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Rain, rain, go away...(11 posts)

Rain, rain, go away...PaulCL
Jun 4, 2001 2:21 PM
..its' been a nice April so far this June. Rain for the last 5 days in a row. Rain forecasted for the rest of this week. So bad, that I think I'll ride the rollers in front of OLN tonight. I don't mind riding in the rain if I get caught out there, but I have a problem starting in a downpour. What do you guys do??

On the OLN note, I didn't realize I had it. We don't have any premium channels and since OLN was not in the first, standard, 70 channels, I assumed it wasn't there. But low and behold, OLN is on channel 424, sandwiched in between a couple of hundred premium channels. YEAH!
where do you live, Paul? For some reason, I thought you livedbill
Jun 4, 2001 3:44 PM
in the D.C. area, but no rain here, today.
What cable system? I've looked for OLN; I'm in Arlington. I'll have to look harder.
looking for OLNJoe B.
Jun 4, 2001 3:57 PM
Seems like it's in odd places on alot of people's cable. takes your zip code, let's you choose your provider, and (in my case) shows channels that aren't even on the little card that the cable company gave me.
where do you live, Paul? For some reason, I thought you livedPaulCL
Jun 5, 2001 7:08 AM
I live in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area. Not usually a rainforest, except for the last 3 weeks. The cable is Intermedia digital...I think. Seriously, they have changed their name at least a half dozen times in the last ten years.
Hey Paul . . .Andy
Jun 4, 2001 10:54 PM
How many miles do you have on your Speed Dream Aerolights? I'm getting close to having enough money to finally order a set. Anything new to report about them?
Speed dreamsPaulCL
Jun 5, 2001 7:12 AM
I have just over 1000 miles on them since getting them the end of March. Still as true as the day I recieved them. I have nothing but great things to say about the wheels. The other day, in the rain of course, I threw my old open pro/record wheelset on for the bad weather. I will admit that it may have been my imagination, but I felt like I was pedally up hill with an extra 10 pounds around my gut. Really, it was only another pound spinning around my wheels.

They are worth the money.
ride in itHaiku d'état
Jun 5, 2001 12:22 PM
i've gone from shying away from rainy days to seeking them out. wasn't going to ride last night until the thunder shook the house, then i geared-up and rode into its path. after about 15 minutes, it was a torrential downpour with strong winds and a good decrease in the amount of light; 6:00 pm looked like 8:00. my route is mostly covered by a dense tree canopy, so the rain would subside from time to time, but it would still fall hard from the canopy as the wind rustled the branches overhead. i wore my rain cape, but for the sole purpose of fending off the harder-driven drops. otherwise, without regard to the vent material sewn under the arms and along the ribs, i sweat like a hog under that plastic jacket.

figure if i'm driving 4 hours from home to ride organized events and signing up early for local centuries and other long-distance rides, they are subject to unforseen weather, and i'm not going to cancel for fear of a storm. the best way to get *myself* prepared for bad weather is to ride/train in it. imho. plus, it's fun, like playing in the mud. on the way home last night, down the street, there was a 5-year-old girl on one of those razor-type scooters making her way along the water runoff on the side of the street. all you could see was her right foot and the vertical handle/stem of the scooter, as the rest was submerged. she had an entire-face-sized grin, similar to mine during the downpour earlier.
I love riding in the rain...Kristin
Jun 5, 2001 1:00 PM
Two weeks ago, I rode through a monsoon. It was fun, but only once hypothermia set in. Did you know that tights can hold 30-50 ounces of water? And shoes (depending on the design) can hold up to 6 ounces each? Mine can hold an entire 6. This can be handy if you drink all the water in your bottles. The best part about riding in a cold rain is that you feel very little during a fall. Resembling a super hero, you pick yourself up, muddied and all, and ride off like nothing happened. You hardly notice the gash in your leg. It doesn't gush much because of restricted blood flow to the extremities.

After my initiation into the rainy season, I had an opportunity to ride through a hail storm. If you've not tried this, you're missing out! What a blast!! It feels like an army of small boys pelting you with pea shooters. Plus, hail makes a cool sound as it pings off your helmet.

There's only one down side to rain riding... cleaning worm parts off your bike.
how do ya think....4bykn
Jun 5, 2001 1:08 PM
the worms feel?
Shoe waterLazy
Jun 5, 2001 5:01 PM
Shoe water is also handy for replenishing your sodium levels. Nearly as good as licking the water off your face as it streams down from your helmet pads. Worms can provide a good source of protein if you run out of GU too.

Rain provides all sorts of opportunities. I think some pro rider once said that one of the keys to success was being willing to train when the competition wasn't.
Many Benefits...RainRider
Jun 6, 2001 4:49 PM
...beyond electrolyte enhancing footwear beverages and mealworm protein snacks.

Girls willing to ride in rain (appearently) provide extra motivation for boy's to ride in rain. I somehow missed the memo cancelling our ride last night, but three people showed up anyway. My arrival sealed the deal. (If I go, they'll go too.) The result was a chance to ride with faster, more talented cyclists--who were amazingly nice to let me keep up with them!!! This would not happen on a sunny day. I learned about pacelines and other miscellaneous items. Glad I didn't let wet pavement discourage me from venturing out.

--Nothing Ventured, nothing gained...
---Wounds heal, and scars fade over time...