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<p>Ok, cak asked for it so here's what comes to mind</p>
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<p>1. No sudden turns. Need to focus on gradual turns everywhere, because a sharp movement will cause you to lose contact and slide out.</p>
<p>2. Tires not as inflated as normal. I race at 116, rain maybe 100. Some people even less.</p>
<p>3. Anything shiny on the road = bad. Leaves, oil, markings, tar, wood, rubber, whatever - if it's shiny, it's bad STRAIGHT LINE over that and don't torque heavy on the pedals. Actually I have found a nice smooth pedal will be better than freezing up</p>
<p>4. Stay loose. Your reaction time can be improved by not freaking out and being all tight.</p>
<p>5. Stay on guard. You have less time to react, so that means you need to loose further ahead, play the "what if" game (i.e. what if a car comes from other there, or over there, or BOTH there and there) far more than normal</p>
<p>6. Ride your brakes for short times to get them ready, in case you need them.</p>
<p>7. Give yourself more stopping time than normal, you will need it</p>
<p>8. You still need to eat and drink, it's not like you're not working - you just won't feel it as you'll be cooled</p>
<p>9. Lightning = bad</p>
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<p>No matter what you wear, you will get soaked.  Dress for it:</p>
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<p>Base layer - Skin tight.  Wet floppy clothes get really cold when away from your body, then steal your body heat when they slap against you.  Dress head-to-toe in things that can't flap around.</p>
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<p>Middle layer - Warmth.  If it is cold out, wear fleece or wool for warmth.</p>
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<p>Outer layer - Wind block.  Blocking the wind can make a HUGE difference in warmth when your clothes are wet.  So much so, that I often wear <em>either</em> the middle layer <em>or</em> the outer layer, but both would be way too much.</p>
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<p>Toes, fingers, head, core.  You can generally tolerate one or two of those being cold if the others are warm.  It won't be comfortable, but you'll survive.  If three or more of those are cold, it is time to cut the ride short before hypothermia starts creeping in.  Make your Number One priority be getting warm as soon as possible - by the time you reach warmth you'll be glad you skipped that hill or loop you were considering.</p>
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<p>EAT!  Even if you don't drink much, be sure to eat.  The body gets cold fast when it runs out of blood sugar.</p>
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<p>Ditch the glasses.  You'll get rain and crap in your eyes, but your vision will be even worse with foggy, drippy glasses on.</p>
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<p>Be ready to add/remove articles of clothing - wear something with extra large pockets to hold spare gloves, leg warmers, dry socks, etc.</p>
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<p>Put your cell phone in double zip-lock bags.  Stick ten bucks in there, too, just in case.</p>
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<p>Add one more spare tube to your normal repair kit.  Wet tires pick up road debris, so be ready for more flats than normal.  If you use CO2, be sure to bring enough for the extra spare tube.</p>
 

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<p>Oh yeah.  After the ride, be sure to hose the bike down with WD-40 to prevent rust, especially along the drive train.  You can clean and lube the chain later, but it's important to prevent rust until then.  And since no one wants to even look at their bike for a day or so after a nasty wet ride, you need that protective layer.  The chain can rust overnight.  Basically, anything that moves should be sprayed.  Just avoid the brake pads and wheel rims.</p>
 

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<p>Wear tri shorts.  No matter how comfortable your touring shorts are, all that padding will become a wet diaper.  Also, lube any chafe prone areas.  They will chafe.  Tuck a sample size vasoline in your seat pack.  Never know when you will need it.</p>
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<p>If you have a long ride to do, plan on doing multiple loops.  Yah, 100miles doing 20m x5 can get boring.  But... do you really wanna be cold, wet and miserable AND be 50miles from your van?</p>
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<p>Thanks, Matt! </p>
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<p>The other day, the forecast for my HIM on Sunday had a chance of rain.  But, it's looking a bit more dry now.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4boysmom</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69985/riding-in-the-rain-put-your-tips-advice-here#post_1942894"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br>
If you have a long ride to do, plan on doing multiple loops.  Yah, 100miles doing 20m x5 can get boring.  But... do you really wanna be cold, wet and miserable AND be 50miles from your van?
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THAT is a really good point.  Only going 56 miles on Sunday at my race, but I will definitely keep this in mind!</p>
 

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<p>rain or no rain...I always ride the same loop if solo.  </p>
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<p>my advice concerning rain: no matter how wet and heavy your clothes become....do not remove (well unless someone hands you dry one).   I stripped down to bra and shorts in a race as my clothes felt like they weighed 50 pounds......big mistake<br><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4boysmom</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69985/riding-in-the-rain-put-your-tips-advice-here#post_1942894"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Wear tri shorts.  No matter how comfortable your touring shorts are, all that padding will become a wet diaper.  Also, lube any chafe prone areas.  They will chafe.  Tuck a sample size vasoline in your seat pack.  Never know when you will need it.</p>
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<p>If you have a long ride to do, plan on doing multiple loops.  Yah, 100miles doing 20m x5 can get boring.  But... do you really wanna be cold, wet and miserable AND be 50miles from your van?</p>
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<p>My lessons learned can be found here:</p>
<p><a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/thread/59162/110-miles-or-how-to-freak-out-your-friends-and-family">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/thread/59162/110-miles-or-how-to-freak-out-your-friends-and-family</a></p>
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<p>One thing not mentioned in this thread, though........</p>
<p>GET OUT OF THE WET CLOTHES AS SOON AS YOU'RE FINISHED!!!!</p>
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<p>Keep a dry set of clothes in your car, from the skin on out.</p>
<p>And, extra food/fluid.</p>
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<p>Then, have a plan for getting real food in to you as soon as is reasonable after you're finished riding.</p>
 

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<p>remember to use your brain the whole time..  rain rides are not time for autopilot.  </p>
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<p>and if it's raining heavily enough that visibility for drivers is compromised, drag out your trainer and find a good movie to watch.  </p>
 

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<p>Along with Stitchers point of riding in the cold rain--have dry clothes in you vehicle.  Fill a screw-top gatorade bottle with hot water and pack your clothes around that.  That way, not only do you have dry clothes, they are warm! </p>
 
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