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View Poll Results: Do you bike in bad weather?
No, I only ride when it's warm and dry. 16 17.58%
I'm used to riding in the rain. 10 10.99%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not raining. 13 14.29%
I don't mind the cold, as long as it's not freezing. 8 8.79%
Temperatures below freezing aren't bad, it's snow that I avoid. 10 10.99%
A little bit of snow never hurt anybody. 12 13.19%
Bad weather? What's that? 22 24.18%
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Old 12-30-2015, 12:10 AM   #151 (permalink)
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After I got hit by a car I also felt OK, only the bike was damaged. Since I was willing to take at least 50% of the blame I told the driver (who was so scared he must have peed his pants) that we can just go our ways. Once the adrenaline calmed down I started feeling the sprained wrist and bruised elbow. Later I was told by a fellow biker that we should have exchanged contact details, even if at first glance we were OK, and taken contacts to any witnesses.

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I think I could be safer by using reflectors, lights, and a bright colored jacket or safety vest with reflective stripes.
That is a must!! If your bike did not have lights or even reflectors, then after dusk you should be walking it, not riding.

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Old 12-30-2015, 10:01 AM   #152 (permalink)
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Does motorcycling at 100 mpgUS 37 miles each way to work rain or shine, day or night, every day there is no ice on the road count?
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:24 AM   #153 (permalink)
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Old 12-30-2015, 11:37 PM   #154 (permalink)
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I have cousins in SC and a son at Ft Bragg. They don't get weather like Buffalo or Syracuse lake effect snow. So you get my vote based on wind chill but just to be sure try some homemade biofuel.
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:52 PM   #155 (permalink)
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Been biking in this badly needed Southern California rain the last few days. Wet and a wee bit chilly but fine wih the right clothes..
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:20 PM   #156 (permalink)
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I wasn't quite sure which poll response I liked best, so here:

I've been bike-commuting in earnest for a few years now, working up the gear and fortitude to do more and more of it year-round.

The bike is a 1980's MTB that has been converted to fixed-gear, and wears Nokian/Suomi studded tires in the winter. Pretty low-maintenance and grippy, although I lust for a fat bike at times...

For clothing, the Pearl Izumi AmFib tights are not cheap, but are nice and warm and durable. I wear wool socks and a long-sleeved merino wool base-layer, and Pearl Izumi "lobster claw" gloves when it's below 20F/-7C or so. That with a balaclava works for me down to about 10F/-12C. If it will be below that during the day, or raining, it's still tempting to take the car, though.

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Old 01-01-2017, 07:40 PM   #157 (permalink)
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Cold don't bother me. I try an avoid rain, but won't miss out on weekly mileage because of it.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:51 AM   #158 (permalink)
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Lemmy, I like your attitude! Bad weather? No, just insufficient equipment.
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Old 01-02-2017, 10:56 AM   #159 (permalink)
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I live in Central England. If bad weather bothered me I'd never leave the house!
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:11 PM   #160 (permalink)
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Riding in the rain is like screaming in the face of the storm "F*ck you, I'll still go wherever I wanna go. I'm all wet. It's fantastic!"

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