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Old 03-02-10, 02:08 PM
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Rainy Gran Fondo San Diego?

Hey everyone. I've been looking forward to the Gran Fondo SD for a quite a while now but now the forecast is calling potentially for rain this weekend. Should I start considering riding my disc brake equipped (steel) mountain bike?

Anybody else gearing up for this ride? I'm excited to ride over the Coronado bridge to start.
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I'll be there with my rain jacket to use if necessary. Road bikes are fine in the rain, caliper brake pads need a few revolutions of the wheel to dry off and start to work.

Be extra careful when crossing the white lines painted on the pavement and you should be good. At least there's no mud-slick pave like in Belgium.

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Old 03-04-10, 12:07 PM
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I don't feel like 101 miles in the rain, so I'm riding the Medio Corsa. No way I'm taking my Colnago out into the soup, so I'll be on an '89 50th Anniversary Olmo with cantilever brakes and fenders. It has a typical Lemond era paint job, a hideous neon pink/white/safety green fade and an Ostrich handlebar bag. Ci vediamo allora!
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Actually, the forecast is starting to look much better. Only light rain on Saturday and hopefully nothing on Sunday. Let's hope!
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Old 03-04-10, 04:02 PM
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Che buona fortuna! If it isn't raining at 6 am I'm going to ride the Colnago for sure. Look for a 2002 steel Classic in Mapei colors.
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Originally Posted by fitz3641 View Post
Actually, the forecast is starting to look much better. Only light rain on Saturday and hopefully nothing on Sunday. Let's hope!
Which forecast are you looking at? Weather.com still shows 70% chance of rain, and potential for 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain. No way I'm taking my baby out in that. (God I love having that excuse (errr... bike with Brooks saddle and new Dromartis))

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Those look like my church shoes.
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Those look like my church shoes.
Those are some nice-looking shoes. Are they clipless? I could only imagine what those shoes would look like if I rode them - covered with energy drink overspray, etc.
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Clipless aye, Cap'n. I've got Look pedals on my Masi and commuter.
I was afraid they'd be that thin, cardboardy leather like my old Detto-Pietros, but the leather is nearly a full mm thick. It's supple, but they're still going to take a while to break in.
Ain't light either; just one of them weighs nearly as much as a pair of Sidi Ergo's. (Some people will do anything to get out of riding in the rain.)
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Old 03-04-10, 08:59 PM
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Have fun and be safe if it's wet. Especially after you get over Honey Springs and into those descents. I'm supposed to be out there on a 400k but I'm coming down with something so 250 miles in the rain is the last thing I need. Possible snow in and around Julian is the deal breaker also.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Which forecast are you looking at? Weather.com still shows 70% chance of rain, and potential for 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain. No way I'm taking my baby out in that. (God I love having that excuse (errr... bike with Brooks saddle and new Dromartis))
For a while weather.com was saying only 20% chance of rain for Sunday; now it's looking wet again.
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I rode the Firecracker Fun ride last weekend, half in torrential downpour and half in sun and used a set of these on my road bike:

https://www.rei.com/product/718392

At the end of the day, much of me was soaked through, but my ass was dry thanks to not having the constant spray from the wet pavement shooting up off the back wheel. The guys riding behind me were grateful, too.
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Old 03-05-10, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by kenrudman View Post
I rode the Firecracker Fun ride last weekend, half in torrential downpour and half in sun and used a set of these on my road bike:

https://www.rei.com/product/718392

At the end of the day, much of me was soaked through, but my ass was dry thanks to not having the constant spray from the wet pavement shooting up off the back wheel. The guys riding behind me were grateful, too.
Yep, now it's back up to 70% chance of rain.
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Those are some nice looking shoes. Both pair. And that is a nice looking bike. They do look like they have never been worn, tho'. I think the best thing to do with those shoes and that bike is ... get out there and ride!
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Yep, now it's back up to 70% chance of rain.
down to 40%.
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how is it walking in those Dromartis?

Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Clipless aye, Cap'n. I've got Look pedals on my Masi and commuter.
I was afraid they'd be that thin, cardboardy leather like my old Detto-Pietros, but the leather is nearly a full mm thick. It's supple, but they're still going to take a while to break in.
Ain't light either; just one of them weighs nearly as much as a pair of Sidi Ergo's. (Some people will do anything to get out of riding in the rain.)
Chris -- I'm a sucker for Italian shoes and have been coveting those dromartis for a while -- but I'm really curious how they are to walk in off the bike? I mean, I can't click-clack around the office or a restaurant in my normal cycling shoes, so do they have some sort of clip structure that lets them be worn off the bike with a minimum set of decorum?
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Cold, wet and colder. I now know what an 80 yo with arthritis feels on a daily basis. Burr and ouch! Many like myself, set out to do the century but could only hang with the 32 mile ride because of the conditions. Oh well, that is how life goes. Overall it was a great event with excellent grub at the end. I hope that LA will be just as good.
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Yeah, it was wet. Fun though.
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Congratulations to you both for even just showing up! Good job, regardless of how far you went.
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Lou Ann and I started, Colin, Julie, Chuck W. and Cheryl didn't bother, went for breakfast instead.

Lou and I were wet and cold and rding in pretty much a constant downpour. When Lou Ann saw the cut-off for the 32 she rode right over to it . . . no discussion needed.

So I got 42 miles in the end. Not what I had in mind, but plenty under the circumstances. Met Dee, a mechanic at Banning's and rode with her for awhile, so that was fun!

Yes, great organization, terrible weather. And San Diego is usually so nice this time of year!

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We planned on the 53 miler and did the same as everyone else and took 32 mile cut off. Soaked to the bone within the first mile and never ridden in the rain before i learned alot and had a good time considering the conditions. One of the girls my wife was riding with took a bad spill crossing some diagonal railroad tracks and got an ambulance ride out of it with a broken collarbone. While we waiting for the ambulance we saw 5 others go down in the same spot. Sag finally put up some cones to alert the riders of the hazard.
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We planned on the 53 miler and did the same as everyone else and took 32 mile cut off. Soaked to the bone within the first mile and never ridden in the rain before i learned alot and had a good time considering the conditions. One of the girls my wife was riding with took a bad spill crossing some diagonal railroad tracks and got an ambulance ride out of it with a broken collarbone. While we waiting for the ambulance we saw 5 others go down in the same spot. Sag finally put up some cones to alert the riders of the hazard.
Yikeroni! I saw the two females and thought they just slid and had bad scrapes. Seeing them would never lead me to believe a broken collarbone came out of it.
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Yikeroni! I saw the two females and thought they just slid and had bad scrapes. Seeing them would never lead me to believe a broken collarbone came out of it.
That was probably someone else. There were about 6 of us pulled over. It was about 7 miles from the finish.
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