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

Postby ni78ck » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:16 am

why not start a thread of "why i hate riding in the rain"
i believe you will have more takers!!! :wink:
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Chanboy » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:42 am

Ha! Valiant attempt at positivity! :-)

I would be hard pressed to say I like riding in the rain. However...

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

... it starts raining after I've started riding. I can't bring up the motivation to head out into the rain when I'm nice and dry.
... it's summer and the rain is not actually cold.
... when I get to work drenched from head to toe, and others are complaining about getting rained on just getting off the bus. I can think HTFU people! (maybe slightly contrary to point 1 :-) though lol )
... once it starts raining in Sydney - traffic comes to a standstill, making riding a bike that much more rewarding :-)
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby The Womble » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:48 am

... My wifes in the house whinging
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I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby sim-o » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:57 am

Rain? What's that? We don't have this concept of "rain" in Perth.
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I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Comedian » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:19 am

Strangely.. I feel really manly and fit looking at my soggy frame :o
Once you can climb hills on a bike it's all downhill. :mrgreen:

Hopefully I'll know what that's like..... one day. :shock: :lol:

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

Postby sogood » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:30 am

ni78ck wrote:why not start a thread of "why i hate riding in the rain"
i believe you will have more takers!!! :wink:

That's the exact reason why the minority of rain ride lovers need these threads to mend their psychiatric complexes. They are not normal! :mrgreen:
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CommuRider » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:31 am

...I can test my rainproof gear.

...I've been out on a really long ride, hot and sweaty on a humid day, and the heavens open to cool me down.

Aside from that, not too many positives of riding in the rain for me. And when it's dark and raining then doubly more negative for me.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby goneriding » Wed Dec 15, 2010 12:51 pm

....I get further ahead on bike journal. I promise that I am not competitive at all. Not for a moment!

Other than that and apart from wet socks, I'm not sitting in a stinking train carriage/bus with all the happy shiny people.

The problem this has created is that when I have to go to meetings in other buildings, and it's raining, I don't bother with an umbrella and turn up wet. Strange looks. Need to work on that one.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Fletcher » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:02 pm

..because my daily ride is a roadie with mudguards, I have just enough wet weather gear and it still beats sitting in traffic. It's still fun, unless you crash.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:18 pm

I like riding in the rain because... I love the hyperspace effect of raindrops in me helmetlight at night, the zizz of tyres on wet tarmac, the Say What looks you get from other peoples as I splash by. 8)

I hate riding in the rain because... Too many other road users don't change their behaviour to compensate for the changed conditions. :roll:
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CommuRider » Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:54 am

...if I were driving in my car, my commute would take twice as long and being inside the sardine can as I drive over potholes and flooded roads would just heighten my stress levels. 8)
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Max » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:51 am

This will sound a bit wanky.. but I like riding in the rain because it puts me more in touch with nature. There, I said it.

I really enjoy summer rain. I love how it can turn a horridly humid ride into a cool, refreshing experience. Winter rain, on the other hand.... well, at least it still puts me in touch with nature. :lol:

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

Postby Fletcher » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:57 am

Max wrote:This will sound a bit wanky.. but I like riding in the rain because it puts me more in touch with nature. There, I said it.

I really enjoy summer rain. I love how it can turn a horridly humid ride into a cool, refreshing experience. Winter rain, on the other hand.... well, at least it still puts me in touch with nature. :lol:

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Channelling the inner hippie hey Max :)

Another think I like about riding in the rain is it sparks the odd interesting conversation at work. It usually begins with something like "You rode to work in THAT weather?" It's then followed by headshakes and gestures indicating they think I must be nucking futs.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CommuRider » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:01 pm

...I will have to.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby CommuRider » Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:02 pm

Fletcher wrote:Another think I like about riding in the rain is it sparks the odd interesting conversation at work. It usually begins with something like "You rode to work in THAT weather?" It's then followed by headshakes and gestures indicating they think I must be nucking futs.


There's a fine line between bravery and foolishness and I'd like to think cyclists riding in the rain tend to fall on the former side :-)
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:50 pm

CommuRider wrote:...I will have to.


You must. If you have mudguards. :wink:
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby idw » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:16 pm

...makes my bike look togh all covered in mud.

and unfortunatly it hasnt been raining near me just flooding
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......It's A Novelty..

Postby Quinns Rocks Roadie » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:13 am

sim-o wrote:Rain? What's that? We don't have this concept of "rain" in Perth.

It did rain here a few weeks ago, and I arrived at work with a thoroughly wet arse ! - half an hour later and me and everything else were bone dry again.

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

Postby grimbo » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:11 am

... it feels like I'm taking on nature at its worst and winning, like a Bear Grylls commuting to his 9-to-5 job.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby Chanboy » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:07 am

If it were like bear Grylls, you would have to make your bike out of paper clips, staples and recycled paper. You should make sure to eat some raw magpies on the way home and drink water from the drain after filtering it through your jersey. :-) :-)
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby trailgumby » Fri Dec 17, 2010 11:19 am

... I like gears that change all by themselves due to grit in the cable housing
... I like not being able to see a darn thing because of glasses that fog up whenever I stop at the traffic lights
... I like tools that don't adjust their driving to the conditions
... I especially like the effect of water on line-marking paint and/or smooth concrete
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby x8pg2qr » Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:47 pm

I like it because it's liberating and something that is not usually done by genpop.

e.g.
I drove my car in the rain. So what who cares.
I flew to New Zealand to jump out of a plane. Wowwhatathrill!
I rode my bicycle in the rain. You crazy.

I like it because if every day is sunny I get lazy: I don't clean my rims, I forget to lube my chain, I don't put my cycling shirt in the wash so it's ready the next day, I might forget to charge my batteries. Rain, night time, cold etc force me to be more disciplined.

Also because I have fenders and wet weather gear, and want to use them.
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby human909 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:21 am

Oxford wrote:......drivers think you're weird as you ride along with a huge smile on our face.

:D :lol:

I definitely agree with this one. I normally avoid riding in the rain because I'm soft. But when I do I love it. Especially the torrential downpour last week in Melbourne. Motorists just look out and think poor you. But I have a bigger smile than they do! :D
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby wombatK » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:54 pm

East coast drenching warrant a thread revival....

- I like riding in the rain because there's no pedestrians on the shared cycleways (especially the little tackers that have no idea which way to jump when you bell them).
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Re: I like riding in the rain because.......

Postby RonK » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:47 pm

Rain is good. I like rain. I like riding in it.

But what I DON'T like is cleaning bikes afterward.
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