I like riding in the rain because.......

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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby elStado » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:30 pm

..I've got a kick-a bike that doesn't care about no rain!
..there's less fair-weather d-bags around clogging up the paths.
..people think that I am crazy, which only adds to my allure. 8)
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby clackers » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:06 pm

twizzle wrote:I see lots of posts about "wet weather gear". Apart from mudguards to keep the mud off the derrière and shoes, what else could you have? It's just water, after all, kind of like sweat but doesn't leave the jersey smelling so bad.


Sent from my iThingy...


Well, being soaked in sweat isn't comfortable, either.

But if there's a shower waiting for me at the end, I don't mind.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby queequeg » Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:52 pm

clackers wrote:
twizzle wrote:I see lots of posts about "wet weather gear". Apart from mudguards to keep the mud off the derrière and shoes, what else could you have? It's just water, after all, kind of like sweat but doesn't leave the jersey smelling so bad.


Sent from my iThingy...


Well, being soaked in sweat isn't comfortable, either.

But if there's a shower waiting for me at the end, I don't mind.


I keep it simple. In the heat of summer, just shoe covers to keep the water out.

In cooler weather, shoe covers plus goretex helmet cover, waterproof gloves, waterproof vest or full jacket, and some "rain legs". Most important thing in winter is staying warm. Yes, you sweat like crazy under a waterproof jacket, but you do stay toasty warm.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby outnabike » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:02 pm

I have all the mod cons.........1930
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby LugNut » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:34 pm

Ha, I actually do like riding in the rain nowadays. Warm clothes, full mudguards, wide grippy tyres, low gearing, and a Carradice rain cape, and it's actually pleasant.
Downside is that you can't help radiating wet weather induced smugness due to being so completely sensible and prepared, every sopping wet cyclists with a mud streak up their back will scowl as you cruise by. But why Bear Grylls it when you can Grant Peterson it!
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby KonaCommuter » Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:16 pm

I made this because I had this song going through my head whilst riding in the rain :P


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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby ColinOldnCranky » Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:17 am

Rain? I rode home on THursday as I always do - around 15km and 90 minutes. FOr half the trip it drizzled.

Being Perth it was not cold, it was not windy and I returned home with a slightly damp but body-temperature singlet. Rain is a lot like that in Perth (when we actually get any).
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby pacra » Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:14 pm

I don't mind the riding in the rain bit.

The three things I do hate are:
The first five minutes as you get wet and your shoes fill with water
Trying to peel your socks off
Getting that greasy black road grime from your ankles to your knees off
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Rhubarb » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:43 pm

... I've got a velomobile ... :mrgreen:

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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Summernight » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:16 am

Rhubarb wrote:... I've got a velomobile ... :mrgreen:



Very entertaining. We all do the embarrassing faces. :D
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby __PG__ » Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:46 am

Good things about the rain are the lack of traffic on the bike paths and it's easy to get a bike rack at work.

Bad things are your socks getting wet from the top down. Maybe I need to buy some gaiter-like contraption?
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby higdawg » Fri May 10, 2013 1:40 am

you get to work and everyone thinks you are completely hardcore. the weather we have had recently in WA has had my workmates thinking I am some kind of superhero
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Dropbear20 » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:45 pm

I like riding in the rain because:
- my bike is built for it
- the temp is constantly above 30 so rain is a relief
- the bus takes an extra half an hour if it rains

Colleague at work: "It rained today, did you ride?"
Me: "Yes"
"What do you do when it rains?"
"I get wet."
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby eldavo » Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:51 pm

higdawg wrote:you get to work and everyone thinks you are completely hardcore. the weather we have had recently in WA has had my workmates thinking I am some kind of superhero

I did a big back pedal coaster brake skid in front of two colleagues leaving their carpark in the rain, big thumbs up with my free right hand, great work I thought, however I don't get the impression they think I'm hardcore. I probably shouldn't have rung my bell to get their attention first =P
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Thrilloilogy » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:12 pm

Summernight wrote:EDIT: It makes me smile when I see the cyclist in front of me with the huge mud GT stripe on his pants due to lack of mudguards. :twisted:


I prefer the stripe to the look of mudguards on a bike. The stripe washes out, the mudguards are there to stay!
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby eldavo » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:05 am

I like riding big waves thanks to localised flooding.
Shame nobody else was around to ride the tubes!
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CXCommuter » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:15 am

pacra wrote:I don't mind the riding in the rain bit.

The three things I do hate are:
The first five minutes as you get wet and your shoes fill with water
Trying to peel your socks off
Getting that greasy black road grime from your ankles to your knees off


Try a fourth-
Putting those same damp clothes back on for the ride home
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby MattyK » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:22 am

So I fitted new mudguards on the weekend - did that make me responsible for Melbourne's rain last night? Oh well, they worked well. Also got to test the waterproofness of the new Ortliebs :D
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby ball bearing » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:38 am

I am just about to ride my newly-built wet weather bike on this wet and showery day. I am excited to have a rain bike again. Dual suspension, odd tube shapes, no mounting bosses, and tight wheel clearances make most modern bikes mudguard free zones.

I had to buy more tools to build this bike - tapered headtube, BB90, tubeless tyres. I found that having to tape the rims was a bit of a pain. The first go felt really bad, but the tyre held pressure, no worries. The second was a bitch. The tape somehow split halfway through the job. Then, just as I was finishing up the second go my fingernail caught the tape and cut it. Now I only have enough for one more try - success! The tape had only 10mm to spare.

The mudguards were the most difficult things to install. Rainrunner brand guards are really nicely made fenders but the rear stays are too short. I ended up slipping the eye of the rearmost stays through the next stay and slid the ends up to effectively lengthen them. I then used zip ties and bodged it together. The front guard is also bodged to the shockie. Wrapping the fork with a cut inner tube and using an 8mm zip tie with 4mm zips to bind it all together works better than I thought it would.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CW83 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:37 am

I like suffering.
This is a gratuitous and hard to read sentence that gets added to the end of my posts.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Crunched » Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:55 am

I honestly don't mind riding in the rain up here in Brisbane, it's only that my backpack gets soaked if I'm not prepared for it. If I'm prepared, no probs - and keeps me a bit cooler in the summer months.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Timeonabike » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:47 pm

Well, since I park in the bike rack - which is undercover but in close proximity to the fabrication department of my work - it washes the dust off. Like it did today.
Plus, it pays to see the surprised looks on people in cars (which sadly adds to the danger, but anyway) who literally don't expect anyone to be riding a bike in the rain.
If only they knew what the Dutchies got up to..

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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Clownshoes » Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:03 pm

Christina Brinkmann wrote:I like it when I am wet.


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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby rabbit stew » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:34 pm

The adrenalin kicks in as its all so much more dangerous, cars battling to see out of their windscreens, hoons lighting up their cars on the wet roads, my brakes take longer to engage, the rain hinders my vision. Its just awesome.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby ldrcycles » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:35 pm

Rhubarb wrote:... I've got a velomobile ... :mrgreen:



So jealous :evil: .
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