Does anyone ride in the rain?

Is it considered a bad idea to ride in the rain? What kind of gear is
required or desirable? My chromed Schwinn has some nicks in the frame, and
it looks like tiny bits of rust are starting to develop there. I wonder if
it’s a good idea to get the Uni wet.

its been raining for 3 weeks here in Oregon,i have no choice if i want to ride…just steel wool the rust the best ya can and forget about it

Import Car Fan (begging the question importing from and to where?) asked:
> Is it considered a bad idea to ride in the rain?

I got round to scanning some old newspaper cuttings the other day, see:
http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/danny/unicycling/gallery/vicpark.jpg

> I wonder if it’s a good idea to get the Uni wet.

Not really, I’ve seen some really rusty ones let outside tents at
conventions.


Danny Colyer (remove safety to reply) ( http://www.juggler.net/danny )
Recumbent bikes page: http://www.speedy5.freeserve.co.uk/recumbents/ “Make
it idiot-proof and someone will build a better idiot.”

Uh-oh. Please don’t get me started on “begs the question” here. Oops, I’m already hooked. To beg the question is to argue in a circular manner, that is to say the basis of the argument requires proof as much as the conclusion does. A more appropriate phrase might be “raising the question”…

Riding in the rain is a lot of fun. There are less people out and about, and I believe, they are much friendlier.

The rain cools you and you can ride longer than without the rain.

The puddles are lots of fun to go through. And if you get your tire dirty, and what are the chances of that happening, to clean it you simply idle in a largish puddle, back and forth, until your tire is clean.

A Goretex jacket coupled with a microfibre t-shirt makes rain riding much more enjoyable. You sweat, the microfibre t-shirt wicks your sweat to your jacket, and the jacket lets your sweat vapour out. But the goretex jacket won’t let the rain in, so you ride dry, even though you’re working out.

I like to ride my 26" uni with a 26x1.5" slick. I get a smooth ride with little noise and effort. Riding with a knobby will quickly tire you out.

You can easily freak people out. Carry an umbrella, ride and twirl it around. People will ask you if you’re Seinfeld* or Mary Poppins**, depending on how you’re dressed and the colours of your umbrella.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada

forum.member@unicyclist.com writes:
>Riding in the rain is a lot of fun. There are less
(Grammar note: “fewer”)
> people out and about,and I believe, they are much friendlier.
I can’t vouch for the friendlier part, but I guarantee that they are
generally wetter.
>
>
>The rain cools you and you can ride longer than without the rain.
My worst ride ever was in the rain, but that’s in large part bc I was
unprepared. I rode 9 miles in cold, hard rain, and I was wearing little in
the way of correct rain gear. My slicker was one of those which is
somewhat water-resistant, so when I arrived at work I was totally
soaked…and frigid.
>
>
>The puddles are lots of fun to go through. And if you get your tire
>dirty, and what are the chances of that happening, to clean it you simply
>idle in a largish puddle, back and forth, until your tire is clean.
Well, you also get your BACK dirty, esp if the tire has a lot of tread. If
I take my Coker out with its new tire, I will have a nice streak up my
back if I ride in the rain. Just keep this aspect in mind and prepare
accordingly.
>
>
>A Goretex jacket coupled with a microfibre t-shirt makes rain riding
>much more enjoyable. You sweat, the microfibre t-shirt wicks your sweat
>to your jacket, and the jacket lets your sweat vapour out. But the
>goretex jacket won’t let the rain in, so you ride dry, even though
>you’re working out.
Great advice which I wish I’d taken before that awful ride.
>
>
>I like to ride my 26" uni with a 26x1.5" slick. I get a smooth ride with
>little noise and effort. Riding with a knobby will quickly tire you out.
And there’s that back-streak part, too.
>

David Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday @ Central
Park Bandshell
1:30 start time after 11/1/01

Riding in the rain is fun. Rust isn’t caused by getting wet, it’s caused
by not getting dry. Just take the same care over the uni that you would
over a wet bike (in my case that means no more than ‘don’t leave it
outside’ - the central heating does the rest).

The only issue I have is that riding in the rain at night with a
helmet-mounted light can severely reduce visibility. It’s like staring
into the ‘Flying through space’ screensaver.

Arnold the Aardvark

In article <9vguu0$f92$5@laurel.tc.umn.edu>, don.tai
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> writes:

> Riding in the rain is a lot of fun. There are less people out and about,
> and I believe, they are much friendlier.
>
[snip]
>
> You can easily freak people out. Carry an umbrella, ride and twirl
> it around.
>

I thought riding with an umbrella in the rain would be cool. It turned out
to be great … until the wind came up. Keeping balanced while hanging
onto a big sail of a brolly, being buffetted by random gusts is hard!

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Gardner Buchanan <gbuchana@rogers.com> Ottawa, ON FreeBSD: Where you want
to go. Today.

I’ve gone out riding in the rain with an umbrella. It’s fun even though
you still get wet.

A month ago I decided to challenge myself by taking the umbrella out in a
gusty wind storm. It was almost impossible to control the ride. When a
gust of wind hit it would twist me around like a pirouette. I could
barely control my direction of travel. At times it was impossible to
control what direction I was going. After a few minutes I had enough and
went back inside.

john_childs

>From: gbuchana@gromit.dhs.org (Gardner) I thought riding with an umbrella
>in the rain would be cool. It turned out to be great … until the wind
>came up. Keeping balanced while hanging onto a big sail of a brolly,
>being buffetted by random gusts is hard!
>


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> >The puddles are lots of fun to go through. And if you get your
> >tire dirty, and what are the chances of that happening, to clean
> >it you simply idle in a largish puddle, back and forth, until your
> >tire is clean.
> Well, you also get your BACK dirty, esp if the tire has a lot of tread.
> If I take my Coker out with its new tire, I will have a nice streak up
> my back if I ride in the rain. Just keep this aspect in mind and prepare
> accordingly.

How about a mud guard? You can probably pick them up in a bike shop really
cheaply and in my opinion I think it would definately be worth it!

Paul