feel the wind chill before departing. You might want to make a clothing adjustment.

Far from making you sick, I find that the best way to get well when I've a cold is to go on a four hour rain ride at a moderate pace. Something about all the skin hydration and breathing all that wet, wet air just fixes me right up.
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It is a total myth. Benjamin Franklin figured it out:

Common cold: In the 18th century, most people believed that wet clothing and dampness in the air caused the common cold. However, Franklin observed that sailors, who were constantly wearing wet clothing, remained healthy. After considering the matter on and off for several years, he eventually concluded: "People often catch cold from one another when shut up together in small close rooms, coaches, &c. and when sitting near and conversing so as to breathe in each other's transpiration." Before the knowledge of viruses and germs, Franklin had determined that the common cold was passed between people through the air.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
But you dress for it, right? I think people who don't go out prepared get it in the end.
I've been caught unprepared too and have been fine. I was actually hypothermic after riding for 24 hours in pouring rain and howling winds with the temps around 7C ... and although I had a bit of a battle recovering from the hypothermia for a while, I didn't catch a cold or anything like that.

The thing is ... dampness doesn't make you sick, viruses make you sick.
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The next thing you'll tell us is the whole 'don't swim for x minutes after eating' think is a myth too I suppose.

What do you take us for?
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all the cyclists in Seattle are sick.
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