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When does weather become unbearable?(7 posts)

When does weather become unbearable?funknuggets
Jun 27, 2002 7:23 AM
Just curious, I know many here do not ride in the rain. But what is the worst condition that many of you have ridden in. I think that last night had to be one of my worst. I guess in and of itself, the weather wasn't THAT bad, but from a riding perspective... A number of riders on a group ride braved the oncoming storm with the unrealistic belief that we would either beat the storm and get back before it hit, OR it would miss us entirely. Neither of which happened. Lah de dah, clouds rolled in wind picked up... dust blowing everywhere, nearly taken out by a flying car-sized piece of cardboard, then we turned into the wind... which was the worst part. A 10 mile stretch directly into a 60mph sustained headwind. I bet it looked funny, a bunch of cyclists who typically go 24-27 mph on this stretch struggling to go 12 mph in a paceline. Crazy, then add the pea-sized hail and you have a regular adventure.

To add insult to injury, the sun came out about as soon as we got back to the cars...
when the clothes i have aren't warm enough. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 27, 2002 7:34 AM
when the clothes i have aren't warm enough.pukka
Jun 27, 2002 8:09 AM
but i dont know why i love riding in the rain even as a 15 year old i would get out and train in wet weather,i love it,commuting in the rain sucks on the way to work,its ok on the way home,
btw, my favourite stage race is paris-roubaix
I'm cycling in hellGutterball
Jun 27, 2002 7:54 AM
I live in SW Colorado and it's the worst hell I have ever biked in...The fire sucks! I've ridden my bike all over the world in some crazy winds, Freezing cold, lightning storms, hail and oceans falling from above. Living every day in smoke...waking up with a bloody nose and watery eyes, riding to work and getting out of breath going past my mailbox...All of the good roads are closed due to fire. All of the other roads are full of pissed-off evacuees, yelling and honking at me like I am the root of all of their problems. And they are saying that the fire won't be out until the snow falls (November?).
crouched in gutterGianni
Jun 27, 2002 8:10 AM
Last summer, I had to get off my bike and hide under a metal guardrail on the shoulder as a small flash tornado storm passed by. As soon as it passed, I ran to nearby horse stable for shelter. When I got home I had red welts on my face arms and legs where things had pelted me. I thought that my wife would be worried sick when I got home, but less than 2 miles down the road at home, it had not even rained.
re: No fires, tornadoes or hail, but...Fredrico
Jun 27, 2002 8:27 AM
I was caught in a late winter snow storm 17 miles from home. Fortunately, the snow was really wet. It stuck to my jersey and actually kept me warm.

Another time, in a freezing sleet and rain storm, at night with a headlight. Interesting when hitting torrential runoffs, but I could probably see better than the cars slowly passing.

As far as I can see, the only "unbearable" weather would be well below freezing, in a blinding snowstorm, but who knows? Dress appropriately!
Jun 27, 2002 9:32 AM
When I lived in Las Vegas, anything over 103 deg. mostly kept me off the roads (no, actually the drivers in LV mostly kept me off the roads). I saw it was 113 in Phoenix area yesterday; Whew, that would be a deterent for anything longer than a couple of miles!!

Now that I'm back in coastal CA where we can ride just about every day of the year, ANY weather issue is a good enough excuse to take a day off. But I do love to ride mountain roads in the moderate fog.