Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Erm...because after I spend all that time cleaning the bike afterwards, its nice and shiny...till the next wet ride
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Not so much a cyclist...more of a sit down comedian
See Rule #9
Sriously? I have no idea why I like it.... just do. Even like driving in the rain. As for cleaning... I was talking to a riding buddy who told me he hated riding in the rain due to all the clean up required after.
Very confused I asked what his cleanup was since mine is " Put bike in garage, hang shoes/gloves/helmet up to dry on the rack next to the bike (where they live regardless of being wet or dry) and go inside for a shower". The chain gets a lube before the next ride (only ever a day or so away) and bike gets a bath once a month or so.
I honestly can't see the point in washing the bike after each wet ride which is what he does. This involves removing the saddle bag (Rule #29-31)/lights then hose/wash/hose/dry bike. Strip shoes, wash and hang to dry and a bunch of other stuff. It's just water with a little dirt.... just let the stuff dry and get a cup of coffee. He doesn't go to that extreame after a long summer ride when the bike is covered in sweat!
I normally have the bike paths to myself.
But saying that will happen in Feb anyways when all the fair weather riders hang up there bikes till next summer.
But most of all the look the fact that any type of weather i LOVE riding my bikes and hate public transport.
I love the rules,
// If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.
The blokes who wrote these rules are tough riders alright.
I like riding in the rain, adding the right mudguards and training myself to keep a spare set of socks in the office turned it from a feat of trailblazery into an unexpected pleasure. I like how it smells and tastes (yes, that's me with my tongue out). I like how there are so few pedestrians and the ones you do see tend to be compos-mentis and predictable. Less fun when combined with driving wind though (but more impressive!).
I especially like how colleagues go wide-eyed and back slowly away when they realise that yes, that's right, I voluntarily rode in the rain.
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+1 for lizzy, particulary when is its predawn and CEO of multinational company your work gets in the lift, asks how your ride was (expecting a negative answer) and you turn around beaming but dripping wet saying it was good fun. CEO responds with "your crazy" and I respond yes yes I am.
I love it because all the pedestrians and other bike riders are hiding inside! I get a clear run.
And a little bit of water doesn't hurt anyone, does it? Heavy cross winds on the other hand, forget it. Those aren't fun with the wheels I've got on my bike.
Haha - awesome!
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...I'd get just as wet walking/waiting for the bus/train/ferry as I do riding.
What I don't like is getting so wet on the way in that my riding clothes (and shoes) don't dry during the day and I have to put them on wet again to ride home at night....eeeuurrgh
For commuting in pouring rain I do wear "breathable" overpants and jacket, along with neoprene booties and a goretex beanie thing from Kathmandu.
They have to dry off rather than the clothes and shoes.
Last edited by clackers on Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
Yes, but only if I've got my mudguards and water-proof overshoes and stuff on so that everything is fairly dry after a full day's work so I can ride home again in dry enough gear. There was one day when I first started commuting where I didn't have overshoes and it was torrential Melbourne rain. It took 3 days for my cycling shoes to dry properly. I got overshoes after that...
And I also like the lack of other pedestrians or cyclists although I have noticed that car drivers are worse in the rain so I have to be extra cautious at that time as they drive as if it is dry without regard to anyone else around.
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.
usually when that happens, the CEO has just come off the water after rowing. Our CEO is a world masters rowing champion so he is of similar mind to us crazy early morning all weather cyclists!
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...... it is better than not riding.
Like a few others here riding is fun all the time so why let a little water stop us. Also on work days it is the only time I get peace and relaxation during my day - so why miss out even if Mrs Westab can drop me off (and pick me up). The best time I find to think, hum, wistle, sing, & many other things is on the bike - far to important to not do it just because of the rain.
Not fast, no style, but still get there.
If/when you get caught unprepared, stuffing them afterwards with newspaper cuts down the time they're unusable. Some would say that's the only thing you should do with the Herald-Sun.
My parrot would beg to differ - the feral hun is perfect as a cage liner
Do you do a good Gene Kelly impersonation - sans umbrella of course ?
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anyone got tips on how to dodge the lightening???
Dont mind the water, but looks like my ride home today will involve some ugly stuff....oh well first day of Feb, guess the good weather had to stop sometime
Stay near buildings and trees larger than you and keep your head down? You are on rubber tyres, which should be insulating so hopefully the lightning won't find a earthing point through you... At least, that's what I hope.
I cycled to work in a thunderstorm once - I was getting a bit concerned as the lightning was getting quite close - lucky for me I had trees and big buildings nearby. I kept cycling. And it was raining too. I survived. XP
Thank you. We don't buy or use those real-life newspaper thingys at home -online all the way. However I will probably steal yesterday's Fin Review from work if needed.
hahaha I have decided to aim up for two strava KOM's actually....wind is going my way so will give it a crack despite feeling knackered
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