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Old 05-04-05, 01:00 AM
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Tour training - Bike in rain??

Hey there,
When y'all are gearing up for tour and trying to ride daily do you ride in the rain? Just a little disillusioned here looking at our 10-day forcast and seeing chance for rain every day!! Ugh!

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yes, suck it up and do it otherwise you might feel like quiting at the first heavy storm

besides, you might learn a few tricks about riding/touring in the rain (like carefully packing your panniers and rainproofing them so you don't end up carrying around extra liters of rain

honestly, I didn't feel ontop of touring until I had a few rainy days under my belt
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It never hurts. Learn how to bike in bad weather and you'll be able to get through anything.

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I know how you feel. The last 2 nights I have stood at the door watching the weather and then ended up putting my bike on the trainer in front of the TV, and saying "definitely tomorrow"
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May sound like a stupid question (oh well) but is there anything special one needs to do before/after to the bike to protect it from water damage, like rust, etc?

What about the cycle-computer? Should I cover it with a baggie or something??

Thanks...and I see what you mean about getting rain practice since it will likely happen on tour.
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Originally Posted by mshattuck
May sound like a stupid question (oh well) but is there anything special one needs to do before/after to the bike to protect it from water damage, like rust, etc?

What about the cycle-computer? Should I cover it with a baggie or something??

Thanks...and I see what you mean about getting rain practice since it will likely happen on tour.
bike, regular maintenance and oiling

cycle-computer, depends on what you have. mine zips in and out of operation depending on how wet it get. the last one just died unexpectedly. I've gone thru 5 of them. a bit annoying to have all those kilometers you racked up disappear from the screen.

rain is more of a certainyy than a likelihood in most climates
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I ride in the rain for pleasure. Training doesn't even enter into the equation.
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Nice warm rain, towell off at the end of the day. No shower required.
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2 items necessary for riding in the rain.. A lightweight rear fender and rain cape.. They have some easy fenders, just screw onto your seatpost, this will keep your butt dry and a nice rain cape.. Make sure the rain cape has venting on the sides otherwise it will feel like a steam bath when you ride..

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=13359

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1130
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I love the pic they use in Performance's catalog for the rain jackets. Not a rain cloud in the sky. Nothing against the jackets quality, and value, I just thought it was amusing.

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Originally Posted by mshattuck
Hey there,
When y'all are gearing up for tour and trying to ride daily do you ride in the rain? Just a little disillusioned here looking at our 10-day forcast and seeing chance for rain every day!! Ugh!

Thanks
Even when riding in a COLD rain and wind--for days--I still enjoy my tour. Except for one thing: soaking wet shoes/socks/feet, causing me to lose considerable body heat through very cold feet. For my upcoming tour (in 2 weeks), I think I'm better prepared. I bought waterproof fleece-lined booties, and fenders. The booties can't keep out the moisture forever, but that's OK as long as my feet don't "freeze." In the event that things really get bad, I now have a fleece "hat" that fits under my helmet, and a helmet cover.

If you're riding all day in the rain, and it's really getting to you, just keep thinking of the warm, dry motel you'll be staying it in the next few hours. Even a cheap, basic, but clean motel after riding in tough conditions all day can make an adventure cyclist feel pampered.

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Originally Posted by David in PA
If you're riding all day in the rain, and it's really getting to you, just keep thinking of the warm, dry motel you'll be staying it in the next few hours. Even a cheap, basic, but clean motel after riding in tough conditions all day can make an adventure cyclist feel pampered.
Here, here! Nothing quite like getting out of wet clothing and laying everything out to dry while you take a nice warm shower.

As for riding in rain it's always the first few drops that bug me. Once it pours it doesn't even matter until my feet get heavily soaked and cold.

One thing you should bring on a tour is a bottle of White Lightning as you'll need to silence any squeaking bike parts after a rain storm.
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I love the pic they use in Performance's catalog for the rain jackets. Not a rain cloud in the sky. Nothing against the jackets quality, and value, I just thought it was amusing.


That is a pretty funny picture, now that you mention it.

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Originally Posted by David in PA
Even when riding in a COLD rain and wind--for days--I still enjoy my tour. Except for one thing: soaking wet shoes/socks/feet, causing me to lose considerable body heat through very cold feet. For my upcoming tour (in 2 weeks), I think I'm better prepared. I bought waterproof fleece-lined booties, and fenders. The booties can't keep out the moisture forever, but that's OK as long as my feet don't "freeze."

David in PA

Even with fenders, consider some type of spray/ mud flap. Particularly for the front as it will keep the water from sraying up on your feet. I'm working on some that can be removed when the road drys out & put back on when it begins to pour. Haven't worked it up to patent level just yet.
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Even when riding in a COLD rain and wind--for days--I still enjoy my tour. Except for one thing: soaking wet shoes/socks/feet, causing me to lose considerable body heat through very cold feet. For my upcoming tour (in 2 weeks), I think I'm better prepared. I bought waterproof fleece-lined booties, and fenders. The booties can't keep out the moisture forever, but that's OK as long as my feet don't "freeze." In the event that things really get bad, I now have a fleece "hat" that fits under my helmet, and a helmet cover.

Get a pair of goretex socks, they work well for keeping feet dry, REI used to sell them. They breathe a bit, so your feet do not get wet from persperation.
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Riding in the rain can be a pleasure when you have worked out what works for you in keeping rain out, and letting sweat out, and keeping gear dry in panniers. Wind above 10mph can make rain riding unpleasant.

Fenders are a real help for short downpours and wet roads. With booties, they become a pretty good defence against cold feet.

A peak/visor on the helmet helps to keep rain off glasses for a while.

But to answer the original question, yes, get out and ride a bit in the rain. You will need to know how your brakes work in the wet with a load on board, too. Naturally lower speeds through corners is a consideration.
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