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What do I do when it rains?

Old 07-13-11, 04:15 PM
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What do I do when it rains?

I want to go on a ride tonight, but it looks like it's about to rain.

Now, I have no problem riding in the rain, but is there extra maintenance stuff I need to do to my bike afterwards?
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Old 07-13-11, 04:16 PM
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take the bus
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Get wet.

Watch the TdF. Those guys ride it, regardless of the weather. You can do the same.
In fact, the heavier the rain, the less it bothers. Once you are soaked, little else is important.

Avoid lightning storms, for obvious reasons - but rain only gets you wet.
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Old 07-13-11, 04:20 PM
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If the bus is empty, you can take your bike, put it on the trainer, and ride in it.
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Wipe the bike down afterward, and lube the chain before your next ride.
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Old 07-13-11, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by laserfj View Post
I want to go on a ride tonight, but it looks like it's about to rain.

Now, I have no problem riding in the rain, but is there extra maintenance stuff I need to do to my bike afterwards?
Wipe down everything with a dry towel, ensure rims are clean & re-lube the chain. That's it...
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Old 07-13-11, 04:23 PM
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If you don't have to ride, why? I would worry about cars and visibility in the rain -- they barely see us on a clear day.
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Old 07-13-11, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mac61 View Post
If you don't have to ride, why? I would worry about cars and visibility in the rain -- they barely see us on a clear day.
It's on a trail, so only bikes and walkers are there. I'm guessing there won't be many walkers with this weather.
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Old 07-13-11, 04:26 PM
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Slalom between the drops.
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Wait a day...
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Old 07-13-11, 04:48 PM
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All that maintenance stuff after a ride is for wussy! Just make sure to take of the baby bike bolts!


HTFU and ride in the rain. Check for parts that will rust, dry it and lube it. Use common sense, being here shows lack thereof
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I don't ride in the rain in the summer, but in the winter I usually rinse the grit off the bike, dry the chain with shop towels and then spray with WD40 and dry again. Lube before next ride.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Wipe the bike down afterward, and lube the chain before your next ride.
^Yep. I like visor or ball cap .. if you're face isn't getting splashed (as much), you hardly know it's raining
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Old 07-13-11, 05:07 PM
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Old 07-13-11, 06:21 PM
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It POURED for about 20 minutes on my way home. There was a wreck on the overpass adjacent to the feeder shoulder I was taking below. Heard swooshes and sliding, then see these big orange cones flying off the left side of the bridge. An f-250 or similar big diesel hit the guard rail, driver get's out immediately. I dismounted and climbed up to see if I could help, but luckily there was a cop already there. Must have been in traffic, but he told me just to go on.

I was instantly checking my tail every 20 seconds. It's really never occurred to me how a hydroplaning vehicle could just flatten me in an instant. Sobering. There's a lot more to worry about then just getting wet.

I love riding in the rain though.
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Old 07-13-11, 06:35 PM
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Just smile and enjoy the ride.
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