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Old 04-28-19, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
.... Get a decent rain jacket and you're all set.
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And if cool, rain pants, full finger gloves, helmet cover, perhaps shoe covers, etc. Wrap around glasses that are not darkly tinted sunglasses can be nice too, perhaps with a yellow tint?

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Originally Posted by botty kayer View Post
you don't go round the puddles, you barrel straight through them, grinning like a fool and making big rooster tails from your back wheel, and all of a sudden I'm 8 years old again.
This! A thousand times this!

Best lesson I ever learned.
Mind you it helps if it's not freezing!
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Old 04-29-19, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
And if cool, rain pants, full finger gloves, helmet cover, perhaps shoe covers, etc. Wrap around glasses that are not darkly tinted sunglasses can be nice too, perhaps with a yellow tint?
thats how I am always prepared, but hey, lets face it, it still is pretty crappy for a planned trip to have mother nature decide to put in a whole bunch of junky weather.

last summer, we were very lucky with a month long trip, in the 2 or 3 weeks before the start, the weather had been rain rain rain, cold and more rain. Even causing flooding, but thankfully it finally ended and it was only cold for the first week or so.

realistically, if it had been like that for our planned time, I would have looked into just arriving anyway and taking a train to more southern France, but given we had flights booked etc, theres more incentive to come up with a solution because we would be going to Europe nonetheless.

Ive always had the view also that if crappy weather is really an issue, you just improvise and go somewhere else, the internet is such a handy tool for all of this stuff , especially for just having a such more accurate idea of current and upcoming weather, not to mention being able to find train schedules etc etc.
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Old 04-29-19, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
The question is; how to deal with this disappointment and not to take it out on somebody, something, somewhere, somehow?
Adolescent troll..

If you're not an adolescent, nor a troll..then act like it.

Or, as other have suggested, seek counseling.
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Old 04-29-19, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by fishboat View Post
Adolescent troll..

If you're not an adolescent, nor a troll..then act like it.

Or, as other have suggested, seek counseling.
Thanks, that is so productive. Is this your alt ID when you decide to be rude?
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
Thanks, that is so productive. Is this your alt ID when you decide to be rude?
Nope..it's the only ID I have..and used for helpful reality checks.

Key up another for the ignore list..bye..
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Old 04-29-19, 12:57 PM
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It could be worse...

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Old 04-29-19, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by botty kayer View Post
As someone who lives in the UK, riding in 'bad' weather in ingrained in our DNA because if we didn't do it, we wouldn't ride much. Its all about the attitude. The chances of the weather gods aligning with our time off is slim, our weathermen are apologetic that the weekend weather is crap, after its been lovely all week while we've been at work. Its Sods law.

Alternatively do what most Brits do, save up and go to another country on holiday, as our weather can't be trusted
UK has the rainy reputation but Washington DC average annual rainfall of of 102cm/40" is only a bit less than Cardiff Wales' 115cm/45" & quite more than London. & 2018 poured 160cm/63" on DC. & Wash DC is hardly the rainiest city in eastern US. OTOH UK generally has more rainy days though.
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As many other cyclists in upstate NY and surrounding environs have observed, rainy weather has been steadily on the increase here and dry, sunny days are becoming less & less frequent. Last summer was almost a complete bust. This observation is supported by the meteorologists, many of whom blame climate change and a warming north Atlantic. I don't get angry at those around me, but I do find myself considering relocation to someplace where I can expect more than one or two fair weather biking days per week.
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Old 04-30-19, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
So, today is Friday. I was supposed to be half way through my 10 day tour that I had planned months ago. Had to choose this week because of work, but was ready and willing none the less.
Then as depart day got closer I started watching the weather forecast and it was not too bad. As d-day got closer, the forecast got worse and worse, until the day before depart, it was calling for storms everyday for the next 5 days. Decided to hold off to see any improvements.
The forecast was correct, it has rained like nobody's business.
Still cloudy and rain, but need to get something done.
The question is; how to deal with this disappointment and not to take it out on somebody, something, somewhere, somehow?

I guess that is the way it rolls when you love an outdoor sport.
It it has been said you need to seek counseling I would be upset as well after planning for a period of time then the weather doesn’t cooperate I realize you are not seriously going to harm somebody Jeeez. I have had many fishing trips ruined by weather and it is disappointed. I planned on a good week of training and the forecast calls for rain everyday that is just how it goes sometimes.
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Old 04-30-19, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by hfbill View Post
As many other cyclists in upstate NY and surrounding environs have observed, rainy weather has been steadily on the increase here and dry, sunny days are becoming less & less frequent. Last summer was almost a complete bust. This observation is supported by the meteorologists, many of whom blame climate change and a warming north Atlantic. I don't get angry at those around me, but I do find myself considering relocation to someplace where I can expect more than one or two fair weather biking days per week.
In DC area the 2019 spring weather has been quite nice, avg rain, so maybe upstate NY will dry up a bit in a while. I used to live out west, all those sunny days got boring after a while, heh.
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Old 05-01-19, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by DropBarFan View Post
In DC area the 2019 spring weather has been quite nice, avg rain, so maybe upstate NY will dry up a bit in a while. I used to live out west, all those sunny days got boring after a while, heh.
I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring and the forecast for the next week isn't very good. The observations I mentioned concerned a trend that's been in place for the last few years, and appears to be getting worse. I don't think I could ever get tired of sunny days, but of course, some rain is necessary for foliage and water supplies etc. Thanks for your optimism though!
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Old 05-01-19, 10:25 PM
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Of the 12 days, I was home, 3 days did not rain. Not a complete failure, I did some MTB, hiking and saw some family and friends, so not a complete waste.
Let's hope the next planned trip pans out.
Thanks for the input.

And if anyone needs some advice on what to do on a rainy day...
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Old 05-02-19, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
It it has been said you need to seek counseling I would be upset as well after planning for a period of time then the weather doesn’t cooperate I realize you are not seriously going to harm somebody Jeeez. I have had many fishing trips ruined by weather and it is disappointed. I planned on a good week of training and the forecast calls for rain everyday that is just how it goes sometimes.
The odd part about some of the comments is that people haven't been employed in a climate that can actually (a) reduce the ability to work to nothing for the entire day or longer, and (b) mean no money payable to someone who is casually employed and unable to work.

Having spent over a decade in the farming industry and/or working in the outdoors, I have a fair clue about what I say. Let alone the couple years I created and ran a bicycle hire and tour business.

I am glad you have mentioned the fishing trips, too. Wind and rain together or separate can be downturns for that.

Organising a bike tour and being confronted by bad weather can be challenging without a doubt. But is handy to plan it with some challenge like that in mind. Often places to be visited have other things that can be explored or done without riding, and it is a useful way meet new people, have a chat for a while, and find something to do with them indoors.
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there are various ways to approach rainy forecast. As others suggested, grab your internet device and research where the good weather is and head that way.

.... or instead of camping, spend a few extra dollars, maybe shorten your daily distance and arrive every day in a nice warm hotel with hot tubs and sauna etc ....


.... or invest in a good rain gear, good tent for rainy days (hilleberg) and head out laughing at the gods ;-
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Old 05-02-19, 08:43 AM
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The odd part about some of the comments is that people haven't been employed in a climate that can actually (a) reduce the ability to work to nothing for the entire day or longer, and (b) mean no money payable to someone who is casually employed and unable to work.

Having spent over a decade in the farming industry and/or working in the outdoors, I have a fair clue about what I say. Let alone the couple years I created and ran a bicycle hire and tour business.

I am glad you have mentioned the fishing trips, too. Wind and rain together or separate can be downturns for that.

Organising a bike tour and being confronted by bad weather can be challenging without a doubt. But is handy to plan it with some challenge like that in mind. Often places to be visited have other things that can be explored or done without riding, and it is a useful way meet new people, have a chat for a while, and find something to do with them indoors.
Yes, when it rains the grass will grow and that is free food for my cows. Agriculture people around here will sit in the barn and swill beer when weather won’t allow work. I guess you can say that is a form of socializing The downside is 2 days worth a pay a week because the other 4 were unproductive due to weather.
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Old 05-02-19, 07:45 PM
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I hope so, but so far it's been a rainy spring and the forecast for the next week isn't very good. The observations I mentioned concerned a trend that's been in place for the last few years, and appears to be getting worse. I don't think I could ever get tired of sunny days, but of course, some rain is necessary for foliage and water supplies etc. Thanks for your optimism though!
Perhaps I spoke too soon, today starts a rainy week here & what's most unsettling is the south wind which was near constant last year, full of Gulf moisture. Plus, up north the Great Lakes add in their contribution. OTOH prev to 2018 the last really damp summer in DC area was ~15 years ago, drought has been more common here.

Out west you get all that sun glare when commuting, ya' can't wash your car or water the lawn, skin & hair get dry, can't cook when camping, goat's-head thorns etc. Fewer roads so local routes can get boring.
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
The odd part about some of the comments is that people haven't been employed in a climate that can actually (a) reduce the ability to work to nothing for the entire day or longer, and (b) mean no money payable to someone who is casually employed and unable to work.

Having spent over a decade in the farming industry and/or working in the outdoors, I have a fair clue about what I say. Let alone the couple years I created and ran a bicycle hire and tour business.

I am glad you have mentioned the fishing trips, too. Wind and rain together or separate can be downturns for that.

Organising a bike tour and being confronted by bad weather can be challenging without a doubt. But is handy to plan it with some challenge like that in mind. Often places to be visited have other things that can be explored or done without riding, and it is a useful way meet new people, have a chat for a while, and find something to do with them indoors.
Good point. In super-rainy 2018 the local DC media gave little coverage to the effect on agriculture, construction & tourist business. At the end of the season they claimed the local beach business hadn't been that bad but I'm not sure that was really true.
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Old 05-20-19, 09:54 PM
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In case anyone is wondering; it is still raining. Record rain fall for the month of May.
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I feel now would be a good time to repost this picture from a September trip that I had hoped would see an Indian summer but caught the remnants of a tropical hurricane instead:

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We had snow last week.
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We had snow last week.
We had hail yesterday. 😛😉 I forgot about this thread, and started another one (largely ignored). The sun's out now, I'm going for a ride. 😎
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In case anyone is wondering; it is still raining. Record rain fall for the month of May.

Well you can watch the Giro on tv (US folks gotta pay extra price to see). Rain has caused a lot of problems for the race, IMHO the old June Giro made more sense. Plus for rainy days they should mandate 38mm-wide tires & fenders, safer & cleaner!
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Honestly, I get upset at myself and the situation whenever I can't go out and ride. The last big ride event I was supposed to go on was a double-whammy. It got rained out but, even if it didn't, I hurt my back. No way would I have been able to ride 60+ miles with a hurt back. I was definitely upset.

What helps in times like that? Meditation. Simply taking some time to just breathe and be in the moment. Yes, things will happen that will cause you to be unable to ride your bike...but there will be other days. Just be in the present moment and understand that. Be aware of your frustration and anger and just let it pass. I know that sound like a bunch of BS but, honestly, it's as real as it gets. When in doubt, get Zen with it!
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I had to cut a trip in northern WI last month for snow scares/ice remnants. In its stead I went to southern MN and dealt with rain for 2/3 days. This year I'm just shrugging off the rain riding because otherwise there'd be no riding at all.
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