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Old 12-19-12, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Read about it on the internet.
Riding in the rain is a lot more fun on the internet. I like to go to Flickr and see the happy Northwestern randos doing brevets in the rain. I did a 200K in the rain once. It was miserable.
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Old 12-20-12, 08:53 AM
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Rain can be fun. I'll do it maybe once a year...I hate having cold ears, though...
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Old 12-20-12, 01:15 PM
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I have two great rain bikes and appropriate clothing, including waterproof insulated shoes, so I ride to work in all conditions. Last Thursday, however, i didn't make it and nearly drowned. The stadium bike path in San Diego washed out on Dec. 22, 2010 when Murphy Creek overflowed its banks and broke through a levee because the City failed to clear silt and vegetation from the concrete flood control channel that should have and always has been able to do its job when properly maintained. It has never been repaired and the channel is even more clogged with silt, reeds, shopping carts. I was riding my usual route at 6 am in total darkness with multiple lights. The water on the bike path was getting deeper and deeper when I saw a wall of water coming toward me. I tried to turn around. When I had turned 90 degrees the current took my wheels off the ground and separated me from the bike. I went under water and was washed against the K rail on the side of the path. I struggled to my feet and found my bike with the lights still on about 200 meters downstream.
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Old 12-20-12, 01:19 PM
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Old 12-20-12, 01:22 PM
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Yikes!

Silly question, but that must be one helluva light. What kind is it?
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Old 12-20-12, 01:42 PM
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I have three Magicshines facing forward as well as a Light & Motion Arc Li-Ion. The switch on the Magicshine 1600 (MJ-872) got wet and the light stopped working for a few days. Magicshine refused to replace it. As soon as I had purchased a replacement, the light fired right up again, but leakage past the switch caused it to spark and flash randomly when off. After this morning's commute at high power for an hour, the switch is finally dried out and works normally again. Hopefully Magicshine will at least credit my PayPal account for $101 if I send the new one back unopened.
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Old 12-21-12, 10:08 PM
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Only thing that stops me from riding is an electrical storm (lightning). Standard yellow rainsuit keeps everything out, waterproof boots, plastic veggie bag or shower cap over the helmet, etc for heavy rain. Leather pants, sailing windbreaker jacket with a nice warm sweater layer underneath, waterproof shoes or boots, and helmet cover (plastic bag/shower cap) for light rain. Standard pedals for either rain condition.
But my bikes are my primary means of transportation...no bus or car...just roll with what I have. Cold weather lately (near freezing in the mornings) has me wearing a snow face wrap/scarf, forgot what its called...lol, covers nose, mouth, and neck with some ear coverage...ez on and off velcro.
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