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riding in the rain(12 posts)

riding in the raintad
May 3, 2002 11:50 AM
I have a big century this weekend that I've already pre-registered for. Problem is it looks like rain almost all day. I haven't done much riding in the rain. Give me some tips....what to wear, what to do to my bike, etc. Temps will be in the 60's.
re: riding in the raineschelon
May 3, 2002 12:02 PM
Definitly get some shoe covers that repel water...nothing sucks worse than riding with sloshy feet.
A couple of tips...Gregory Taylor
May 3, 2002 12:16 PM
* Stay off of metal surfaces, like manhole covers, etc. They are like ice when wet.

* Painted surfaces, like lane markers, turn arrows, etc., also get slick when wet.

* Intersections, and the center portions of traffic lanes can get covered with a light coating of oil that drops from cars. They can get REALLY slick when wet.

* Fenders, if you have them.

* Be ready for longer stopping distances. The pads have to squee-gee off the water and crap before they will bite.

* Forget about staying totally dry. For that temp range, I use a windbreaker over my jersey, and tights. Waterproof socks or shoe covers help for a while.
re: riding in the rainGalibier
May 3, 2002 12:21 PM
Sounds like 3-State to me. Here are some tips. (1) If you have a cycling cap, wear it under your helmet. The brim will help keep water off your face. (2) Wear thin socks. (3) I'd wear a short-sleeve jersey, arm warmers, a vest, and knee warmers. Full nylon jackets just trap moisture when I wear them, but you may want to carry one in your pocket -- it could be cold coming off those mountains. (4) Take it slow down hills and through turns. (5) You may want to carry a green scrub pad to clean off your rims and brake pads occasionally.

I hope you get to ride your century -- but if you are talking about 3-State, be warned that riding atop the mountains in a lightning storm is a bad idea.
Let some air out of your tires...OwenMeany
May 3, 2002 12:52 PM
not much, just enough to increase the "contact-patch" by 10%. In wet weather this increase area will help keep you on your bike..
May 3, 2002 3:39 PM
2)See 1
3)Wear wool socks (Sounds crazy to some, but cotton or synths on wet feet suck. Trust me. Smart Wool socks are the best.)
4)Lube that chain.

Good luck, and as mentioned by others watch for manhole covers, paint, etc. And take wet turns a little slower.


May 3, 2002 5:14 PM
Just did a wet century last weekend with some altitude.
Agree get shoe covers, either toe or the whole foot.
I layered 2 socks, 1 thin moisture wicking with a SealSkin Gore tex sock (Sporting Good or Fishing store.) Dry feet are happy feet.
Wear layers, I had bibs and tights, the sun came out for the last 35 miles and I would have roasted. Wear an undershirt (moisture wicking) base layer w/ either a long sleeve or SS w/ arm warmers.
Vest and a rain jacket/ windbreaker (in the pocket) in case it gets BAD. Skull caps are good if its going to be cold as are long fingered gloves. Most body heat is lost at the head, feet and hands so don' t go thin in these places. Bring extra food as staying warm burns more calories. Don't forget to hydrate as you won't feel as thirsty but will dehydrate just the same.
All the riding tips mentioned here were great. Give yourself a little more room in a pace line in case someone else goes down. Also be careful on the descents, I saw two guys almost go down at about 45 when one lost control of the back end.
Als bring some sort of "comfort" food, favorite candy...whatever in case you are miserable and demoralized, you'd be amzed at how a Candy Bar can emotionally pick you up.
and finally bring along your inner Phil Ligget. when it's pouring and you are suffering conjour up his voice narrating you through your own personal Belgian classic.
I had a ball, and was still mid 5's.
Good Luck
don't forget the lemonsWoof the dog
May 4, 2002 12:27 AM
make sure you take at least two lemons with you per 30 miles. Cut them in half and rub them onto your tires as you are riding along, like every 2 minutes. It only took me two broken claws to get good with the back one.


Woof, the un-serious dog.
Woof the dog-why the lemons?Bigburlymtnman
May 4, 2002 6:01 AM
What's the advantage to this? Better traction or something? I'm just wondering, thanks.

Woof the dog-why the lemons?Woof the dog
May 4, 2002 10:52 AM
oh, there was this article by some euro guy (Scottish?) that lemon juice helps make them more sticky in wet weather by cleaning off all the oil. Of course, the effect doesn't last too long I bet. The thread on that could be found in the archives probably some time in Jan. I think racing or general section.

I never tried lemons, but I just thought it would be funny.


Woof, the america's home funniest.
You're gonna get wet.Cartman
May 4, 2002 2:35 PM
No matter what you wear, you will be wet somewhere. I started a 300K brevet last year, and it started pouring about an hour into it. I had a goretex knock off rain coat, leg warmers, gore tex socks, rain cover for helmet, but no rain pants (I got talked out of it by another rider)
At the 90 mile rest / check in point, I dumped about a cup of water from each sock (water running down my legs filled the socks) The jacket worked great in keeping me dry, but the hills in Conn., and the cold wet weather killed my knees. I wished I had at least tried the pants. I finished 139 miles, and called the SAG wagon, my knees were shot. The good news for you is that you only have 100 miles.
re: riding in the rainbm
May 4, 2002 5:54 PM
wouldn't recommend riding in the rain, but i guess sometimes u just have to.

anyway, just wanted to give another tip. read recently in a bicycling magazine guide, that when riding downhill in rain squeeze your brakes a little to keep the rims dry. that way you could stop when you needed to (and that would be nice)