Attention London commuters!

_Brun_
_Brun_ Posts: 1,740
edited August 2009 in Commuting chat
It's raining again.

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  • Stuey01
    Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    feck.
    Not climber, not sprinter, not rouleur
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    It's okay, it's stopped.
  • Oddjob62
    Oddjob62 Posts: 1,056
    Yay!!!
    As yet unnamed (Dolan Seta)
    Joelle (Focus Expert SRAM)
  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    I'm not cycling today, so I donlt care. :P
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    Raindrops the size of basketballs over here.
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • Aidy
    Aidy Posts: 2,015
    Not raining here yet, but the sky is looking ominously dark
  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    Raining here, and I was just about to nip out and get some chips. :(
  • Ian.B
    Ian.B Posts: 732
    Is this for the benefit of out-of-towners who can gloat, or Londoners who work in windowless rooms?
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    I suspect it's snowing in Scotland, with horizontal rain coming from the other direction. So, the weather's still better down south. :twisted:
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    oooh just went really dark here.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    I refer you to my comments on the SCR thread :x
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • fossyant
    fossyant Posts: 2,549
    Nice oop North........
  • made it home with just a few spots Surrey and Sussex! But not all of them!
    No one told me about that hill!!!
  • MattFT
    MattFT Posts: 178
    Now THAT'S what I call rain!
    FCN: 4

    My Condor R.I.P.

    Enigma Echo - everything outside the city
    Genesis Day One Disc - commuter
  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    MattFT wrote:
    Now THAT'S what I call rain!

    Yep - water falling from the sky - that's what i call rain as well. :P
  • White Line
    White Line Posts: 887
    cjcp, it's not snowing here. :( Just really wet. Although! The weekend's looking good! :D
  • _Brun_
    _Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    Left work at 7, went straight to the pub cos of rain. Four Greene King IPA and two London Pride later it was still hammering down, so I'm now utterly drenched but at home and happy.

    Best thing about cycling (or running, football, etc) in the rain is that once you're wet it just doesn't matter anymore. That took about two minutes this evening, and I really quite enjoyed the rest of the ride home, didn't even rush. Being a bit drunk might have helped.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    _Brun_ wrote:
    Left work at 7, went straight to the pub cos of rain. Four Greene King IPA and two London Pride later it was still hammering down, so I'm now utterly drenched but at home and happy.

    Best thing about cycling (or running, football, etc) in the rain is that once you're wet it just doesn't matter anymore. That took about two minutes this evening, and I really quite enjoyed the rest of the ride home, didn't even rush. Being a bit drunk might have helped.

    I did the same, albeit with slightly less beer. Thing is, if I'd gone straight home I'd stayed dry, instead i got soaked and the new bike spent 3 hours or so outside in a monsoon. :roll:
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    White Line wrote:
    cjcp, it's not snowing here. :( Just really wet. Although! The weekend's looking good! :D

    :) It is indeed.

    That was serious rain last night. Great view from Blackfriars sliproad of the "wall" of rain over the Thames. On the downside:

    1. The drainage on Embankment is worse than useless. :x
    2. my lights don't work this morning. They're Cateye by the way. :evil:
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • jonginge
    jonginge Posts: 5,945
    cjcp wrote:
    White Line wrote:
    cjcp, it's not snowing here. :( Just really wet. Although! The weekend's looking good! :D

    :) It is indeed.

    That was serious rain last night. Great view from Blackfriars sliproad of the "wall" of rain over the Thames. On the downside:

    1. The drainage on Embankment is worse than useless. :x
    2. my lights don't work this morning. They're Cateye by the way. :evil:
    1) Yep, majorly*. On the positive side had a lot of considerate car drivers last night. Rode primary for the entire length of chelsea embankment and they just hung back until it was really safe to pass :D
    2) Uh-oh. Must check mine

    I actually quite enjoyed the ride home in the rain. It was probably my slowest, non-diverted, journey home but the overshoes did the trick as did the rain cover for my rucksack. Gilet over SS jersey meant I got a bit wet but stayed warm. Huzzah.

    * TdF withdrawal has set in
    FCN 2-4 "Shut up legs", Jens Voigt
    Planet-x Scott
    Rides
  • What fun 9 miles in the pouring rain, before a 2 hour train journey, only for the rain to have followed me home. The joys of cycling
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    I really enjoyed it, apart from the Tiagra brake not really working (maybe 50%?) and some fella on Kings Road trying to right hook me as I went to overtake (see, it's a deathtrap filtering on the right, a deathtrap I say). I love riding in torrential rain though seeing was a bit of an issue on a couple of occasions.
  • il_principe
    il_principe Posts: 9,155
    biondino wrote:
    I really enjoyed it, apart from the Tiagra brake not really working (maybe 50%?) and some fella on Kings Road trying to right hook me as I went to overtake (see, it's a deathtrap filtering on the right, a deathtrap I say). I love riding in torrential rain though seeing was a bit of an issue on a couple of occasions.

    Ah the joys of Shimano. My lovely Veloce brakes worked wonderfully last night. :D
  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    I don't mind riding in the rain, it was absolutely wazzing it down as I cycled home yesterday, the problem is that the bike gets really mucky, there's an increased chance of punctures and when you arrive home you have to sort out drying your clothes and rucksack. Also the rain washes all the lube off the bike chain, mechs etc.
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  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    I don't mind riding in the rain, it was absolutely wazzing it down as I cycled home yesterday, the problem is that the bike gets really mucky, there's an increased chance of punctures and when you arrive home you have to sort out drying your clothes and rucksack. Also the rain washes all the lube off the bike chain, mechs etc.

    yeah - if i'm not carrying anything i don;t mind the rain, in fact it can be pretty refreshing.

    However, the prospect of a leak developing in one of my panniers and all my paperwork, phone, mp3 player, magazine/newspaper, spare clothing etc. all getting sopping wet does take the edge off the enjoyment for me.

    Plus sometimes not being able to see with all that polluted rain getting in my eyes!
  • Headhuunter
    Headhuunter Posts: 6,494
    Porgy wrote:
    I don't mind riding in the rain, it was absolutely wazzing it down as I cycled home yesterday, the problem is that the bike gets really mucky, there's an increased chance of punctures and when you arrive home you have to sort out drying your clothes and rucksack. Also the rain washes all the lube off the bike chain, mechs etc.

    yeah - if i'm not carrying anything i don;t mind the rain, in fact it can be pretty refreshing.

    However, the prospect of a leak developing in one of my panniers and all my paperwork, phone, mp3 player, magazine/newspaper, spare clothing etc. all getting sopping wet does take the edge off the enjoyment for me.

    Plus sometimes not being able to see with all that polluted rain getting in my eyes!

    I wrap everything inside in plastic bags, but the rucksack itself gets soaked and always needs drying off
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  • Porgy
    Porgy Posts: 4,525
    Porgy wrote:
    I don't mind riding in the rain, it was absolutely wazzing it down as I cycled home yesterday, the problem is that the bike gets really mucky, there's an increased chance of punctures and when you arrive home you have to sort out drying your clothes and rucksack. Also the rain washes all the lube off the bike chain, mechs etc.

    yeah - if i'm not carrying anything i don;t mind the rain, in fact it can be pretty refreshing.

    However, the prospect of a leak developing in one of my panniers and all my paperwork, phone, mp3 player, magazine/newspaper, spare clothing etc. all getting sopping wet does take the edge off the enjoyment for me.

    Plus sometimes not being able to see with all that polluted rain getting in my eyes!

    I wrap everything inside in plastic bags, but the rucksack itself gets soaked and always needs drying off

    Me too - but I find in heavy rain it's rarely 100% - it's like Russian roulette with my stuff - I get home and find out what got wet/damaged this time.