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Regardless of what you say...(20 posts)

Regardless of what you say...ClydeTri
Nov 7, 2002 10:04 AM
Riding in the rain is more dangerous, visibility is reduced, stopping distances are increased. Auto accidents increase in adverse weather, so explain to me why bicyle, either independent or with auto's involved, would not increase also. Riding is supposed to be fun and healthy. WHen the risk involved starts increasing, its time to wait til another day...just my two cents.
re: Regardless of what you say...Lactate Junkie
Nov 7, 2002 10:17 AM
So what--what is your point. There are always risks associated with cycling wet or dry--Are we to assume you do not drive in the rain or at night either as the risks are also increased?
so you don't drive, either?mohair_chair
Nov 7, 2002 10:49 AM
You say when the risk involved starts increasing, its time to wait til another day. You also mention how auto accidents increase in bad weather. Logically, you should wait another day to drive.

I doubt that you do....
EXACTLY !!! nmclimbo
Nov 7, 2002 12:00 PM
nm
so you don't drive, either?ClydeTri
Nov 7, 2002 12:39 PM
I drive less in adverse weather....and I dont drive my convertible in rainy weather with the top down :~)
sheesh...do you always use the missionary position also? nmclimbo
Nov 7, 2002 1:21 PM
nm
actually..ClydeTri
Nov 7, 2002 2:03 PM
no, while driving the missionary position is quite dangerous...
Choose your route.MB1
Nov 7, 2002 11:03 AM
Most low traffic roads and ALL MUTs have much less traffic in bad weather. What few autos using these low traffic roads in bad weather tend to be more considerate of bicyclists in the rain or other poor conditions.

There is no requirement for cyclists to use crazy busy roads in bad weather. Unless there are no other alternate routes (you can always use the sidewalks or walk short sections) bad weather is good news for cyclists.

BTW I love riding on Snow Days with my studded tires. It is fun to watch and bypass the snarled traffic on my bicycle.
re: Regardless of what you say...theeatkins
Nov 7, 2002 11:27 AM
My two cents: As in every activity, there is a risk. I try and reduce that risk to an acceptable level and go for it. Whether it be cycling, running, skiing or any other activity. Good luck.
Gary
'Riding is supposed to be...'JS Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2002 11:27 AM
you statement is a reflection of your opinion. riding is different things to different people. if riding in the rain does not suit you, then so be it.

as another poster mentioned, i find that drivers are more aware of and give wider berth to me in poor weather. agree with mb1 also, in that you must carefully choose your route. also when riding in poor weather, one must be even more defensive and wary of traffic and surroundings.

again, though--it's all a matter of perspective. mine differs from yours, as yours differs from others. *IMO*
re: Regardless of what you say...deHonc
Nov 7, 2002 2:37 PM
ClydeTri,

Yep - I couldn't agree more - what I was amazed by was the tone of most of the responces - I mean, is the average age of these people 4? I however do ride in the rain (if its raining) - I have no choice - one just needs to take extra care.

Ride safe everyone,

deHonc
I agree with ClydTri too...UncleMoe
Nov 7, 2002 3:58 PM
based on where I live. There really isn't an easy route that doesn't have traffic, and in San Diego it rains so infrequently people don't know how to drive safely in it. It just isn't worth the increased risk for me.

No that doesn't mean I stop driving my car. Yes I have an increased risk of getting into car accident, but my risk of death is minimal compared to car vs. bike. And risk of car vs. bike increases dramitically in the rain where I live.

When I lived in Connecticut's backwoods I'd ride in anything. People knew how to drive in the rain and snow and the roads were less travelled. I could accept the increased risk because it was less of an increase to me.

Overall, its still a personal choice. Would I call someone crazy for riding in the rain in San Diego? Probably depending on the time of day and what roads they were taking.
Park the bike till next June...I don't think so!LC
Nov 7, 2002 5:20 PM
Here in the Pacific NW the roads won't dry till June if were luckly, some years middle of July! It has been raining steadly all day and there is rain predicted every day for as far out as the weatherman can see. If we wait till it is nice out, it could be a very long time.
Irregardless of what you say re: Regardless of what you say...Ahimsa
Nov 7, 2002 7:12 PM
"singin' in the rain, I'm singin' in the rain...what a glorious feelin', I'm happy again...."

A. (Give my regards to irregardlessness regarding this regardless regard)
puhhlleeaassee....philippec
Nov 8, 2002 1:22 AM
in Europe, if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride at all -- I cannot even imagine any of my friends and/or team-mates even having this discussion.

just my deux centimes (d'euro)!

a+

Philippe
Heh heh heh - good one! nmEager Beagle
Nov 8, 2002 1:25 AM
re: Regardless of what you say...pbraun
Nov 8, 2002 7:12 AM
Don't feed the troll
re: Regardless of what you say...ClydeTri
Nov 8, 2002 7:36 AM
have to result to personal insults? I have posted here and in mtbr for years...my comments were made as a trained safety professional..not as a troll....
So are you serioiusly saying...Eager Beagle
Nov 8, 2002 8:24 AM
as a "trained safety professional" that we ought not to ride in the rain because it's too dangerous?
re: We should inform Lance immediatley NMDERICK
Nov 9, 2002 12:19 AM