Riding in the rain and snow

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by f3if3i, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. f3if3i

    f3if3i New Member

    Just wondering will an engine get damage if you ride in the rain?

    I read the manual for the Subaru 35cc and it said not to operate in rain.

    With my friction drive I haven't been able to ride so Im probably gonna order a GEBE setup tomorrow which is so dam expensive :icon_cry:

  2. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    why ride in the rain and snow?
    are you using your bike for daily transportation?
    man, i would never ride either of my bikes in the rain or the snow.
  3. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    I haven't and probably won't CHOOSE to ride in the rain simply because of visibility-- my one and only bicycle accident was in the rain because I couldn't see well enough and someone opened their door into my path. After I left the house, it started to pour. I was about half way between home and class, so I kept going (I figured riding home would have been just as dangerous as just continuing) . I flipped over the bars, over the guy's door, and rolled down the street. I was lucky I didn't hit my head since I wasn't wearing a helmet, but my knees and shins were black and blue.

    Right now, my bike is my transportation, but if there is rain in the forecast, I take the bus to work. I would recommend avoiding rain just for safety. Maybe the warning on your Subaru was more a safety recommendation?
  4. f3if3i

    f3if3i New Member

    My bike is only mean of transportation so thats why I ask... I can take the bus but it takes longer and more expensive so I rather not. Im thinking of covering the engine somehow so it can still "breathes"
  5. f3if3i

    f3if3i New Member

    Well I just took the plunge and ordered the GEBE kit and a rear wheel, this better be worth it!
  6. I ride in the rain and dont have any problems
  7. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Yeah, I've ridden in the rain, yeah, the bike worked fine but I had no choice and it was no fun. I actually poured water out of my shoes, bike was soaked, what a bummer. You ride in the rain and snow but count me out.
  8. yodar

    yodar New Member

    I have one of these,


    and it wont keep your feet dry, but a plastic terash bag rubber banded around your shoes will

    The is one FIFTH the cost of a rain suit, no pants though

    Fortunately here in Florida you wait 20 minutes and the rain goes away

  9. masterx1234

    masterx1234 Member

    i have a bmp kit and yea it works fine, water wont get in unless your driving through a river or something
  10. reb1

    reb1 Member

    Rain you need fenders. rain suit and shoe covers. In snow do not expect to be able to shift the bicycle gears once the drive train is loaded up with snow. In either situation braking is going to be greatly reduced. The biggest danger when raining or snowing is other road users not seeing you. In snow you are likely to fall in the rode. I lived only two miles from work in Utah so I did not bother with a car. I did put studded snow tires on my MTB. I also rode at reduced speed. I also hauled my pregnant wife to the hospital on two occasions in a two wheeled cart. The morning of December 28th 1990 my wife was scheduled for a C section. The taxi man refused to drive on ice so the wife went the 10 blocks in the two wheeled cart. I did not fall or slide with the studded snow tires but I never went over 10mph either.
  11. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    wow, you've got the best "Don't you REALIZE what I've gone through" story to guilt your kids with! Of course, your wife can one-up you because she was the one in the cart... ;)