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riding safely in the rain?(11 posts)

riding safely in the rain?Becky
May 21, 2003 10:08 AM
Well, this lousy East Coast weather shows no signs of improving any time soon. The current forecast calls for a week of rain and, while that's an improvement over last year's drought, there's no way that I can forego riding another weekend in deference to the rain.
I've never ridden in the rain (aside from those "racing home to beat the storm" rides). What do I need to make a ride in the rain safe and maybe even comfortable?
Thanks in advance!

Becky
Comfortable.........hardly_____Safe......yes...MR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 10:39 AM
Get a cheap clear plastic rain jacket, that you can roll up and keep in a jersey pocket. Be aware that cars are going to have a harder time seeing you, so ride smart. Don't ride a double paceline, Don't run stopsigns, Don't ride like an idiot.
you just touched on one of my all-time pet peeves....Becky
May 21, 2003 10:49 AM
....people who run stop signs and ride like idiots. D@mn fools just make it more dangerous for the rest of us. Anyway, I don't blow red lights and stop signs, so that's taken care of. What about increasing visibility- maybe a reflective vest or something or is that just overkill?
A strobe tail light would help alot.........nmMR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 11:03 AM
Reflective vest and lightsvindicator
May 21, 2003 11:13 AM
When I ride in the rain, I usually throw one of those "highway worker" style orange vests with reflective strips on over whatever else I'm wearing. Depending on conditions, I often also use a rear "blinkie" and a front headlight. It's never overkill when the alternative is getting squashed by a Hummer.

The other key to me if it's coming down fairly hard is some kind of waterproof shoe cover. I don't mind getting soaked to the bone over most of my body, but I don't like wet feet inside of wet socks inside of wet shoes...
couple of other thingsabicirider
May 21, 2003 11:08 AM
remember your brake pads and rims are going to be wet so plan ahead start braking way ahead of time than you do in dry conditions.
dont take corners fast your tires will slide right out from underneath you no matter how good of a bike handler you are.
also if you are riding on the shoulder of the road the white painted line(shoulder line) gets real slipper in the rain ride either on the outside or inside of the line dont ride the white line.
I know you are looking for a new bike but if you have a fixe or beater bike rain is the time tio ride it.
Make sure you wipe down lube all componetts on your bike after ride.
last you may want to lower your tire pressure bite in the wet weather better traction.
Just take it slow keep extra alert of the surroundings around you and most important have fun and enjoy be able to ride thats what it is all about.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Another thing to watch out for;KG 361
May 21, 2003 12:18 PM
Since you live on the East Coast, you may come across those nasty metal grate bridges. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL IF THESE ARE WET! They are like ice when wet and believe me, I am not above getting off and walking across those when it's wet-I've seen too many people mangled on them.
Another thing to watch out for;r-kelley
May 22, 2003 5:44 AM
I second this advice. I hit one at 20mph once and thought my life was over. Go really slow or walk these. I have yet to recover mentally from my experience and still get nervous going over them even when they are dry now.
HRK
One more thingMR_GRUMPY
May 21, 2003 11:22 AM
A rear fender that attaches to your seat post with a QR. is great also. I find the shoe covers don't help too much, because the water runs down your leg, into the sox. You have to be careful with the safty vest. You don't want to venture too far into Geekdom. Sometimes image is more important than safety.
re: riding safely in the rain?MWM
May 21, 2003 1:01 PM
I stay off busy roads when it's raining and stick with bikepaths. A gore-tex jacket is OK for casual rides but gets pretty humid for fitness riding. I generally don't worry about getting wet as it's going to happen anyway. I have an old bike equipped with fenders just for wet rides (and pulling a burley). I try to dry it off when I'm done and always lube it after it dries out. I'll ride when it's cold and dry or when it's warm and raining but I don't do cold and rain together. Cold to me is anything under 50°.
re: riding safely in the rain?pherret
May 21, 2003 1:05 PM
don't wear cotton socks. Wear coolmax if possible. Cotton will give the squishy feel when wet and can chafe when drying. Most people will have the cycling shorts and jerseys, but forget the socks. Also if I have to hit a big water puddle, I don't go through it turing/leaning to one side. Try to hit them at a straight angle.

Pherret
Atlanta, Ga