Anyone Riding To Work...Rain Or Shine?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by 5-7HEAVEN, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    My new year's resolution is to give up my $81 monthly covered parking stall and sublet my other $47 monthly stall. Then I plan to motorbike to work, rain or shine.

    Driving in is an option on the one or two days that I have school after work. Otherwise I'd like to bike in the 12-mile roundtrip.

    My old phone company-issued rain suit that I used to work in rain-soaked weather is in good shape. A spare raincoat will be carried on the bike.

    Two motorized bikes will be for alternating use. One is "The Iron Dragon", a 7-speed cruiser with twin Mitsubishi engines, front friction and rear chain drive assemblies. The backup will be my Whizzer bike. On wet roads chain drive rules while my friction drive is disengaged. Unsure how Whizzer belt drive works in the rain.

    Is anyone else besides the billions of Chinese bicyclists committed to ride in good AND bad weather?:grin5:

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty committed. I've managed to get myself covered up enough to ride in anything down to 0 deg F. That's either actual zero or some higher temp with wind chill.

    But we also have to take built up snow and ice into consideration. That can sometimes force us into traffic more than is safe. So we're not really able to ride in the heart of winter. A ride for fun on some safe, open road every now and then is the best we can do.

    But I'm willing to ride in rain.

    So perhaps I'm 3/4 commited.
  3. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    i'm super commited, i ride very rural county roads that are empty at the time i need to be using them. in town on each end of my trip i have nice wide well plowed streets.

    building a new bike this winter with many delays kept me off the road when it was -40* windchill when you weren't even moving, i didn't miss that.

    we are experiencing "the thaw" as of this morning, it's going to be in the mid 40's today and the forcast is to keep building that way.

    so from now on i'll be out there no matter what, i don't have car backup anymore.

  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Good for you, Steve. I wish I could give up the auto. But it's not do-able yet.

    I could definitely like being an MBer in a place like Napannee. With all the Amish traffic I suppose you have a place to ride in most conditions.
  5. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    I commend you snow and ice riders. There are far more dangers for you on the road than for me.

    It MIGHT rain 30 days out of the year where I live. Basically it's an inconvenience for me.I live on high ground and it's a pretty safe drive to work. Rain is a godsend here because we need it. I just have to be more cautious about drivers who might not see me. I also need to drive slower and more carefully.

    The suspension fork will be installed on "The Iron Dragon, so might as well go for the front disc brake.

    My co-workers think I'm crazy for biking to work. They'll REALLY think I'm bonkers when I purposely ride in wet weather.

    Can't blame them 'cuz my co-workers melt in the rain.:grin5:
  6. augidog

    augidog New Member

    i never had to make that sacrifice, give up my car or motorcycle...can't afford either on my budget, anyway...i had to find something that wouldn't eat better than me, and i sure did!!

    i ride year-round, in everything, 40mph sideways rain is interesting...all my errands are very close, but pleasure-riding can be 10-20 miles, also in everything.

    for the toughest weather, i use hightop duckboots, columbia "ibex" rainsuit, & a neoprene facemask...snug as a bug...sometimes the toughest conditions are the most fun, then an errand turns into a pleasure ride...right past my house and down the road.

    it takes a lot to make the full-time committment in a working environment, but not so much to sustain it after you're properly geared up...i really respect anyone making that leap, and i feel that the working MB'er is the TRUE pioneer :cool2:
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  7. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Any good waterproof gloves out there? My leather gloves get soaked and the phone company's gloves might be too big. (They're made to withstand high-voltage electrocution from overhead power lines.)
  8. augidog

    augidog New Member

  9. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    well for the most part drivers are very attentive because of all the bikes and buggies around here.

    BUT, we also have the senseless hooligans that think it's sport to drive up past you with a ball bat out the window or the nut jobs that drive by a buggy and pop a 22 or 32 cal. round in the horses lung.

    Amish, bike riders HAVE to be the most dedicated out there. this yr. while it was -40* and 12"+ drifts on the roads they were out there morning and night, getting on with life.

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  10. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    the best and cheapest totally waterproof glove for warmish weather is a silk glove liner under a pair of the toughest "playtex" type gloves you can find.

  11. mikem

    mikem Member

    Amish Bike Riders

    Last summer on a very hot summer evening I was driving my pick-up through some Michigan hill country. I had the air conditioner going and was remided how thankful I should be for it ... passed a young Amish woman slowly peddaling a bike with groceries on the back up a hill in her heavy, full length, long sleeved dress and bonnett. Made me feel a little pampered.
  12. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I pull my oldest grandaughter to school mon-fri rain or shine
    then her sister and me come back home :):):),
    and then, we do the opposite in the afternoon :grin5::cool2::grin5:

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  13. dvddtz

    dvddtz New Member

    I ride every day 6 days a week.The coldest so far was 26, not bad when im all bundled up.
  14. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I ride around looking for work, and getting side work. Also running errands. I try not to ride in the rain, but it happens sometimes in FL. Also ride in the freezing cold sometimes. It was under 25 here, very unusual for FL.
  15. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Thanks Detonator and augidog.
  16. augidog

    augidog New Member

    dang, 5-7H', thank you...MB commuters (and bike-pool grampas) are on the front-line in our lil' revolution. just make sure to post us once in a while on how the "sacrifice" is payin' off :cool2:
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  17. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    We have four drivers and four cars in our household. Daughter's car is up for sale, has no insurance and sits idle. My van is in the repair shop since Monday. Son goes to visit his dog in quarantine or goes surfing, work and school. Daughter drove to bf's house, won't be back till Monday morning. Wife relies on son for errands.

    I have THREE bikes to use and almost my entire life is within a 7-mile radius.

    I do not need to share my bikes.

    All this is beginning to make sense.

    It's all about empowerment, living an more independent lifestyle.

    Case in point. I cut my own hair and haven't visited the barber since 1987. My hair's getting sparse on the top so I shaved my head. Coworkers are shocked to see me go from shoulder-length hair to bald head.

    Once again it's all about not paying money and not depending on someone else's schedule.

    augidog, you are right. The payoff is immediate! I saved $256 so far on parking expense.

    Roughly 80% of our workforce commute by car. One driver, no passengers. The ones that don't have paid parking jockey on the streets come in extra early to find parking. One 57yo woman is late every day and feeds the parking meter all day. She also parks a block away.

    The ones that do have paid parking in our building are constantly worried that fees are rising or that they'll lose their stall to someone else.

    Two other workers out of 300 ride their bicycles to work. We have free secured covered parking in the building.

    99% of my fellow workers are caught up in the ratrace of the great parking dilemna. :)
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  18. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Rain? HA! Try riding it to work every day in Michigan. I ride in blizzards!
  19. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    haha I remember riding my full suspension haro in 1+ft deep snow during storms in Niagara Falls...
    I done my time in slush as a tow/recovery owner/driver, now I appreciate the desert
    I figure 2-3 months of too hot is better than 5-6 of too cold
    no grass/snow to cut/shovel is ok too :):):)