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Old 12-18-10, 07:39 PM
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Anybody do any rain rides?

I rode the SGRT and Rio Hondo for a couple hours today. Had the paths to myself. Anyone else brave the elements today?
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I took a short walk with a friend along part of the Rio Hondo, we walked down into the "oasis". I didn't see anyone out cycling...
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I'm getting ready to leave for a night rain ride right now. Satellite shows rain north of where I plan to ride.
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riding in the rain is fun.
did about 45 miles this morning
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What do you wear for a typical ride in the rain?
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead
What do you wear for a typical ride in the rain?
Old shoes, old helmet, black bibs, cycling cap, cheap cycling rain jacket.

I wear old stuff because it gets soaked and dirt/oil/other junk gets sprayed on my back. The brim of the cap keeps some water from going straight onto my glasses. The rain jacket is one of those cheap clear ones I got from Voler for $8.`
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Love rain rides.

Remember to tape up the ventilation holes in the bottom of your shoes (if any).

Today: https://mapmyride.com/routes/view/26227742
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^^ Your route map is private. The link doesn't work.

Last time I road Back Bay in the rain, all that clay soil went from the road to myself and my bike. It was quite a lot of work to get everything clean.
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Last time I road Back Bay in the rain, all that clay soil went from the road to myself and my bike. It was quite a lot of work to get everything clean.
Doesn't sound like much fun to me! My wife and I looked at the rain, looked at our poor, lonely tandem, and then decided to have a cup of hot chocolate.
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Route map should be golden now.

On the clothing note: There were around 5-6 people out on PCH and one other guy in Long Beach who looked like he might have been
b-lining home (rain riding isn't for everyone). 30% of them were wearing full rain gear and the rest were in what looked like their regular kits
and two cats were in shorts and ss jerseys. I guess it all depends on how long you're going to be out. At 66 miles for me today I had to make
sure I was going to be somewhat dry.

The wind going southbound today really cut into my average speed and made the ride a struggle from the start. 100% worth it.
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I always commute by bike in the rain and have an old Schwinn Continental set up with one speed and fenders for the occasion. No fuss, little muss.
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Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead
What do you wear for a typical ride in the rain?
I've got a GORE waterproof cycling jacket that doesn't breathe at all. So - it's pretty much useless for everything except riding in the rain.

Also - a waterproof cap. It wasn't very cold today, so I could live with my hands/bibs/shoes getting soaked - as long as my head and core were dry. If it was much colder, I'd have to address those areas. But - we live in Southern California, so why bother?
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Originally Posted by GP
Old shoes, old helmet, black bibs.......
Now that I have a good stock of older/spare gear, I ride in the rain a lot more. Having a spare bike was also key... as the worst part about a rain ride was cleaning the bike afterward.

Riding in the rain is fun. Riding in the cold rain is beyond miserable.
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Originally Posted by VanceMac
... as the worst part about a rain ride was cleaning the bike afterward. . . .
Yup!
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Went to my sisters home in Diamond Bar via a possible route to ride in the future. Going up Bea Canyon spotted two roadies at about 10:30 am pounding away in regular gear with clear plastic rain jackets. It was a light to medium rain and they were going uphill toward Diamond Bar about half way up the canyon. It looked like they had been on the road awhile as they had grim faces. Maybe the wind had something to do about it. Only riders i saw on the way.
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My current riding partners are anti rain riding, which unfortunately means if I ride in the rain, I ride solo.
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Yup!

It takes me 5 minutes to install fenders before I go out in the wet. I don't spend any time cleaning up after my ride. Now I'm ready to ride for the rest of the week.
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I'm drinking some coffee and will head down to the garage to ride on the trainer. Riding in the rain isn't fun to me.
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no rides for me, arghh.. rains till mid week.
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Originally Posted by rooftest
I've got a GORE waterproof cycling jacket that doesn't breathe at all. So - it's pretty much useless for everything except riding in the rain.

Also - a waterproof cap. It wasn't very cold today, so I could live with my hands/bibs/shoes getting soaked - as long as my head and core were dry. If it was much colder, I'd have to address those areas. But - we live in Southern California, so why bother?
I was thinking about rain gear this morning and realized that a nice set of rain gear would last forever in southern California
if stored in the right place (because it has the potential of being stored for a really long time).
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The last time I got caught out in the rain, maybe 2 years ago, I came down with pneumonia. I was caught completely off guard since I watch almost zero TV, and I hadn't bothered to check the weather forecast. I think I bought a trainer about a week after I recovered...
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Originally Posted by knowledgdropper
I was caught completely off guard since I watch almost zero TV, and I hadn't bothered to check the weather forecast.
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...2=-117.852&e=1
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Today's rain wasn't bad but the south wind sucked. I missed a northbound group ride this morning and saw a few of them suffering later on their way home.
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Originally Posted by idoru2005
It takes me 5 minutes to install fenders before I go out in the wet. I don't spend any time cleaning up after my ride. Now I'm ready to ride for the rest of the week.
Don't know what you ride, but fenders wouldn't do a thing to keep road grit from accumulating in the front and rear DRs, brake calipers & pads, not to mention grit that accumulates on the chain during a ride in the rain for me. Fenders might be nice to keep the water off the bottom of the seat, and from spraying up one's back, but that's the least of my concerns.
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Geez- what a bunch of wimps. I grew up there (Pasadena) and moved to the Pacific Northwet a while back. I'm always ready to ride in the rain- because it always rains! I rode yesterday and it rained, hailed, and I had to push home into a 20mph headwind.
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