Come the Rain

Come the Rain

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The northwest has just experienced a spell of dry weather over two months long. It’s been enough to make a man sick.

That’s all over now, thank Merckx. Commuting home today, I was caught off guard. No jacket, no gloves– nothing. A few drops hit, heavy and plump like ripe fruit. Then the drops became steady. By my half-way point, I was soaked thru. As I rose out of the saddle for the final climb to my house, I felt the rain accumulate on the tip of my nose and swing off with each pedal stroke.

The roads glistened in the dull light of street lamps, full of rain and empty of riders. They are all gone now– the summer heroes and the chatting groupettos. The roads are mine once more.

The rain hath returned. All hail the rain.

// The Rides

  1. @roadslave

    Bang on. Perfect.

  2. Yeah the only time I’ve been hit is in the dark (even though I had lights on, and my Sidi’s have bits of reflective stuff on them), so I think that still sits with me a bit. Also being someone who needs to wear glasses, a ride that goes from light to dark means having two sets of glasses otherwise I can’t see, which is lame (though I’ll be getting a set of transitions for my Oakleys at some point which will negate that issue).

  3. Yes! I love the rain and am delighted about its return to Seattle. Gives me the opportunity to try out my new Lake CX 140 winter boots. Are they are rule violation? So far I’ve been quite pleased by how much warmer than ordinary shoes they are, and today I think my feet were somewhat drier. In fact, most of the dampness seemed to come from the top of my socks getting wet and then absorbing the water.

  4. I’ll see you out there Jim…live up in the Wedgwood part of N. Seattle. Went out in the PM last Sunday as the drizzle turned into a full blown drench. Out to Marymoor, thru BVue, round Mercer Is. and home. Got so wet with the warm rain that if I squeezed my hands in my gloves a bucket full flowed out. The water and salt from my helmet pads stung my eyes like hell for 30 miles, at times I could hardly keep’em open to see where the hell I was goin’! Next time you’re out in a down pour look for the guy squinting with the sting in his eyes and drippin’ gloves…we’ll trade pulls. Rick  

  5. @wiscot

    She’s only Happy When it Rains? Fortunately Shirley Manson is from Scotland. She’s happy a lot there.

    Ha ha, aye you took the words right out from under me there wiscot, I was laughing to myself when I read the OP ” the rain hath returned” but there is a fair bit of truth in many of the posts, the rain (the heavier and colder variety) sure thins out the number of riders on the roads, and the darkness, yes, shortly we will be daylight from near 10am to 3pm time here so those longer rides are a challenge indeed.

    One thing about all the rain we get in Scotland, it sure makes those sunny days so much more enjoyable, and the cafés like it better when you sit not dripping all over their floor.

  6. @Jim is my favourite keeper.

  7. @motor city

    @Jim is my favourite keeper.

    So hard to pick a fav. They are like planets and stars all having gravity and mass threatening to blow apart, yet remaining stable.

  8. Sounds like you lads are back to familiar weather!

    I’ve got two pals in Seattle & had heard some rumors about this two month span without ran…Sounds pretty sweet as!

  9. @motor city

    @Jim is my favourite keeper.

    We need a line of jerseys for fans of each Keeper.

    First is Jim’s kit: all black with only an orange cog.

    I’ll buy two.

  10. Tucson has only seen 6.7″ of rain so far this year.

  11. @RedRanger Was that when someone dropped a 750ml bottle on the shoot-out?

  12. Dumping! Dumping buckets of rain outside… 4c and gusting to 33 km. Couldn’t be more aptly timed as today is day one of a three week, high duration, training block. Going out on #1 today, just to remind her who’s boss. My washing machine is about to get its ass kicked!

  13. That’s why I love living on the west coast… and can we all agree that this is not acceptable in the peleton…!

  14. @James I like the look of those Lake shoes, much nicer than a lot of other winter shoes.

    I’ve never had great results with overshoes, the water always gets in eventually. I didn’t bother yesterday and my shoes ended up like this:

  15. Man, we had quite the run of nice weather here in the Seattle area – damn nice.  However, did a mountain bike ride today – wet ground, damp leaves, overcast with peeks of sun – felt right…

  16. The only downer with rain are the douchebags in cars who realise it is more dangerous to drive in the wet so drive faster to get home and out of it. The true beauty of the rain ride is the post ride ritual whose pleasure becomes more intense.
    1. Arrive in bike / manspace placing bike on towel.
    2. Hot shower (legshave) if necessary.
    3. Inform wife of inability to partake of household or child rearing duties
    4. Depending on time of day, grab coffee or a single malt
    5. Return to bike space, commence cleaning / maintenance routine standing back occasionally to admire ones work.

    The older I get the more I prefer rain over headwinds!

  17. We went straight from fall to snow.  Looking to convert my old Giant Defy into a rain/winter bike – any suggestions?  I am not sure if I have clearance for studs so anyone that has converted a ride for winter I am all ears.

  18. @Tobin

    Last year I just rode on 28s, wasn’t really a cold winter though.  I did have to ride through snow sometimes, but it was never a problem.  Depends on location, expected weather, and purpose of riding I suppose.  Could you give a little more information?

  19. Commuting – I live in Calgary so the weather is extremely variable.  -20 blowing snow one day – chinooks and +10 the next.  The ride is strictly commuting – usually 20-25km’s depending on route each way.  Route is 5km’s of city streets, 15km’s river valley pathway system/trails.  I won’t ride if it drops past-20.  Rollers in the basement will be my penance if that happens…

  20. Found this, maybe look for inverted tread tires if you don’t think ice is going to be a problem.

  21. @jimmy

    @RedRanger Was that when someone dropped a 750ml bottle on the shoot-out?

    Haha, those guys are legit. As long as I’m in school, ill never roll with them.

    Tucson is actually 3″ under average rain fall. On the upside, we are done with 90 degree days for the next few months.

  22. i live in northeast ohio. so there’s no “rainy season” and it can go from all-out showers to absolutely pleasant in about five minutes time, any day of the year. so sometimes it’s easier to forgo a rain ride with the intention of just riding later on, or putting more km’s in tomorrow. but sometimes, you just gotta say the hell with it. (incidentally, i’ve just purchased a road bike that will allow proper full fenders, because i’m sick of trying to kludge some onto my rain/winter bike. quite stoked for that.)

    i enjoy the cold much more than the wet. and i have a similar feeling of “finally, i can ride in peace!” when the fairweather riders are in for the winter. and i find much enjoyment out of getting all kitted up for a ride, the first few minutes where you’re freezing before you’ve warmed up, the darkness, scrambling to get home from work and out on the bike quickly to get every last minute of sunshine, not having to take as much water/food/electrolytes, not sweating as much, etc. it’s glorious.

  23. What it takes to win:

  24. “Hopefully the rain will do its work, then we can have nice races in Belgium.” – Niels Albert after winning in Plzen, Cyclocross World Cup

  25. @Mclennan

    The only downer with rain are the douchebags in cars who realise it is more dangerous to drive in the wet so drive faster to get home and out of it. The true beauty of the rain ride is the post ride ritual whose pleasure becomes more intense.
    1. Arrive in bike / manspace placing bike on towel.
    2. Hot shower (legshave) if necessary.
    3. Inform wife of inability to partake of household or child rearing duties
    4. Depending on time of day, grab coffee or a single malt
    5. Return to bike space, commence cleaning / maintenance routine standing back occasionally to admire ones work.

    The older I get the more I prefer rain over headwinds!

    Re; Item 3.

    Yeah, that’ll work for a time…

    until you wake up one day with your sack tied around your throat.  Good luck with that.

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