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Riding in the rain, can I?

sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
edited July 2009 in Road beginners
Guys, really quick question - can I ride in the rain?
1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
1997 - Specialized Hardrock
2003 - Specialized FSR XC
2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
2009 - Giant Defy 3
2010 - Voodoo Wanga
2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105

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  • no. You will dissolve.
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I don't know, are you the wicked witch of the west? Do you have rabies? 8)

    There is no reason not to ride in the rain other than to avoid getting wet, you're bike will be fine, although i'm not sure about bamboo bikes...
  • pompeypoppypompeypoppy Posts: 182
    Ride in it man!

    Been out a few times recently and teh only difference is that I nee dto go steadier on the brakes. I'm combating that by getting on the drops more (I feel I have greater breaking control) and considering upgrading my brake pads to Kool Stop or similar.
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    No you can't. If you have to ask, you're not up to it.
  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    sirlylos wrote:
    Guys, really quick question - can I ride in the rain?

    Only if it's raining.
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    sirlylos wrote:
    Guys, really quick question - can I ride in the rain?

    only you can answer that question...

    I did an hour in warm, heavy rain yesterday evening - fantastic....
  • blu3catblu3cat Posts: 1,016
    although if you are wearing wool, and it is warm rain (40 degrees plus), according to the label, your clothes may experience some shrinkage. :roll:

    Yep of course, often do on the commute. Unless your bike is pure magnesium, when you may experience a strange burning sensation.....
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  • pompeypoppypompeypoppy Posts: 182
    but would be better than potassium
  • shane515shane515 Posts: 139
    sirlylos wrote:
    Guys, really quick question - can I ride in the rain?

    only if you are outdoors :wink:
  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • MikeWWMikeWW Posts: 723
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....

    Just be careful on grates/white lines etc otherwise its OK
    Think for some its more to do with not wanting to get their bikes wet :roll:
  • MoanerMoaner Posts: 117
    It's OK - you don't need anyone's permission
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....

    They're probably just a little gaye - check their ipods for Diana Ross.
    Cycling weakly
  • FSR_XCFSR_XC Posts: 2,258
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....

    That's 'cause they don't wanna get their bike wet.

    As mentioned - white lines, grids, manhole covers etc get very slippery. Braking takes a little longer and you tend to go round corner a bit slower.

    Just take care, be observant and relax.
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  • pompeypoppypompeypoppy Posts: 182
    FSR_XC wrote:
    you tend to go round corners a bit slower

    not if you over brake
  • sturmeysturmey Posts: 964
    Rain is good for you. 2 hour ride in driving rain this morning but felt much fresher when I got home than in previous days.
    One other good thing-clothes got so wet that it lubricated my shorts in the sensitive areas so there was no chafing down there at all.
  • sicknotesicknote Posts: 901
    skyd0g wrote:
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....

    They're probably just a little gaye - check their ipods for Diana Ross.

    Hang on a minute skyd0g
    Dont you mean Barbara Streisand :wink: :?
  • CiBCiB Posts: 6,098
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    Maybe a more sensibly-phrased question would have got you better answers. Can I ride in the rain is an open invite, esp on a Friday.

    Get wet, enjoy it to the full. Give the old bike a wipe down afterwards though.
    :)
  • pompeypoppypompeypoppy Posts: 182
    Get wet, enjoy it to the full. Give the old bike a wipe down afterwards though.
    :)
    :shock:

    Maybe you shouldn't ride it in the wet Chris[/quote]
  • sirlylossirlylos Posts: 234
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    Maybe a more sensibly-phrased question would have got you better answers. Can I ride in the rain is an open invite, esp on a Friday.
    :)

    Yeah a fair comment, it gave me a good laugh reading through though :D
    1993 - Ridgeback 301 G3
    1995 - Ridgeback 601 GS
    1997 - Specialized Hardrock
    2003 - Specialized FSR XC
    2008 - Specialized Epic FSR Comp
    2009 - Giant Defy 3
    2010 - Voodoo Wanga
    2012 - Cannondale Supersix 105
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,069
    but would be better than potassium

    Imagine a Ridley Caesium!!! :shock:
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  • pompeypoppypompeypoppy Posts: 182
    pottssteve wrote:
    but would be better than potassium

    Imagine a Ridley Caesium!!! :shock:

    Like it :)
  • ride_wheneverride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Nah, the caesium would be rubbish, cos if you picked it up (in an innert atmosphere) it'd just melt.

    Caesium is cool like that, you can melt it in your hand...
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Sicknote wrote:
    skyd0g wrote:
    sirlylos wrote:
    ha ha very funny - the lot of you!

    The reason I ask is that I'd seen a few guys saying they wouldn't go out when it was raining and I thought that it was something to do with the tyres no being up to it or something. It's lashing it down here and I wanted to go out tonight so it now looks like I can.....

    They're probably just a little gaye - check their ipods for Diana Ross.

    Hang on a minute skyd0g
    Dont you mean Barbara Streisand :wink: :?

    ...maybe that as well, but riding side-saddle is usually a dead giveaway. :lol:
    Cycling weakly
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