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Rain & Cycling - How do YOU cope?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We're having a wet summer here in Austria. As a consequence, more often than not, I get wet when I go for a ride. It used to be that rainy weather meant that I skipped exercise on that day. Not any more! Now I have a strategy to 'rain-proof' my exercise routine.

Depending on the distance I have to cover and on what I am doing that day, such as work, commuting or leisure, I use different strategies. I have expanded on that in the post on my website here.
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Last week I had a great cycle ride of 3 hours during which I covered 70 km (44 miles)Ö....... and some of that was in rain!

On that occasion, I took shelter under a nearby roof for the first few minutes and waited for the heaviest part to pass. After that I put on my rain jacket and continued. A few months ago this felt like a huge challenge. Now, I donít worry.





What are your best strategies for coping with rain?

If it's raining already, before you start..... does that put you off, or have you a 'can do' attitude and the right clothes?

What do you wear?

Any tips, suggestions, ideas, welcome!
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ZELLAZM 8/25/2014 6:12AM

    If you always stayed inside in Germany when it rained, you'd miss out on a lot of exercise! Good suggestions!

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SHOOPETTE 8/7/2014 5:21AM

    I am moving to the North East of France where it rains a lot, your blog couldn't help me more !


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HAKAPES 8/1/2014 1:14AM

    @ONEKIDSMOM - This is why I bring dry clothes with me, so I look "as new" when arriving. :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2014 8:06PM

    Oh, I am the worst about this... going to have to work on it. On triathlon day, if it's raining, you swim, bike and run anyway. I run in rain. Why would I not cycle? Because usually I'm cycling to work and then I care about arriving looking/feeling like a drowned rat. But you are so right... commitment is commitment.

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PMRUNNER 7/31/2014 4:00PM

    It is great that you adjust for the rain and weather rather than cancelling because of it. Sounds like a great ride!

I have a short commute that I do rain or shine. I try to get in 3-4 road rides a month and have to admit I have been a fair weather rider. With the roads, shoulders, and traffic here, I feel safer running in the rain than riding in the rain.

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