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Did you brave the storm this morning?

Posted by on December 3rd, 2007 at 9:50 am

Snow Day!
Last year’s snow storm
didn’t stop cyclists.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

The crazy wind and relentless downpour we’re getting right now is the most severe weather I can remember since I moved to Portland in 2004.

Last winter many of you braved snowy conditions (see photo at right), but that seems tame compared to what’s going on out there today.

Did any of you brave the elements on your commute into work this morning? If so, do you have tips to share? We’d love to hear about your experiences…

Check out this photo from KATU-TV (sent in by reader Bob K.)

I’m about to head out into it myself…wish me luck!

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  • encephalopath December 3, 2007 at 9:56 am

    It was wet but not half as windy as promised.

    The rain is warm friendly too, unlike that cold rain last Wednesday night.

    No problems today.

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  • Joe December 3, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I would just say allow yourself more time and slow down a bit.. keep dry, good
    layers that dont hold too much water..
    also maybe sure bike is in tip/top shape

    hands/feet/face.. 3 step process.. he he

    enjoy,
    Joe

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  • MitchK December 3, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Same here, out in Beaverton. Very wet – but warm wet – and the wind was much tamer than I was expecting. Very satisfying. With the warmth, I enjoyed myself. I saw other riders out too.

    PS: It was a good stress test of my rain gear. Not everything passed (not surprised), but my Burley jacket continues to perform brilliantly.

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  • Todd Waddell December 3, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Ditto #1. Especially liked the warmer temperatures and the tailwind that sped me along the Springwater corridor.

    As long as the winds die down before I leave work, I\’ll be a happy camper. I\’d hate to see that lovely tailwind turns into a headwind.

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  • Mike_Khad1 December 3, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I did – Burnside and 82nd to Lloyd Center area. Not that windy. I kept my speed down since I have rim brakes. Made sure I was well lit. I have two blinking red tail lights, three blinking head-lights, and one helmet-mounted Night Rider 10W Halogen. I bought seal-skin gloves last week and they worked fine today

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  • a.O December 3, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Two words: disc brakes.

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  • Tasha December 3, 2007 at 10:20 am

    I am ashamed to say I took the easy way out when my husband offered to let me have the car if I took him to work. I\’m feeling ill and the thought of biking made me feel even more so. I was even more ashamed though when I saw the number of cyclists coming over the Broadway Bridge. It\’s fairly warm, so it may not have been that bad. Oh well. I\’m sure I\’ll have my fair share of nasty biking days in the months to come.

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  • wyatt December 3, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I made it a ways down the Springwater and then got a flat. Limped back to the house, patched the tube (it was a slower leak and luckily I was able to get back to the house before it went flat), and tried it again. The tailwind was nice. Riding in snow is more fun, but this is still an adventure :)

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  • Carl December 3, 2007 at 10:27 am

    I was out between 7:30 and 8 with jeans, a wool cap, an old raincoat, a BMX w/ one brake…and Sweetpea smittens!

    Maybe it was the formidable power of the smittens, but jeez…it wasn\’t bad at all out there.

    My jeans might still be drying, but I say, \”Bring on the snow!\”

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  • Axel December 3, 2007 at 10:30 am

    Finally got myself a pair of rubber boots, $15 at your friendly neighborhood supermarket. I recommend leaving the rainpants over the boots and sizing the boots generously.

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  • tonyt December 3, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Didn\’t ride today (took the MAX), but rode out to the USGP yesterday. It was dumping!

    Super fun time out in the rain and wind, screaming at the riders. Love my big dumb rubber boots!

    On the way home, not so much rain, but the headwinds were crazy!

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  • Jaime December 3, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Just wet and warm out in Gresham. A little more standing water than there has been this year. My rain gear worked great, but I had one too many layers on. I was pleased to notice most of the cars I crossed paths with noticed me and were very courteous. That\’s not always the case out here on the east side.

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  • Dan (teknotus) December 3, 2007 at 10:39 am

    I\’m still basically useing the solution I came up with shortly after I moved to Portland at the end of last October. I went to REI, and asked for help. I ended up with bike tights, with gortex rain pants, and a long sleeved cycling jersy with a gortex jacket. I\’ve since added to this Specialized subzero gloves that have two layers of gloves that are both waterproof breathable. They only last for about 2 hours in rain like today before they are soaked, but I hear that is about the best you can get. I also wear a warm even when wet hat under my helmet, and gortex shoes with socks designed for gortex. The gap between the shoes, and the rainpants isn\’t an issue most of the time, but yesterday it was enough to let water into my shoes from the top. I\’m going to try to find something to fill that gap today.

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  • vic December 3, 2007 at 10:41 am

    My ride was great. The winds was light–I had fears of being buffeted as I crossed the Hawthorne bridge, but no problems! Need to get some of those disc brakes, though! And my raincoat leaked, but the warm mild rain was nice.

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  • oldguyonabike December 3, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Warm rain is WAY better than cold.
    Around 6AM I hit a lake in the saddle between Powell and Division on 92nd going south. I should have thought more than \”huh?\” when I saw a flare in the middle of 92nd approaching the puddle that spanned the width of 92nd and was just as long. Oblivious in my usual strategy to hump down the hill in order to get up the other side I\’m thinking \”its just a puddle; I\’m already wet\”. Well, that puddle went up to the axle and nearly up to my knees. Almost went for a swim but kept upright long enough to get a couple slow strokes in before getting to the other side. All I could do was laugh. And then I got thinking \”so that\’s why there aren\’t any cars here today….\”.

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  • McAngryPants December 3, 2007 at 10:46 am

    fawk that was a long ride today. but fully agree with \”warm rain\” comment above. Could have been a LOT worse.

    Anyone have a preference they care to pass along on what kinda of bike lube they use? got a feeling my ride is gonna need it when I get home.

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  • dsaxena December 3, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I haven\’t gone out today but did a 15 mile loop NE yesterday. It was actually fairly warm and I\’ve discovered that I need some better layering clothes as my mid-layer jacket is just holding in too much moisture. My cheap $15 rainpants that worked well last year just did not hold up either and my legs were soaked by the end.

    Still…it is always a blast to ride in the rain. :)

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  • Bueno December 3, 2007 at 10:54 am

    I ride a recumbent, so the head/tail winds don\’t get me so bad as the side winds. DANG. It was pretty fun though.

    I did some scuba biking as well, like oldguyonabike. The water was above my rear axle, I\’m glad the BB is up high or pedaling would\’ve sucked.

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  • joeb December 3, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Very pleasant actually, but coming from the east, I had the tail wind. I kept expecting the wind to turn and slap me in the face. Unless this wind storm hits East County, I guess I’ll get a head wind on the ride home. I think my Burley jacket is holding up as well, but I did get puddles inside my sleeves. I was wearing a T-shirt underneath so no problem, but I guess I should check the vent zips. My feet were submerged near 102 and Burnside and I was doused by a passing car at about 7th and Morrison. At this point Portland streets are probably running pure clean water so it was almost soothing to take a sheet of spray across the face while the rest of me stayed dry. Well, I didn\’t arrive completely dry, but completely happy to have today to ride.

    Certainly nicer than last week’s wind driven sleet.

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  • Donna December 3, 2007 at 11:10 am

    My garage flooded yesterday, so I am home dealing with the aftermath. I am happy to say that Park Tool work stands dry out just fine. :)

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  • Mmann December 3, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Wet, but so what? It\’s the cold east winds like last week that make for truly memorable commutes. Today was downright tropical – swear I could smell the pineapples. +1 on the Burley jacket. I wear thin tights over bike shorts and don\’t worry if they get wet – they dry quick. My old Burley shoe covers are wearing out though. Anyone know where I can get similar (non-neoprene) waterproof booties?

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  • Paul S December 3, 2007 at 11:20 am

    I underestimated the temperature and got more wet from the inside than the outside. The riding was damp but fun.

    But something about the wind flipped the Motorist A**hole Switch … I was honked at no fewer than 3 times, dodged cars in the bike lane twice, and narrowly avoided a collision when, while turning left (and SIGNALING no less) a car tried to pass me.

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  • msquared December 3, 2007 at 11:21 am

    not bad at all- wind picked up downtown only- and the puddles along ankeny weren\’t bad at all-
    kind of tropical!

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  • Lenny Anderson December 3, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Well, I got my plastic bags out to cover my shoes, but other than that just another winter ride, but nice and warm. A good day to test gear, and gear is the whole deal…lit light a Christmas Tree and shedding water like a duck, the right gear makes winter ridiing a piece of cake. Until things freeze…then I am on the bus.

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  • MitchK December 3, 2007 at 11:26 am

    Mmann, try Campmor.com for non-neoprene booties:
    here is the link

    As with the Burley booties, make sure you tuck them inside whatever is covering your legs.

    They\’re not absolutely waterproof – I get occasional tiny leaks from I\’m not sure where, but they still did very well this morning. The velcro cinches are a bit fiddly but I got used to them after a week. Overall I give them an A- to A grade. The yellow color is also a plus for enhanced visibility.

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  • Joe December 3, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I get the campmor book, great deals inside all the time.. Sign up and get on the mailing list, get the free little
    pocket book..

    Joe

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  • Josh December 3, 2007 at 11:30 am

    I also like the warmer rain, not that bad for me coming in from Tigard. I run with the castelli leg warmers and a nice castelli jacket. Although I am wet its warm under there. The only tip I have is neoprene booties for over the shoes.

    P.S. Run is a metaphore… I was of course on my bike

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  • Brian C December 3, 2007 at 11:31 am

    the \”warm\” weather this morning was good… I was worried about the wind totally gusting. But It really wasn\’t that bad at all. I caught a little wind going by the boat house as you pass through the Ross Island concrete spot on Springwater… but mostly a nice tailwind going north on springwater I only saw 2 other cyclists this morning…

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  • Carrie December 3, 2007 at 11:34 am

    I rode my fixed for the first time this morning. I was so focused on the entirely new experience, I barely noticed the wind and rain!

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  • Spencer December 3, 2007 at 11:43 am

    I got dressed and geared up, opened the front door, and watch a trash can blow up the street. Assuming this would be my headwind, I wimped out and drove in.

    This weekend the Mrs. and I rode out to PIR and had a great time. Definately felt good to ride by all the cars in line to get on the highway as we peddled along the top of the levee.

    My wife\’s trusty old novara cycling jacket sprung some leeks, so we Nikwaxed it and started looking at the replacements. Liked the Burley and Showers Pass. Concensus on this site so far seems Burley. Any other suggestions?

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  • SH December 3, 2007 at 11:51 am

    what is this magical tailwind you speak of? Down here in LO I received the privilege of going against the wind the whole way to work, rather exciting really. Go rainy day commuters!

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  • Lulu December 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    What a wet ride into work! It was a longer commute than usual – more stuff to put on (booties, hat, rain pants), and then slower riding. After the deaths and injuries from crashes that have happened over the last few months, I\’m a little skittish – even more so when it\’s dark, wet, and slippery in the morning.

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  • Herb Williams December 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    It was a great commute, wet but warm. the key was to be well lit with the rain visibility is a issue.

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  • Ron December 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Wind out of the south in my face the whole way in to town (from nopo), quite strong at times. Steady, but warm rain. Definitely soaked by the time I got in — but wore bike shorts and a Showerspass jacket, and all was good.

    Gonna head to the BG with a gift certificate to get some shoe covers today, since my shoes were the only thing that were really wet after todays ride.

    Don\’t much care for the wind, but the warm rain was really nice.

    @Spencer: if you can find a Burley, get it (they don\’t make them anymore, afaik). I have a Showerspass, and it is almost as good as a Burley, but not quite as durable or well made, imho.

    I switched from a Novara to the Showerspass after like 2 rides.

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  • Stripes December 3, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    I am always on the lookout for truely waterproof gloves. I have yet to find some that do exactly what they say on the packaging. Any suggestions like Dan\’s are very welcome!

    And to second some other BikePortland readers\’ suggestions – rubber boots are where it\’s AT! They are cheap (about $20 from Freddies), and they are completely, totally, utterly waterproof. You can walk through 6 inch puddles in the things, let your bike fenders splash you, you name it! They have amazing traction on the pedals and on sidewalks, and are a great, economical and fun solution to having totally dry feet.

    If you get ones with pink ponies, or polka dots on too, you get a lot of smiles from drivers too :-)

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  • Ron December 3, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    @Stripes: Do the make them SPD compatible?

    That sounds like a fun project — put an SPD insert into some cheap rubber boots.

    :-)

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  • oldguyonabike December 3, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Based on a recommendation in the Forums I went to Andy & Bax this weekend and picked up poly glove liners and a pair of neoprene gloves for ~$20. Hands were a little damp after 40\” in this morning\’s monsoon.

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  • Sophia December 3, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    2.5 miles SE belmont to SE Industrial commute….it was fine, nice warm rain. One thing I want to toss out there, waterproof booties kick ass. I rode 5 winters without them cuz I thought they were unnecessary. Now I am a dry and happy convert.

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  • tonyt December 3, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Ron,

    I was riding with a friend to the USGP yesterday, and we were talking about doing a rubber boot/SPD conversion. Obviously the problem is that you\’re cutting into the boot to mount the cleat.

    But you\’re right, sounds like a fun project!

    I like my Sugoi booties the best though. The boots worked for a short ride, but for something longer, I like the booties.

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  • Troy December 3, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    My ride in was not too bad,
    I decided on the ski shell and Marmot \”work gloves\” which are leather palmed ski gloves. Felt like I was at ski bowl.
    Here\’s to hoping the wind dies down for the afternoon.

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  • Ron December 3, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    @tonyt: yeah, I think if you got the boots a size too big, then found some 1/8\” thick stiff plastic to mount the cleats to, cut a whole in the boot where the cleats would go, and then put a nice Dr. Scholls insert over the top of the plastic inside, you\’d be set!

    And once you have the inserts made, you can just cut cleat holes in a new pair of boots as necessary.

    Definitely gonna have to try this.

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  • Zaphod December 3, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Today was an exercise in *not* overheating. Reminds me of winter storms in Florida. But when cold & wet coincide, opt for cheap wool gloves. The magic combo for me is to put summer cycling gloves over the wool = grip and warmth.

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  • bahueh December 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    rode to work as always..
    just a few issues with puddle dodging. since they collect typically in the bike lanes, in attempt to avoid riding into oncoming traffic lanes or pushing out drivers, I ended up on the sidewalk once or twice for a block or two…no big deal. braking distance was an issue, but just take it slow.
    the plastic racing rain coat had to make an appearance..but I\’ve ridden in worse.
    be careful of the wind on the way home, its forecast to get worse!!

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  • Martha R December 3, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    I\’m so glad my office has showers and a locker room!

    The warm weather is a welcome change, even if it comes with lots of water. Count me as one more happy Burley wearer.

    There sure are a lot of gigantic puddles caused by plugged stormdrains, and they\’re not going to be any smaller for the evening commute. Watch out for that standing water, and remember that wet brakes make for longer stopping distances.

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  • Spencer December 3, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Booties,

    A few years back, before the Canadian Peso achieved parody with the dollar, I would buy all things MEC. MEC is essentially the Canadian REI, but still with the old member oriented ethos.

    Short of it all, is that they have terrific cycle clothing at a great price. My favorite things are my codura booties. These things are heavy duty, go on over any shoe, and are clipliss compatible. They are a lot easier to use than the tight fitting booties, and so far has lasted 4 years, including alot of mountain biking.

    Even with the exchange rate, their gear and prices are pretty competitive. http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442618318&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302692723&bmUID=1195953349439

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  • Donald December 3, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Dag!

    Discretion being the better part of arriving equal parts sweatwet and rainwet, I caged it today. Even worse: Ran the A/C to keep the windows nice and clear for my starbord-side checks.

    If anybody wants a pull on the way home, I\’ll be the White GTI crawling up Williams. ;-)

    I. Am. Not. Worthy.

    _DA

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  • solid gold December 3, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    we zoobombed all night in it. it was sweeeet. kinda like being shot in the face with needles doing 40mph downhill in the dark with no visibility and six inch puddles. yummmy!

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  • Lenny Anderson December 3, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Solid, that sounds like almost as much fun as crashing the Upper Bowl. Ah to be young again,… and slightly nuts.
    Head winds are the worst, after ice. For all of you headed south this afternoon, good luck. My ride is SW in AM, NE in PM, so I am set to catch a tailwind home.

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  • Jessica Roberts December 3, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Is this April Fools Day and I missed it? Seemed like a garden-variety Portland rainy day to me…particularly wet, sure, and with a few clogged up drains, but nothing extraordinary.

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  • michael downes December 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    my advice? Stay in bed…..wish I had.

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  • anomalily December 3, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    At least it is warm. I don\’t think I could do this weather in addition to 33 degree temperature.

    Brake slowly, pulse your brakes rather than pulling hard. Be aware. Use lights even in the day. Stand up when going through standing water, and hunch down when going through headwinds.

    I had three appointments this morning all over the city and I showed up wet to each one. I\’m still wet.

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  • peejay December 3, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Lucky I replaced my rear tire yesterday, as all the skidding had worn through to the fibers. I think skinny tires are an advantage through puddles since they don\’t hydroplane. Other than that, I really didn\’t find this morning to be much worse than any other in the past week. Lots of \”you gotta be kidding me!\” at work, though, when they saw my helmet.

    Can\’t wait for the snow!!!!

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  • girl on a bike December 3, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    I\’m normally on my bike in every kind of weather, but I\’ve decided lately to take it a little easier on myself when the weather gets really turbulent and opted to ride the bus to work this morning. My commute is around nine miles each way, and I\’ve done it plenty of times in weather like this. But I haven\’t always felt like it was smart for me to do so. I\’m on the smaller side, so I\’m about 120 lbs soaking wet AND wearing boots and all my gear. I\’ve been buffeted by winds to the point of ending up unintentionally in the car lane VERY suddenly … and when I\’m soaked through to my skivvies and 40 minutes into a very tiring ride, I just know I\’m not in the best mode for responding to chaotic traffic or heavy winds like that. And especially not along my particular commute route, which seems to harbor many of the a-hole drivers that #22 above referenced. If anyone is coming into Milwaukie from Sellwood, watch those standing puddles and the rednecks who love to nail cyclists with them.

    Funny, though — after taking up cycling and ditching the bus routine a number of years ago, my occasional rides on the bus now feel almost indulgent. I didn\’t have to change my clothes or dry my hair when I got to work, and I got to listen to my iPod all the way in. What a treat. I\’ll be sick of it by tomorrow though, so I hope the wind dies down.

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  • gus December 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    No work today but ran my usual day off errands to the grocery and such. Wonderful riding actually. Had such fun that I went for a walk afterwards as well. Bring it on..

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  • Tasha December 3, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Ditto the ride offer if it\’s REALLY bad. I have two bike racks on my roof and I\’ll be the Black Volvo coming down Burnside, then Sandy around 5:15. Flag me down, seriously!

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  • Aaron December 3, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Yesterday Exchange Cycle Tours\’ Extreme riders took a trip up to Kelly Point. Riding along the bike path to Marine Drive and then along Lombard. I would have happily skipped it except that I (foolishly) planned the route. The wonderful conclusion we had when we arrived at Babs house was great. Janis and Babs were so understanding.
    Today my coworkers were less so (despite two of them arriving later than I). Ironically my boss and I were going to an Architecture seminar on Green building. Even though it was held next to the Max line, he chose to drive.

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  • John Russell December 3, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Other than the few small streams that I ended up having to cross, my ride was mostly pleasant up north in Vancouver.

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  • beth h December 3, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    I rode out to the USGP Cycloross race on Sunday (yes, in the wind and rain) and stayed all day and had a blast. Riding home wasn\’t too terribly bad, as the worst of the wind had passed already.

    Today I rode in to work. Still sopping wet, still a little windy (though not nearly as much as yesterday), but warmer. Not bad at all, really. Just got home a little while ago and the only bummer is that rain makes my [mild] night-blindness worse; the water sort of makes the lines in the road go away. So I hopped the bus to shorten the ride and get through Lloyd Center.

    Rain wear, a wool sweater, and riding a bit slower than when it\’s dry out all make riding in the rain No Big Deal.
    Happy pedaling out there!

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  • Lynne December 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Yes. And to make it special, a co-worker and I commuted in from Beaverton (over-the-hill assist by MAX, to save time) to volunteer at the CCC. Then rode home (slightly longer assist by MAX). Wet hands, but I had wool baselayers so I wouldn\’t get cold when we stopped riding and started wrenching.

    Those PI goretex shoes are a major improvement!

    http://lynnerides.blogspot.com

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  • Biker Chick December 3, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    High profile rims are scary in a cross-wind! Hang on tight! A brimor visor is a must for visibility.

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  • nerf December 4, 2007 at 12:38 am

    hah commute,
    good one

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  • erth64net December 4, 2007 at 12:59 am

    Bad? I\’m no \”tough\” guy, but today was mild compared to other recent days. I really enjoyed the warmer weather today; made the ride quite pleasant, even though I got a bit wet.

    A few weeks ago I was riding home, and it started snowing. Now that\’s bad…windy, snow, rain, and ~32F outside, all while headed to my SE PDX home (in outer east-county). Ugh, thank goodness for wool and GORE-TEX. :-)

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  • joel December 4, 2007 at 6:59 am

    honestly, i rode in it near-constantly all day yesterday, from 7am through late afternoon, throughout downtown and outlying areas, and it really didnt seem all that bad to me. the wind never gusted really all that high, the rain was steady, but not torrential, and it was warm!

    had we switched sundays weather for mondays, it would have been a bit more unpleasant, but still not the end of the world or anything…

    though the 3\” of snow \”winter apocalypse\” last year was quite a bit more fun.

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  • Spanky December 4, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Wow Jonathon, way to make me feel like an old timer. I\’ve lived here since 1970, and I\’ve seen far worse, far more severe weather. A little wind (not much in SE and downtown really) and sustained rain is not that big a deal. Ice storms, snow storms (were you here for the three days of snow on the ground we had a couple years ago, right after the first of the year?)

    I agree with a post or two above. One day last week, I was driving my son and a friend home at 6:00 pm, in the dark, and it was raining hard, windy and it was 37 degrees out. I saw many out on bikes, and wished them the best! That, was bad bike weather.

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  • erin g. December 4, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    To quote the Norsk people, \”There is no such thing as bad weather. There is only bad gear.\”

    Riding in rough weather can be fun! Some women seek spa treatments, whereas others enjoy freezing rain/wind exfoliation scrubs. ;-)

    Ride safely, everyone!

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  • synthcat December 4, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Thoughts from yesterday\’s commute, in a haiku form….

    Riding in downpour
    bicycle has no fenders
    who needs a bidet?

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  • Mark Allyn December 4, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    I had no problem. I made some heavy clear plastic shorts and a jacket and rode to work. I stayed bone dry.

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  • erin g. December 4, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    #66, Synthcat-

    Now *that\’s* what I call haiku. Ha!

    I know your plight all too well, but luckily I recently broke down and had fenders installed just in time. Ask the fine folks at Sellwood Cycle Repair about their special mud flaps…

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  • Martha S. December 5, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Next bike I\’m getting I\’m deffinently going for disc brakes, I don\’t have the money for it now though. Weather like this reminds me why it would be such a good thing though…

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  • Ron Monroe December 5, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    That was onthe best commutes I ever had. It was absolutely terribly horrendous conditions but you felt so freakin\’ hardcore to still be riding to work. The experience was transcendent.

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  • IanO December 9, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    I had just bought an Opafiets from Clever Cycles, and was grateful to have the opportunity to try it out in the conditions it was designed for. The puddles and wind were no match for my awesome momentum and enlclosed brakes and chain. With so much sideways rain, I kinda wish I\’d worn full rain pants instead of chaps.

    I also biked through the snow flurries the previous weekend to go shopping. A brimmed cap under the helmet worked well to keep my glasses dry. Folks were shouting at me from their porches, \”Dude! It\’s snowing!\”

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