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Old 11-08-12, 06:10 PM
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It's raining right now and I'm going for a ride

That will be the second rainy ride for me all year, woot!

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Old 11-08-12, 06:22 PM
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I really don't mind riding in the rain itself so much ... it's the slippery surfaces, getting the bike full of road debris and sand, and that chic little dark stripe it puts on the back of my jersey.

Then, I got this puppy ... especially for the rain:



Fenders. Wide tires with tread. Cheap bike with a really cheap drivetrain. When I get home, I hose it off, bounce off the excess water, and that's it. I'm actually kinda looking forward to swimming home tonight.
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Old 11-08-12, 07:44 PM
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2nd time i got caught in the rain.

when did 20% chance become 100% chance of rain??? it said 20% last time too. lolz

i was scheduled for another one of my night rides but the rain ruined it. i just rode home after work.
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Old 11-08-12, 08:48 PM
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Glad I rode on my lunch break now that it gets dark early. Those knarly looking clouds were headed my way as I was finishing my ride. I don't think I should have to ride in even damp conditions in Southern California
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Old 11-08-12, 09:58 PM
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Undone! Dear lord, my wife drove the truck to her doctor's appt with my bike in the back. I usually drive my son to his athletic endeavor and then ride while he's practicing. It's either that or gossip with all the moms, which is sometimes fun but rarely as fun as a good ride.

Clearly, I need another bike. That works. With another set of headlights on it. etc. So sad... I was really looking forward to this for some masochistic reason.

I have a night jacket (basically a shell that lights up like crazy when headlights hit it) that keeps the chic little dark stripe on something that's easily cleaned. The feet are really the only thing I haven't figured out yet - somebody suggested sandwich bags over the toes (inside the shoes) but I haven't tried that yet.
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Old 11-09-12, 10:38 AM
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Riding in the rain is overrated IMO. I got my fill of it in Benelux, with pig manure from the farm roads splashing up in my face, prematurely wearing out chains, freewheels, chainrings..., the reduced traction, the increased vehicular hazards... You can have it. I love living here!
I had a beautiful rain walk last night but had to concentrate on the beauty of it, instead of letting it remind me of the miserable days I spent in the field wearing wet Army wool socks and sleeping in a soaked GI sleeping bag, or the days spent riding in that slop.
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Old 11-09-12, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Riding in the rain is overrated IMO. I got my fill of it ... prematurely wearing out chains, freewheels, chainrings..., the reduced traction, the increased vehicular hazards... You can have it....
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Old 11-09-12, 10:53 AM
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I really wouldn't mind so much on a mup, but on the road with cars, I'll pass unless I'm out riding and it starts raining unexpectedly, then I have no choice.
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Old 11-09-12, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Riding in the rain is overrated IMO. I got my fill of it in Benelux, with pig manure from the farm roads splashing up in my face, prematurely wearing out chains, freewheels, chainrings..., the reduced traction, the increased vehicular hazards... You can have it. I love living here!
I had a beautiful rain walk last night but had to concentrate on the beauty of it, instead of letting it remind me of the miserable days I spent in the field wearing wet Army wool socks and sleeping in a soaked GI sleeping bag, or the days spent riding in that slop.
Is that like the city of Fontana that I live in ? - Anyhow, Put a helmet on that bald head

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Old 11-09-12, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Riding in the rain is overrated IMO. I got my fill of it in Benelux, with pig manure from the farm roads splashing up in my face, prematurely wearing out chains, freewheels, chainrings..., the reduced traction, the increased vehicular hazards... You can have it. I love living here!
I had a beautiful rain walk last night but had to concentrate on the beauty of it, instead of letting it remind me of the miserable days I spent in the field wearing wet Army wool socks and sleeping in a soaked GI sleeping bag, or the days spent riding in that slop.
A few weeks ago a group of friends and I spent a 3-day weekend riding in the Santa Ynez Valley. Friday night it rained and Saturday the back roads where we rode were covered with a layer of muddy muck. After the ride I spent over an hour washing the bike in the hotel's shower/bathtub.

I agree with you, riding in the rain is no fun...

BTW, nice pic.
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Old 11-09-12, 11:22 AM
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After the ride I spent over an hour washing the bike in the hotel's shower/bathtub.
LOL, I hoped you used those white washcloths to get all the dirt off your bottom bracket.

Reminds me of the time I cleaned my chain (and my wife's) up in Napa and rinsed out all the goo in the hotel tub. At least my bike was clean. Ha ha.
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Old 11-09-12, 11:48 AM
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Warm rain I can handle, but cold and wet isn't fun. If I wanted to ride my bike in crappy weather, I would have stayed in the midwest.
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Is that like the city of Fontana that I live in ? - Anyhow, Put a helmet on that bald head
Yep. I got caught in a pile-up early on and spent the rest of the day chasing vainly in the rain. That's actually an Aerodyne aero helmet. Praise be to Allah we didn't have the internet to tell us such things, so I was blissfully unaware how fredly I was my first year.
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Warm rain I can handle, but cold and wet isn't fun. If I wanted to ride my bike in crappy weather, I would have stayed in the midwest.
I hear you. One of my most memorable rides was riding through a tropical storm in Puerto Rico. The warm rain felt great. I feel horrible for Dicky, the guy we rented the bikes from. A buddy of mine, actually rode his bike inside the water at the beach.
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Old 11-09-12, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Riding in the rain is overrated IMO. I got my fill of it in Benelux, with pig manure from the farm roads splashing up in my face, prematurely wearing out chains, freewheels, chainrings..., the reduced traction, the increased vehicular hazards... You can have it.
Yea, I hear you. I've been overtaken by a lot of crappy weather, but never pushed off into it. And for all the reasons you mention.

But there is something different about it when it is a commute, particularly on MUPs and bike paths, and I'm riding a bike so crappy, you could buy a chain, freewheel and crank all for about $40.
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I rode all day yesterday through LA in the rain. Not a big deal.
Fixed makes it easy to clean
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Old 11-09-12, 06:32 PM
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I hate the though of riding in traffic when it rains. I've seen a few riders out there and it is darn hard to see them when everything is dark and gloomy, and wet. They can have it!

But I have done some soaking wet rides on SART during the pouring rain in past years. So exhilarating! A 40 mile rooster tail ha ha! Well I did have to stop at Edna Park to wring out my totally saturated clothes. I did have a TREK 820 back then that was great for rain rides on the trail. Wish I had never sold it cause I dont have the heart to take our nice shiny roadies out in the rain only to get all mucky and yucky!

When it's "pouring", you might see one or two other riders on the trail, that's it!

Last year some time Eyemage and I rode our MT bikes up GMR looking for rain. We got more than we bargained for, it started snowing. Only saw one other rider that day, It was Hillbasher riding up into the snow that we were running from.
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Last year some time Eyemage and I rode our MT bikes up GMR looking for rain. We got more than we bargained for, it started snowing. Only saw one other rider that day, It was Hillbasher riding up into the snow that we were running from.
Don't you mean "hailing" on you? I love the part of the video when you are yelling "ouch! Ouch! That's hail! Ouch! That hurts! OUCH!"
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Don't you mean "hailing" on you? I love the part of the video when you are yelling "ouch! Ouch! That's hail! Ouch! That hurts! OUCH!"
Both! It started snowing at the shack so we hit it. Then the hail started at the bottom of that short little return climb.
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Either of you two manly men notice our little flat group ride a week from Sunday?

Beanz, as the mayor, you really can't skip.
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Either of you two manly men notice our little flat group ride a week from Sunday?

Beanz, as the mayor, you really can't skip.
I just sit back, wait and see what the final outcome is, then join if the accommodations & weather work for us.
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I had to commute home on thursday when it had just started to rain. It was my first time riding in anything more than light sprinkling. It was kind of fun, but mostly it scared me since I had no traction on my pedals. My average speed home that day was much lower than average.
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I had to commute home on thursday when it had just started to rain. It was my first time riding in anything more than light sprinkling. It was kind of fun, but mostly it scared me since I had no traction on my pedals. My average speed home that day was much lower than average.
And here you are posting... a survivor! Probably bolder for your experience and a little bit hardier too. Well done.
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Oh yeah, I was glad to have done it. I wasn't so happy with the rust I saw on some hardware on my bike the next day....
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Yep. I got caught in a pile-up early on and spent the rest of the day chasing vainly in the rain. That's actually an Aerodyne aero helmet. Praise be to Allah we didn't have the internet to tell us such things, so I was blissfully unaware how fredly I was my first year.
what do you mean WAS?
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