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#731939 - 10/04/11 07:38 PM Re: Rain Riding [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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I was out on damp roadways this morning. First rain in many months in NorCal.
Gentle lean angles, gentle throttle and gentle braking is how I stay upright.
Watch out for Botts Dots.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botts%27_dots

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#732019 - 10/05/11 12:05 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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I think the best word there is gentle. That's the way I ride in the rain. Gentle. Take it easy.
My neighbor went down in the rain on a manhole cover, on a corner. Like the steel plates, they are slippery when wet.
I believe he means one of the larger flat surface rectangular covers. They are out there.
Another friend went down in the rain, on some angled (to the road direction) railroad tracks.
Take it easy and you should have no problem.
And when a truck drives thru' a puddle of water and splashes me, I laugh. I need to paint a smile on my helmet so they can see that it doesn't bother me.
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#732025 - 10/05/11 12:31 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Take the cage.


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#732034 - 10/05/11 01:04 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: CoarsegoldKid]  
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Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
Take the cage.


Why would you consider that?


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#732050 - 10/05/11 01:55 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: NCStephen]  
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Adjust your commute if possible, I did today.

Adjust your arrival and departure times. Adjust your route. Adjust your riding style to suit the conditions. First rains of the season are nasty, with slick roads evident as no other time of the year.

Had a tailgater today on my approach to the offramp, while it was raining. Flashed the brakes twice, and when the cager didn't get the clue, I outstretched my arm with palm facing rear, and that got the point home. I then flashed a quick wave approving the new following distance.... wave

May not work all the time though.. grin

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#732051 - 10/05/11 01:56 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: NCStephen]  
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Originally Posted By: NCStephen
Originally Posted By: CoarsegoldKid
Take the cage.


Why would you consider that?


Because SoCal drivers have absolutely no clue how to drive in rain, because they do it so seldom. Some percentage of drivers will overreact, crawling along well below the speed limit. Most will not adjust their driving at all, continuing to use the same speeds (10-15 over the limit) and following distances they do when it's dry. There will be many accidents.

Especially if this is your first rain commute in SoCal, take the cage so you've got some protection while you learn what you're up against. It's true you won't be able to split lanes to get through the snarled traffic, which will be worse than in the dry, but given the slipperiness of paint lines and Bott's dots, do you really want to do that anyway?

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#732057 - 10/05/11 02:14 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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A different world than here I guess.


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#732069 - 10/05/11 03:16 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: mbelectric]  
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I sometimes use one that I learned back in the 50's. Take the left arm, straight downward, point with one finger about 1 foot out from the rear tire, to the left side, pointing straight down at the road.
NCStephen
It is somewhat of a different world here. Urban jungle. The average driver drives in a manner, well, 'frantic' is the only word that comes to mind.
Race like a maniac, only to stomp hard on the brakes at the next stoplight.
Basically pure unadulterated insanity. And most importantly, never, never show any courtesy to another driver. Cut them off, stop so they cannot get into the road, do not let them change lanes, etc.
Joe knows this. He used to live here. Now he has passed on to Nirvana. Very different than here. As long as you do not go into Fresno.
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#732083 - 10/05/11 04:04 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: PhilipJCaputo]  
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Thanks everyone for the great responses!

I'm not a fan of Botts' dots, what terrible invention for the lane splitter in all of us.


I am contemplating taking the cage, partially because I won't be riding my normal route as I have a mid-day meeting away from my office.

I've felt the slipperyness of man-hole-covers before. I ride up Beverly Glen Canyon (south) from the 101. Every morning people are watering the street. The covers are very slick and I avoid them wisely now.

I assumed the painted lines were very slippery, but haven't tested them yet. I'll probably just avoid testing them for now.


I did learn a really good lesson on my way home tonight. When the bike computer says you've got 25 miles remaining until you are out of fuel, it really means 1 mile... glad it didn't happen in the wet!

#732095 - 10/05/11 05:48 AM Re: Rain Riding [Re: Quinn]  
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Originally Posted By: Quinn
Try this on your faceshield. Works about as well as RainX works on car windshields.

http://www.fogtech.com/raincoat.html

If you have to leave your faceshield cracked because of fogging, you might want to coat both sides.

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Full disclosure: I make Raincoat. While it repels water off of plastic better than RainX repels off of glass, it will not stop fogging. The drops that cause fogging are too small. So don't apply to the inside of your shield for that problem.


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