...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

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...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby David9694 » 13 Aug 2018, 4:35pm

If so, how?

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Postby brynpoeth » 13 Aug 2018, 4:39pm

If it is quite hot and not really raining, one can keep cool, best is if it looks rainy (forecast) but does not really rain, then fewer people are about

I can remember a few days like that
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby Cunobelin » 13 Aug 2018, 4:47pm

Absolutely

Recumbent trike so puddle surfing isn't a problem.... 8 mile journey to a warm shower and large fire

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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby David9694 » 13 Aug 2018, 4:50pm

Cunobelin wrote:Recumbent trike


Doesn’t that mean you’re presenting an even greater target to the raindrops than a conventional rider?

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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby Mick F » 13 Aug 2018, 4:51pm

Ever possible?
Yes, because it can be quite nice and refreshing ................. but no, if it's cold and windy and it's chucking it down and it's winter and the traffic is heavy and it's getting dark.

I rode off to Exeter last week. 50odd miles and took the train home.
I'd paid for the train in advance so I was committed to the ride, but after leaving it started to rain. Not hard, but gentle, and it kept it up for some hours.
Had I know it was going to rain, I wouldn't have booked the ticket in the first place, but as it happens, it was quite a pleasant ride, though rather damp.
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby Graham O » 13 Aug 2018, 4:52pm

I find that getting wet is more unpleasant than being wet. As long as I am warm, I'm not bothered. Yesterday I was caught in a thunderstorm and got seriously splashed by a car driving through a puddle, but amazingly, the water was warm. The fun factor of being on a bike soon came back.

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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby RJS » 13 Aug 2018, 4:54pm

Sure, out with friends yesterday, a bit wet :o , but not cold, I was happy, better than being stuck indoors, Mrs RJS may have found me work to do :shock: :wink:
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Postby fossala » 13 Aug 2018, 4:55pm

I don't care about the rain. Been commuting or nearly 10 years without any other form of transport so I've had to get used to it. I prefer riding when it's dry, but it wouldn't stop me going out.

I moved over to riding recumbents a few months ago and I do prefer upright bikes when it rains due to the rain hitting my face.

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Postby brynpoeth » 13 Aug 2018, 5:00pm

Plus One, positive thread alert, we love rain!

Cycling in the rain the last bit home is good, motivating, one knows one will soon be in the bath
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby David9694 » 13 Aug 2018, 5:03pm

Graham O wrote:I find that getting wet is more unpleasant than being wet.


It’s the same with the dark/ getting dark I found.

When I did my 30 minute commute, I minded getting wet on the way in a lot more than going home. The wet also gave the additional hazard of all the mud left on the road by farm vehicles making a thin coating of gunge that gets everywhere on the bike.

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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby David9694 » 13 Aug 2018, 5:12pm

Mick F wrote:and took the train home.
I'd paid for the train in advance so I was committed to the ride


Unless it makes no sense in terms of wind Direction, I always get the train for the outbound leg, so I don’t spend the whole ride worrying about meeting some situation where the bike isn’t allowed on the train. That’s never happened to me in practice. Where its an HST, you’ve got to enter onto thei guard’s own territory, whereas on South West trains, cycle accommodation is possible in most vestibules, so there’s no one with any locus to turf you off. At least GWT have a working cycle reservations system - SWT makes no sense at all.

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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby Mick F » 13 Aug 2018, 5:21pm

Thread drift alert! :lol:

I did some research. The cheaper fares from Exeter to Plymouth were with CrossCountry at four quid odd, but bike booking wasn't available. Having been on a CC train with a bike, the stowages are very limited and it seems to me that it would be first come first served. As the CC trains would have come from Up Country somewhere, I wasn't happy to pick one of them.

I found a Local Train by GWR Exeter to Plymouth calling at all the stations en route. This cost £9.70 but I know that the local GWR trains have loadsa space for bikes. Also, knowing that the train was starting at Exeter, I could be on asap.

I used this website.
http://www.brtimes.com/#home
Put in Exeter and Plymouth for tomorrow.
http://www.brtimes.com/#!board?stn=EXD& ... e=20180814
Scroll down to 15:50 and it's the train I caught. Local Train.
http://www.brtimes.com/#!train?uid=C430 ... 3d20180814
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby peetee » 13 Aug 2018, 6:32pm

One of most memorable rides home was one evening after a warm summer day. It was raining a fair bit, on my race bike, very little traffic and I was on form. It felt great. So invigorating. One of those occasions that cemented the realisation that I really had chosen the right pastime.
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby landsurfer » 13 Aug 2018, 6:44pm

I love cycling in the rain, all my best TT results where done in the rain.
Just dress accordingly ...
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Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

Postby foxyrider » 13 Aug 2018, 6:55pm

landsurfer wrote:I love cycling in the rain, all my best TT results where done in the rain.
Just dress accordingly ...

It's not rocket science why - more oxygene in the air as well as a slicker road surface often with very light wind.
Convention? what's that then?
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