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Riding Partially Wet Roads (MB1 and Others)(5 posts)

Riding Partially Wet Roads (MB1 and Others)Fez
Dec 9, 2003 2:36 PM
Since it snowed here, the roads are a mix of bone dry and very wet.

Lets assume when its dry I usually ride a uniform "X" inches inside the right lane marker and hold a very steady line.

But with all the wetness mixed all over the right side of the lane, would you move to the left or right to avoid the wet patches, or do you just plow through them and hold your line?

Even though I always look behind me for traffic, I am leery of going left around a wet patch because I'm afraid I'm going to piss off traffic riding near the center of the lane.

And if I ride to the right of the wet spot, the cars will pass me, spray me, and will more likely hog the entire lane and run me off the road.

These wet patches are pretty long (50 feet length is common), so its not like going around a pothole. Now MB1 for sure has fenders so he won't care about the tire spray and neither do I. Its the loss of traction I am more concerned about.

Any tips?
I look for oncoming traffic.dzrider
Dec 9, 2003 2:47 PM
If there is none, I move left to stay out of puddles. When I see oncoming traffic I move right and get wet. In addition to problems with traction and spray, you can't see pot holes that are covered by puddles. If it's just wet because cars haven't dried the road, I rely on my bigger tires and ride over it most all of the time.
Read "Effective Cycling" by John ForresterMB1
Dec 9, 2003 2:59 PM
His very well stated premise is that since cyclists are legal users of legal vehicles on the roads we have the same rights and responsibilities as other vehicles on the road.

Take the space you are entitled to and need as a vehicle on the roadways and drive (ride) legally and you will be fine.

Of course that means that you don't run lights, ride on sidewalks and all those other nasty things that cyclists do in DC.

Knowing all that I take all the space I need to ride safely including using the left lane and always keep my eye open for those crazed DC drivers.
Read "Effective Cycling" by John ForresterMShaw
Dec 9, 2003 5:41 PM
You need to ride assertively. Mind you that doesn't mean aggressively, just take your rightful spot on the road and don't give in unless you decide to.

I try not to aggravate drivers any more than I have to, BUT if it means riding through wet/nasties and going out into the lane a little further, I go into the lane. Once its safe to get back a little further right, I do.

I also make sure I wave lots when people are nice to me. It seems to help. It certainly doesn't cost anything...

When I'm riding on roads with no bike lane, I usually ride in the spot that the car's right tires usually go or as far to the left as the crud on the side of the road makes me. Cars either see me and miss me, or see me and hit me. So far, knock on wood, all but two of the cars have done the former not the latter. My choice of obnoxiously bright clothing may have some bearing here... "Don't hit me" yellow is one of my favorite colors!

As always, YMMV.

If I can't see what's in it...I'm not riding through it...biknben
Dec 10, 2003 10:36 AM
Wet spot? Are we talking standing water or wet pavement? Like someone already mentioned, puddles often hide potholes. If that may be the case, I'm going around.

Loss of traction? If you are just riding straight down the road, you shouldn't need to be concerned about traction on wet roads. You've got plenty. I was dealing with icy roads this morning. Some of it was unavoidable. I was fine as long as I kept going straight. It's kinda unnerving when the road get strangely smooth all of a sudden. :-)