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Riding in the rain what to know ?

Old 07-20-10, 07:53 PM
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Riding in the rain what to know ?

Well I was out riding tonight and got caught in the rain for about the last 15 min coming home. Should I slow down in the rain ? What should I do to the bike if anything after riding in the rain ? Thanks in advance
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Know that painted lines are like ice when wet. Been there done that have the scars to show for it.
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Old 07-20-10, 07:56 PM
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wipe the bike down. Cleaning the chain is nice also.
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Ride faster and harder. Take turns sharper than you do usually.
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Are they talking about spectators feeding the cyclists? You know, like don't feed the bears?
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Braking distances will be longer, grip for turns will be less.
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Stay Off of White Lines and Metal Grating. They are very slick when wet.
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1) You won't melt.

2) Newspaper stuffed down your shoes will wick a lot of moisture out.
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wow.
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It's slick. Be extra careful on descents and turns. You won't be able to brake as fast, so get too close behind cars. Your rear wheel can easily slip in turns if you run over something so keep on the look out for debris in turns. Be careful of your rear wheel slipping. It actually happened to me today.

I noticed my rear wheel would easily skid if I touched the rear brake, so I stopped and inspected my rear tire. It had some mud on it, but looked fine. I took three pedals strokes and the bike slipped out from under me. That's when I noticed the sloping road I was on was just covered in a small layer of mud and gravel.
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Don't ride with you mouth open,people in here have drowned doing that.
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check your brakes frequently. Be ready to flintstone stop. Also cars may not be looking out for cycliists, so be careful.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Know that painted lines are like ice when wet. Been there done that have the scars to show for it.
I concur, slipped the rear wheel out from under me barely moving from a stop
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Know that painted lines are like ice when wet.
Also manholes and the like as well as those large steel plates they use when working on the road. You'll die.

Keep in mind that rain can knock a bunch of crap out of trees. Slippery crap that congregates in corners.
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Very good info guys thanks.
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Your stopping distance will be MUCH larger than any car's stopping distance. Cars are dumb. Stay away from the back of cars.
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^ that's just a general tip.
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skin is generally waterproof
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Originally Posted by 1nterceptor View Post
Braking distances will be longer, grip for turns will be less.
This - especially on descents. I use Swiss stop pads after realizing how poor my stock pads were on wet descents.

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Keep in mind that rain can knock a bunch of crap out of trees. Slippery crap that congregates in corners.
Also small sharp stuff seems more attracted to tires in the wet....
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Make sure your defensive weapon is polymer or stainless steel. Ordinary gunmetal will rust quickly.
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In slippery conditions - not just wet - change the balance between front and back brakes a bit. In the dry it'll be mainly front brake, but if the road surface is poor make it 50-50. The reason is that a rear wheel skid is retrievable, but if you lose your front wheel you're almost certainly going down.
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