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It is entirely possible that it will rain while I'm riding some time.<br><br>
Go figure. lol<br><br>
It's also entirely possible that I will have to ride when it's raining (as in, don't have a choice, get your butt out there and go).<br><br>
So......<br>
Other than visibility issues (that I'm very aware of)....<br>
What "riding in the rain" things do I need to remember/keep in mind/prepare for right now...before I go out.
 

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Watch out for metal grates, coverings, etc that are on the road. Also be careful crossing any painted lines and rail road tracks.<br>
During my Aug. sprint last year it poured and I saw more than one go down when crossing these things.<br>
Oh, try to stay relaxed. You are going to get more wet than you ever thought possible, but have fun doing it.
 

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more wet than falling in a pool fully clothed?<br>
I've done that...<br>
Heck, I've jumped in that way before (even with shoes).<br><br>
It's fun!
 

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Uuh don't forget about leaves! They can get very slick as well. I would try and avoid heavily traveled roads as well. Some drivers are bad enough when it is clear out. Now just throw in the rain and you could have disaster. If you have someplace to ride where there are no cars, then you are golden. I have ridden in a wintery mix and didn't have a problem.<br><br>
But you do have a point. If you don't train in it and it comes race day and it is raining, you won't know how the bike handles. So go for it. I am getting ready to head out myself and I am sure you weather is the same as mine at this point.
 

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Nice photo! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'm thinking about tomorrow morning....<br>
For the first part of my ride, I'll be inside, due to the dark....but, once it gets light, I want to be out on the road. But, if it's wet....<br>
eh...<br>
I'm not made of sugar, I won't melt.<br><br>
What about clothes?<br><br>
Can I wear a running hat under my helmet? It helps keep the rain off my face when I run, will it do the same while biking?<br><br>
I guess I won't need as big of a bottle, either....I can just go downhill and open my mouth? lol
 

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that is what she has. Fat tire bike with some bouncy things on it. Unless of course Stitch has upgraded.
 

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I love riding in the rain. It's annoying at times, but it's an awesome experience.<br><br>
Disclaimer: it's fun when you're on a wide uncrowded road with no metal grates, leaves and other hazzards on it.
 

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Nope not yet.....<br>
Just got slick tires.<br>
The fat tires are still in the garage, though...for when I DO upgrade, I can go back to them and have some options.<br><br>
I'm still slugging along on my RED mtn bike.<br><br>
I asked CS what my next step was after the April race....<br>
"see how you feel. Then....buy a bike. Then...ride a LOT." lol
 

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As for what to wear- for me, it totally depends on the time of year. If I was out in the rain in our current temps (amazing, it's sunny in Seattle currently), I'd have on my neoprene booties, rain pants, rain coat, and long finger gloves.
 

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Hmmm....<br>
feet will be an issue, then.<br>
I'm riding in sneakers.<br>
But, I've got wool socks that I wore in the slush-fest of a HM the other weekend.<br><br>
I can cobble together the rest, I think.
 

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Doesn't riding in the rain get grit and water inside seals and do nasty things to bicycles?<br><br>
I would run in the rain, not so happy about riding in the rain, unless I got caught in a storm.
 

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You really to check your tires after a rain ride, as things seem more likely to stick and start working their way through. I seem to find a lot more of htings like glass embedded in the tire after a wet ride.
 

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What everyone else said, plus don't take corners too fast. I've almost wiped out doing that! Those tires are more slippery than you think!
 

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This is me from Christmastime...on top of a mountain in the rain. NO VISIBILITY. It was scary<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v314/soeur/BurntMountain.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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It's just cold here today, no rain. But I'm a wuss so I'll be on the trainer for (ugh) 90 min. I actually need to get my ass on it now. I'm stalling.
 

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At least you had someone with you to snap a pic.<br>
I don't know that I'd DO that alone.<br>
yikes!!<br><br>
 
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