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post #1 of 47 Old 10-24-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in Wet Conditions

I don't have much experience riding in rain. I try to avoid it whenever possible. Today I rode in what I'd consider a mist. It wasn't raining or sprinkling per se, just steady coming down like heavy fog.

I know the main concern for traction is how wet the road is....then there's the visibility issue. I didn't feel like the road was slick, I didn't feel any loss of traction.....but I guess you wouldn't really know till you leaned into a turn and slipped right over.

What are your opinions about riding in the rain? Obviously, I'm sure we'd rather not....but how wet would you consider too wet....and best to just stop somewhere?
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riding even in heavy dounpouring rain is no big deal as long as there is no traffic



riding in traffic, there is as much dirty grungy road spray being kicked up by tires splashing thru puddles



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As long as it's been raining enough it doesn't bother me much anymore...just be sure to avoid manhole covers.
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As long as it's been raining enough it doesn't bother me much anymore...just be sure to avoid manhole covers.
... And tar snakes, and painted lines (especially when changing lanes in a curve).

Oh yeah, get youself some good waterproof boots too. A rainy ride is miserable without them.
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The more you do it the less an issue it becomes. Ride in the rain a bunch and you'll get a good setup for your gear and get to know what the bike will do under you.

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Living in the general vicinity of Seattle, I ride in the rain a lot. Not really much of an issue most of the time. Of heightened concern to me is the first trip in the rain following a long stretch of dry weather, the roads are generally more slippery until they've been washed well, which usually doesn't take long around here. :biggrinjester: Take today for instance.........

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What are your opinions about riding in the rain? Obviously, I'm sure we'd rather not....but how wet would you consider too wet....and best to just stop somewhere?
Drizzle is worse than pouring rain (esp. after hot weather) as the roads get greasy with the oils from the tarmac and vehicles. Keep your visor clear, don't ride in the middle of the lane where oil drips and crud accumulate but ride in the wheel 'tracks' on either side. Keep off hard acceleration when cornering and don't lean as far. If your tyres are anything but knobbies and warm they will grip almost as well as in the dry and that's more than enough for normal riding (ie not going like a GP racer). Keep a longer distance from vehicles in front of you and be a bit gentler on the brakes. The rain itself is a bit of a distraction, your vision isn't as good and your reaction times will not be as fast as in the dry. Without experience that can lead to a bit of panic, harder braking or acceleration and a tyre slip. If the rear slips it will *generally* only be a short one and the bike will correct itself as long as you don't get a death-grip on the bars or jam the brakes on. Be very wary of black ice if the temps are down near zero - that stuff is dangerous.

I enjoy riding in the rain oddly enough. With modern wet weather gear you stay warm and dry and it is a change of scene from fine weather riding.
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Also, the visibility of the drivers around you is reduced (assuming they noticed you when it was not raining!). More reason for hi viz gear if you ride in rain.
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Good advice and comments! I do have a high vis jacket; that's been helpful. Even the cops give me a break!! The only time I've ever had a speeding ticket is the day I wore my old black biker jacket!

I've got the weatherproof tourmaster boots. There the only pair I have for street. I'd actually like a pair that's not waterproof, just because as I said, it doesn't rain much around here.
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The only problems I have with rain are with the transition and with night riding. Having a rain suit on during a hot summer day is unpleasant. Getting the gear on without having to wait long before the weather transitions from hot to wet can be tricky. Rain at night can make visibility an issue.

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