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Old 08-23-10, 11:41 AM
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Boo, hoo, it's raining!

I'm a somewhat manic novice who lucky enough to be retired. I started riding in June and I've ridden 1800 miles with a longest of 83 miles and a fastest of 17.1 mph on an 18-mile hilly fitness ride. I ride 5 days a week, with 2 or 3 being group rides, plus 2 days of "rest" when I hit the gym. I've only had one (that is "ONE" as in "1") day of rain that I couldn't simply arrange to be a gym day, and I think that only happened twice. Boy, it's been a dry summer here in the suburbs west of Boston. It rained yesterday (Sunday) and it might last through Wednesday. I've been spoiled! PS: I've also had almost no headwinds.

My one ride in the rain was my first "long" ride of 38 miles at the end of my second week and it stopped being comfortable when the water started running into my cycling shoes. It also made me wonder why virtually nobody has fenders - but that is an issue for another time. The road grit and grime on the shins and up my back weren't horrible, but they weren't pleasant either.

Do you head out when it's raining? Not when it's dry (or misty) and the forecast calls for rain soon, but it's actually raining already.
  1. Do you wear your crummiest jersey?
  2. Do you put Rain-X on your glasses?
  3. Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry?
  4. Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride?
  5. What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine?
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Is there a good link showing how much cleaning is needed? E.g.,
  1. Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first?
  2. Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? Or can I spray it with compressed air? Or is wiping sufficient?
  3. Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs?
  4. Do I need to do anything with the brakes?
  5. I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right?
  6. What else?
I prefer to be spoiled - it's been really nice.

PS - I may use this as an opportunity to take a several day rest and let my personal undercarriage recover some. I've been riding over 200 miles a week for several weeks with two sets of short power intervals thrown in, but I don't have any sense that I've committed myself to keep up that sort of pace. But Fall and Winter are coming, and I should learn what other people do about rain.

Thanks, as always.
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Old 08-23-10, 11:46 AM
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im not retired, so on the days i plan to ride, i ride. also, not being retired means i have no time to answer all those questions. now go ride your bike. later.
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  1. Do you wear your crummiest jersey? No
  2. Do you put Rain-X on your glasses? No?!?! I don't wear them.
  3. Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry? No, my tri shoes dry quickly. But you can stuff them with newspaper after.
  4. Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride? No
  5. What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine? Put my cell phone in a plastic bag
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Not very

Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first? I do
  1. Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? Or can I spray it with compressed air? Or is wiping sufficient? I wipe it.
  2. Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs? I don't.
  3. Do I need to do anything with the brakes? I don't.
  4. I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right? I'd hope so
  5. What else? Stop worrying so much (coming from the person who is losing sleep over a scratch).
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im not retired, so on the days i plan to ride, i ride. also, not being retired means i have no time to answer all those questions. now go ride your bike. later.
Should he ride now or later?
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Do you head out when it's raining? Yes
Do you wear your crummiest jersey? No
Do you put Rain-X on your glasses? I generally take them off if it's really wet.
Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry? Overshoes. You can get heavy-duty ones for winter, lightweight ones for summer.
Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride? I keep the chain well lubed routinely, so I don't do anything special because it's raining.
What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine? I take a rain jacket
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Not long
Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first? Not a bad idea
Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? Or can I spray it with compressed air? Or is wiping sufficient? Wipe it - but this is much more about getting rid of grit and crud than water
Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs? No
Do I need to do anything with the brakes? Again, just wipe off grit and crud. In the winter, here, road grit and salt turns into a fine paste that will wear your rims
I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right? right
What else? Run your hands over the surface of your tyres. When it's wet all sorts of debris gets washed onto the road and it's easy to pick up, with the risk of later punctures.
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Originally Posted by ijen0311 View Post
  1. Do you wear your crummiest jersey? No
  2. Do you put Rain-X on your glasses? No?!?! I don't wear them.
  3. Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry? No, my tri shoes dry quickly. But you can stuff them with newspaper after.
  4. Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride? No
  5. What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine? Put my cell phone in a plastic bag
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Not very

Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first? I do
  1. Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? Or can I spray it with compressed air? Or is wiping sufficient? I wipe it.
  2. Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs? I don't.
  3. Do I need to do anything with the brakes? I don't.
  4. I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right? I'd hope so
  5. What else? Stop worrying so much (coming from the person who is losing sleep over a scratch).
Pretty much "what she said" except that I would examine my brake pad and remove any crap that may have be come embedded. Maybe a light sanding. For some reason brake pads attract a lot of crap when it rains.
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Do you head out when it's raining? No.
Do you wear your crummiest jersey? No, unless its the top jersey in my drawer.
Do you put Rain-X on your glasses? No.
Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry? Stuff with newspaper or paper towels.
Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride? No.
What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine? Nothing.
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? About 10 minutes.
Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first? Yes.
Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? No.
Or can I spray it with compressed air? Yes if you have one.
Or is wiping sufficient? Thats all I do.
Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs? I lube the chain and derailleurs. Rain and road grime washed most of it away.
Do I need to do anything with the brakes? Wipe the road grime off the pads.
I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right? Sounds right to me.
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my cycling glasses are Rx so i wear them anytime i'm on the bike (theyre transitions, so theyre safe at night too); i find cycling caps are my friend when its raining or snowing.
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i wear sandals to ride in the rain, they dry very quickly. might try the rain x on the glasses, it does get a bit hard to see sometimes
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You might have heard, we get a bit of rain in my neck of the woods. That's why they call it the Pacific Northwet. And yes, I ride in it; the other choice is not riding for seven months of the year.

I don't know which one is my worst base layer ( I don't do cycling jersey ), but I wear it as often as the other ones. I guess which is the best or worst depends on the temperature, so, if you look at it that way, I try to avoid it. If it's cold, I'll wear a denser wool than if it's warm.

I haven't been wiping my bike down at all when I get back, though maybe I should start. I'll ask the LBS, since I just got a new, and very nice bike. But I think whatever wear there is, has already happened by the time you get home. Water evaporating from your paint and other parts doesn't seem very damaging, compared to sandy, gritty street water going through your chain as you power up that hill...

The only thing that bothers me about riding in the rain, is that my beautiful new Cervélo lacks disc brakes, which my old CX bike has. I'll get used to "wiping" them dry before I need them ( tap the brake levers a bit before you need them ), but I'll have to get used to it. If you're not accustomed to this, get in the habit.
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Originally Posted by hobkirk View Post
Do you head out when it's raining? Not when it's dry (or misty) and the forecast calls for rain soon, but it's actually raining already.
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How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Is there a good link showing how much cleaning is needed? E.g.,
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I prefer to be spoiled - it's been really nice.

PS - I may use this as an opportunity to take a several day rest and let my personal undercarriage recover some. I've been riding over 200 miles a week for several weeks with two sets of short power intervals thrown in, but I don't have any sense that I've committed myself to keep up that sort of pace. But Fall and Winter are coming, and I should learn what other people do about rain.

Thanks, as always.
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Originally Posted by Tulex View Post
Should he ride now or later?
from the looks of things i say later. later.
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Do you head out when it's raining? Not when it's dry (or misty) and the forecast calls for rain soon, but it's actually raining already.
  1. Do you wear your crummiest jersey? No, but I avoid white jerseys
  2. Do you put Rain-X on your glasses? I don't wear any in the rain
  3. Do you do anything to keep your shoes from getting soaked so they won't take 2 days to dry? Stuff newspaper in your shoes and they'll dry quickly
  4. Do you spray lubricant on your drive train so it can act like a temporary water repellent for the first part of the ride? I clean the chain and lube it afterwards
  5. What else do you do beyond your normal pre-ride routine? I eat lettuce then whistle Sinatra tunes.
How long do you spend when you get back wiping down your bike? Is there a good link showing how much cleaning is needed? E.g.,
  1. Do I spray the bike down with a garden hose to remove the dirt and grit first? Spraying water on my bike would be bad since I live in an apartment so a wipe down is fine.
  2. Do I need to remove my chain to get rid of the water trapped in the links? Or can I spray it with compressed air? Or is wiping sufficient? No, just wipe the chain down and add lube. If you ride in the rain often then use a chain cleaner (Park Tools has one) to get the grit out well.
  3. Do I need to do anything more that wiping down the cassette and the derailleurs? You can kiss and pet them.
  4. Do I need to do anything with the brakes?Wipe the braking surface to get rid of any grit, same for the brake pads with clean towel, NOT the one used to clean lubricated surfaces.
  5. I assume the bearings in the wheels, BB, head are sufficiently sealed that they won't be a problem - right? Most yes.
  6. What else? Don't crash
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I dont leave in the rain but will chance it if rain is forcast. When it rains, I ride abit more carefully, and when I get home I wipe down bike, lube the chain, and then shower.
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from the looks of things i say later. later.
as apposed to sooner than later?
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^^^^ since the topic is day old, yes. unless it is raining again today. then i say sooner. later.
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i stopped after the first paragraph. It rains here everyday, and it's always a stiff headwind. This might be my jealousy talking, but I feel no pity for the OP.
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What do you think go thru the OPs mind when hes figuring to get laid!
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What do you think go thru the OPs mind when hes figuring to get laid!
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i stopped after the first paragraph. It rains here everyday, and it's always a stiff headwind. This might be my jealousy talking, but I feel no pity for the OP.
+1. SWFL here, which has the added 'advantage' of generally being a lame and boring place to live. Less traffic tho.
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Originally Posted by ijen0311 View Post
OP made us write essays and never even came back
The responses answered my questions point by point with the additional suggestion of a rain jacket. The responses were pretty much as I expected. It's a fine line (to me) between saying "thank you" and bumping my post. I try to err on the side of caution. I do post questions:
  • when I think I know the answer to learn (lots & lots of experience here and I know I'm a novice)
  • sometimes just to see what kind of responses I will get
  • occasionally to add a little entertainment value (another fine line, admittedly)
But now that I've come back, you're welcome to post "Something witty" (sorry, I couldn't resist - I think it's a fab tag line).

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What do you think go thru the OPs mind when hes figuring to get laid!
OP here - Made me laugh! I certainly am guilty of over-thinking often.
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