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Advice for Riding in the Rain(10 posts)

Advice for Riding in the RainSean OConnor
May 12, 2003 11:16 AM
I live in New England, and we have had an awfully wet spring. I can't stand the windtrainer anymore! Any advice on clothes, technique, etc.? I did get some Conti 4-season tires; are these a better rain tire? Thanks!
Fenders! Plus the goofy-looking solution...Silverback
May 12, 2003 11:22 AM
If you can fit fenders on your bike, they make a huge difference. Another thing I noticed when I visited Seattle last fall was a lot of people riding in ponchos rather than Gore-Tex. With good fenders keeping off the spray, and a poncho on top keeping off the rain, they stayed dry. You hold the poncho out with your hands and air circulates under it so you don't get that clammy feeling.
I never have had noticeable traction problems in the wet, so I just use whatever tires I have on the bike.
Fendes a must, GoreTex is fine for shorter rides.dzrider
May 12, 2003 12:32 PM
I used GoreTex clothes for quite a few years when my commute was less than 3 miles. It kept me warm & dry on a short ride. Longer than that and seepage around the cuffs and collar and sweat soak me pretty thoroughly. On my 9 mile commute I just try to wear enough looser fitting clothes to stay warm when I'm wet.

I use pretty big tires, 700x32on the rear, 700x28 on the front so traction is less of an issue.
Spend an hour searching on this board and componentsMaartin
May 12, 2003 11:23 AM
Tons of great info....
re: Advice for Riding in the RainPEDDLEFOOT
May 12, 2003 11:32 AM
I just bought some 4 Seasons myself and have ridden in some light rain.They seem to do a good job.I haven't noticed any problems.If you're riding in the rain just remember to ride a little slower and take corners a little easier.Also avoid riding on painted lines when they're wet.They can get pretty slippery.Have fun.Sometimes riding in the rain can be alot of fun.
re: Advice for Riding in the RainRJF
May 12, 2003 12:21 PM
If it's warm rain, just put fenders (or at least a rear fender) on your bike and ride. No real magic to riding in the rain. You will get wet, whether it is from rain or sweat so don't worry about trying to stay dry.

If it's cold and rainy, in addition to the fenders get booties for your feet and some good waterproof gloves.

I wouldn't worry about tires or getting too stressed out about fancy equipment. I guess since moving to the NorthWest I have a pretty relaxed view towards riding in the rain. It's no big deal.
Strong Coffeeshamelessgearwhore
May 12, 2003 12:27 PM
Don't laugh . . .RJF
May 12, 2003 1:17 PM
I've scalded myself more than once trying to ride my bike and drink a cup of coffee at the same time. The smallest bump in the road sends that precious brown liquid spilling out of the cup and all over my arm (not to mention the bike). Me? An addict?
Fenders Rock ...IFRider
May 12, 2003 2:11 PM
I am in New Hampshire and yes, it has been rather Seattle like.

One of my rides is setup with fenders. They make a world of difference. Only my feet get wet from road spray and in colder weather I will wear light neoprene booties (you still get wet feet from sweat but it is warmer).

For early season riding when there are potholes, deep puddles and frost heaves, I have a second set of rims (Mavic T22's I think ... Touring rims) with 28mm tires. Falling into a deep pothole without seeing it can ruin the ride real fast.

I also put rain-x on my clear lenses. That helps a lot with rain on the glasses.

For clothing, I avoid rain gear. Gore tex does not breath well enough. I prefer a very repellent shell and warm sythetic layers underneath. Warm when wet works for me. I hear people like wool also. Usually, my heat output keep me reasonably dry.

The big fred tip. In hotels they give out those complimentry shower caps. Thin plastic. Stash this in your saddlebag. Only twice have I been out on long rainy ride where I needed it. When you get really cold, fit it over you helmet and you basically have an insulated cap on. Helps tremendously and looks only mildly dorky.

I really recommend having a second bike setup for rain. It can be a beater or even a nice ride equipped for the task.

Rear fender, maybe front, and rain jacket (nm)macalu
May 13, 2003 4:52 AM