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Farmlands Flat Century - rain and cold - any suggestions?(12 posts)

Farmlands Flat Century - rain and cold - any suggestions?humbert
May 1, 2003 6:54 AM
This Saturday's Farmlands century in central NJ is predicted to take place in "showers" with temps of low 40s to low 60s. My prep will include poncho, glad bags for stuff in seat pack, plastic over the Filght Deck ( rain knocked out the contacts once before ) and a plastic folder for the cue sheet. I luckily still have Gatorskin 25s on from the winter and I think these may help traction a little. Will avoid the whitelines. Any other thoughts on keeping warm, finishing without problems would be appreciated.
cycling cap under helmet, clear glasses, wool socks, fenders nmJS Haiku Shop
May 1, 2003 7:03 AM
yes, and spray cap with Scotchguard, too nmDougSloan
May 1, 2003 7:25 AM
yep, that works great. scotchguard seatpack, too. nmJS Haiku Shop
May 1, 2003 7:26 AM
I am hoping to do it too...biknben
May 1, 2003 7:14 AM
Since my "Incident" the other day I'm hoping my shoulder is feeling well enough to ride. I have time constraints that won't allow me to do the century but wanted to at least get the cue sheet for a later date. I was thinking I would do one of the shorter routes on Sat.

I'm keeping an eye on the weather. It's a little early to tell. Temps look like they will hover in the low 50s all day so starting later won't make you any warmer. I'd add some type of hat or skull cap to your gear just in case it's chilly. If it's raining, I prefer to wear a cycling cap, the ones with the small visor. They help to keep the rain out of your face.

Zip-Lok bags are great for gear in packs and cue sheets.

I'll let you know if I plan to go on Friday.
Low 40's, wet, is kind of cold, but 60's, wet, is no big deal atbill
May 1, 2003 7:15 AM
all. Those twenty degrees cover a lot of clothing ground. It depends a little on your exertion level, but I wouldn't bother with the poncho. You'll be sweating so much underneath it that you won't know whether you're drenched in sweat or rain, only it will be sweat, depleting your body's resources. Just wear lots of layers, and take them off as you and the day warm up.
For that ride, I probably would wear a base layer, maybe even two, a sleeveless and/or a sleeved, either a long sleeve jersey or even a regular jersey with arm warmers, maybe a vest and/or a windbreaker. Probably tights, although shorts and leg warmers would be fine. That will be toasty warm, and you'll need to shed a lot of those layers over the day.
Definitely wool socks, too.
Forget the poncho, get a cheap rain cape.MR_GRUMPY
May 1, 2003 7:42 AM
Shoe covers won't keep your feet dry, but they will keep them warmer.
May 1, 2003 7:43 AM
You've probably already got 'em ready to go, but if the weather is in the 40s with showers, having some neoprene booties on your feet will help a lot. Five to six months of the year I live in weather best described as "40s with showers," and the booties are the one piece of cycling gear that does the most towards increasing comfort on the bike.

Good luck and have fun.
May 1, 2003 12:53 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. The Scotchguard idea sounds good and I thought about removable layers too since its now due to rain for only about the first 2 hours or so. Biknben - hope you can make it.
I'll be there...biknben
May 2, 2003 7:53 AM
I'm just doing the 50 miler. Shoulder is still sore and I have time constraints. I hope to start by 9:00-9:30. I'll be riding my black/red Surly fixed gear with fenders.

Let me know what you're riding and I'll look out for you.
I'll be there...humbert
May 2, 2003 8:25 AM
I'm riding a Klein Quantum, purple fade, with bright blue bar wrap. My buddy is riding a blue Giordana with an old Record setup with downtube shifters. We are leaving around 7:00am. I will be on the lookout.
my strategy: pack it in, wait for Pinelands Triple LoopDaveG
May 1, 2003 5:25 PM
I thought about doing the Farmlands but I don't have what it takes to ride for 6 hours in the rain. Recommend taking along a couple of GU's - they can get you through some tough spots. Best of luck