tips for riding in rain anyone?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by twinkiex, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. twinkiex

    twinkiex Guest

    I put plastic wrap around the magneto as the old posts say. I went through 6 inch puddles yesterday. Was actually fun! Any tips appreciated.
    I wish people would slow down rather than speed up and soak me.:-/
     

  2. OldPete

    OldPete Guest

    Fenders http://ecom1.planetbike.com/fenders.html
    I use Cascadia to keep the coastal roadside dirt/grit off of me, the rack mount engine and its air filter. I have yet to ride in heavy rain.

    Lube all chains often, like just after the ride or during the ride if it is a long one.

    Stay dry and warm. A trash bag poncho is good for a rush ride home but is never to be considered rainy day cycling wear. The same can be said for plastic shopping bag foot wear. ;)

    Brake pads for disc or rim brakes are on offer in dual compound for wet or dry stopping power.

    Post more details about your ride for better advice from those that ride similare machines.
     
  3. atcspaul

    atcspaul Guest

    i found fenders and a cheap rain suit are great. the rain suit will also block the wind. ref rain suit keep it away from the muffler they melt fast so a piece of velcro or something like that use on that side on your leg
     
  4. I silicone the magneto cover area to keep it waterproof. I have rain gear with pants that can go in my tool pouch when needed.
    I love riding in the rain. It's a thrill.
    It's a thrill for I have absolutely no brakes.
    No brakes at all.
     
  5. JemmaUK

    JemmaUK Guest

    tips?

    go slower than you would usually and more carefully - that nice shallow looking puddle might be there because underneath it is a nice large pothole...

    LIGHTS - you need to be seen in bad weather - being punted off the road by a car can be hazardous to the health..

    Fenders are a must lol - being rained on from above and below is not fun at all..

    If you have rim brakes give yourself more time to stop - water will get on them ... with the coaster/roller and drum/disc this is less of an issue...

    surprisingly the engines I have had so far are pretty rain resistant - I have ridden sans covers and have had no problems with water ingress or overheating... but its probably a good idea to cover the engine if its standing outside

    Jemma xx
     
  6. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    Rode in the rain today, watch out while turning onto sealcoated blacktop.
    It can be as slippery as ice. My new rode rash is testament to that. I thought I had some tires that would be pretty good on wet pavement, there I go thinking again.
    Anyone have any good wet conditions tires that they use reliably on pavement?
     
  7. turbo/chaos

    turbo/chaos Guest

    well i do 30 in the rain the only advice i have make sure your man hood is screwd on tight and plenty of stoping distence later
     
  8. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    We'll I comment a newbie error, and did not search deep enough for tires.
    This forum has many posts on tires. Sorry about the mistake.:oops:
     
  9. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    columbia "ibex" full rainsuit, that's my tip...i rode in 60mph rainy gusts today, my toes and nose were wet, the rest was dry :)

    tail-winds rock, head-winds don't :evil:
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  10. While I have tried to avoid riding in the rain or when it is almost a certainty, I have found that my glasses hare hard to see through when they get wet.....I am wondering, if Rain X would possibly help?......I know I have used Rain X on my truck's windshield and it causes the water to bead up and roll off without even using the wipers so long as you are moving at a moderate speed...Anybody ever try it with eyeglasses while riding....if it works as well as on a windshield that would help eyeglass wearers.
    Andrew
     
  11. Wear goggles over your glasses then rub some shaving cream (the foam kind) on the outside and inside of your goggle lens. That stuff keeps your lenses from fogging up and it wicks away rain. And you probably have some in your bathroom.(don't use the gel.That don't work)
    You may try it on your glasses but the goggles will keep your eyes dry for sure.
     
  12. ibdennyak

    ibdennyak Guest

    Hey, thanks. That's one I never heard yet. Will give it a try tomorrow.

    Denny
     
  13. Thanks large....that is a good idea about the goggles.....and the shaving cream idea Hmmm you may make me ride in the rain just to see how it works! HA.
    Thanks!
    Andrew
     
  14. smapadatha

    smapadatha Guest

    Studded pedals. I bought some from Wellgo; about $20. I was going to get Powergrips (http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001344.php), but if you stop at an intersection and don't get your foot out of there in time, over you go.

    The original rubber pedals that came with my bike were slick death if they got a single drop of water on them. That made me very nervous as I've read that a rider's foot slipping off a pedal is a major cause of bike accidents in wet conditions.

    Pedals like the Wellgo are apparently used by BMX'ers, who run into much muddier conditions than I ever will. The pedals are covered on both sides with metal studs that rise up about 3/16". They really provide a wonderful grip onto sneaker tread and make it more difficult (but not impossible) for your foot to slip.
     

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  15. kevbo

    kevbo Guest

    Rim Brakes: Steel rims are much worse when wet than alloy, and alloy ain't great.

    The Salmon colored (there are others) kool-stop brake pads are the best in rain according to Sheldon Brown. I recently got some, but have not yet tried them in the rain, but they seem to work fine on dry rims, so no need to change them with the weather.

    Don't forget that there may be a large pothole hiding under what looks like a shallow puddle. Try to mentally map the location of such hazards along routes you frequent, so you aren't thrown off (literally!) when you need to traverse them in the rain.
     
  16. mxcrashr

    mxcrashr Guest

    Ibex rainsuit, goggles, and if you ride in the rain a lot get some Neos overshoes. They easily slip over any tennis shoe and keep your feet warm and dry.

    http://www.overshoe.com/recreational/
     
  17. twinkiex

    twinkiex Guest

    The only bad thing about riding in the rain without fenders is that you get a stripe of mud starting at your bottom to the top of your helmet!
    I have excellant brakes, Shimano front and rear two in one. I only need a couple feet to stop from fast speeds, but in the rain it fishtails around before stopping! My Kenda tires are pretty but are not made for rain, they have no tread.
     
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