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Have You Ever Gotten Splashed Badly?

Old 11-30-16, 05:36 PM
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Have You Ever Gotten Splashed Badly?

I'll admit right now that I've never ridden in the winter. New England winters are heartless, especially here in New Hampshire, with narrow streets. Nevertheless, I'm going to take a stab at it this year. Now I have a question for you experienced types. Have any of you been sprayed really bad by a car or truck splashing through a deep slushy puddle? That would curdle my cheese.

What do you guys do to avoid that sort of scenario?
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Deep puddles along the edge of the road are very common around here.

I use two approaches to avoid unwanted showers. If the puddle is along the edge of the road, I move farther into the lane, keeping myself between the traffic and the water. Otherwise, it's a question of timing, check for approaching traffic as you enter the danger zone.

BTW - as we get deeper into winter, puddles are no longer a problem. Cars can drive right over them without splashing.
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Old 11-30-16, 08:57 PM
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In the wintertime I ride in waterproof breathable rain gear, with additional thermal layers underneath. Splashing bothers me about as much as it does any other time of year (well OK, tonight's ride in Boston was pretty damn splashy and wet).
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The last part of my commute takes me across a river overcrossing. The bike lane is separated from traffic by a concrete wall, maybe 3-feet high. Last year I was riding along in the bike lane and a car came by (on the other side of the wall). Well, there must have been a heck of a big puddle on the roadway, because that car threw up one heck of a splash - up and over the concrete wall . . . and onto me. The worst part wasn't getting wet (it was raining pretty hard so I already was wet), but my mouth happened to be open .
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LOL, many times, winter and summer, but more in summer. Regular tidal wave over my head sometimes due to being low on the recumbent. Having your mouth open is the worst, as mentioned. Avoidance is to see the puddle and move outward until your bike is not going through the puddle, and thus anyone passing has no puddle. Sometimes I don't care, if it's really warm out and close to home, but it does make a mess of whatever you are wearing, and your bike, and I hate the grit load on the bike more than washing clothes.
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Moderately - but like the poster above said, I try to make sure everything I'm wearing is reasonably water-proof. After all, you have to expect to get wet, and cold, when out riding in the snow and slush.
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Originally Posted by NoControl View Post
Have any of you been sprayed really bad by a car or truck splashing through a deep slushy puddle? What do you guys do to avoid that sort of scenario?
I did & it was not avoidable. I was passed by a school bus that drenched me with a tsunami from head to toe. fortunately I was dressed for it & did not get wet. sorry I couldn't help
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Most of our really nasty puddles here occur along the edge of the road, so I've fortunately avoided the worst of it by taking the lane.

But late fall and especially early to mid spring are a sludgefest around here. I wear waterproof pants, a breathable waterproof jacket, carry a waterproof messenger bag, use eye protection, and revel in the glory of looking all tough dressed in mud with a touch of road salt and motor oil.
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Old 12-10-16, 04:34 AM
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Originally Posted by NoControl View Post
I'll admit right now that I've never ridden in the winter. New England winters are heartless, especially here in New Hampshire, with narrow streets. Nevertheless, I'm going to take a stab at it this year. Now I have a question for you experienced types. Have any of you been sprayed really bad by a car or truck splashing through a deep slushy puddle? That would curdle my cheese.

What do you guys do to avoid that sort of scenario?
I gather you are north of Keene, New Hampshire? I ask that question because, I lived on the other side of the NH-VT state line in Brattleboro, three times 1970-1983. I wasn't riding a bike as actively then, as I am now. But the winters there are bad. I definitely imagine having been splashed there, had I been on a bike.

I lived in Duluth, Minn., 2002-2007. It was much colder during the winter, than it ever was in Vermont. Yet, I was able to ride my bike without getting splashed.

So, VT was a higher potential for getting splashed.

While MN was colder.
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