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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 01-27-2011, 10:38 PM   #31 (permalink)
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but only an idiot would bike in rain
I agree. But I typically do 60 mile rides. The weather in Florida can change very quick. So occasionally I get caught in the rain.

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Old 01-28-2011, 02:29 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Haha! looks like you can`t win, Angmaar. Either you`re out of shape, you`re wasting gas, or you`re an idiot! Well, I guess it`s that old story that ya can`t please everyone. I can see how that short drive every day would do bad things to your F.E. averages. Hope you come up with a reasonable solution, hopefull one that will keep you and your parents all happy, and to heck with the rest of us
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:25 AM   #33 (permalink)
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When on a bike in wet weather braking capability is but a small fraction of what normal braking is. That's reason enough not to do it.
In the rain I usually go slower than normal, mostly because of braking distance. Same goes for snow. Only if I'm on a long empty stretch I may speed up to get home faster.

The worst thing about riding in the rain (for me) it the water on my eyeglasses. That can potentially be a safety hazard, and that is the other reason I slow down substantially.
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:41 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I use to bike 40 miles each way, it took me 2 1/2 hours average. You can tell that some people hate driving to work, the ones that think they own the road. Some drivers purposely will try to scare a cyclist by passing to close, others are just ignorant. I am not sure which is worse teens or little old ladies. Ive had stuff thrown at me by passengers. I have caught up to some perpetrators at a stop lights. There are crazies out there with road rage. You think they are is a hurry, but no they just want to harass. Yes, I have been hit and have sued.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:54 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I expect I'll get flamed for saying this, but only an idiot would bike inthe rain.:
Well if it's your only mode of transportation you got to do what you got to do.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I expect I'll get flamed for saying this, but only an idiot would bike in rain.
I did this a few times last summer for short hops in the rain (when driving was not an option, and "it just had to get there"):



Fortunately, I did not also do this:



I guess neither of us thought of this:

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I guess neither of us thought of this:

The canopy in the last photo might keep the biker dry, but nothing will keep the brakes dry.

The photo of falling illustrates why biking in rain is not a good idea.
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mmmmm. Looks to me like that bike has a coaster brake. If so, the hub shell should keep it dry and cozy.

MetroMPG, did you really do "that"? If so, you`re very talented guy and I tip my hat to you!
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Yes, but not with earphones in (like this guy). That would have been dangerous.

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I would not want to ride in the city. I chose to live where i can ride to work, 80% on bike trail.

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