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    Upset It won't stop raining!!!

    It's Santa Cruz and it hasn't stopped for over 10 ten days and there is only one window in sight; supposedly there will be a break on Tuesday, then a least another 5 more days of rain. I even broke down and rode a stationary bike at the gym; I set the level at 10 and stood up on the climbs, but it just not the same. Hopefully I'll get in a good ride fixie road ride on Tuesday; thinking about the Swanton loop from work.

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    Rain

    I rode Friday 3 to 5pm in Nisene Marks. Only the fireroad, up to Sand Point, on the SS. I only got sprinkled a wee bit coming down. I feel your pain .
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    Mountain biking my be cheaper then a mistress...

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kana
    I rode Friday 3 to 5pm in Nisene Marks. Only the fireroad, up to Sand Point, on the SS. I only got sprinkled a wee bit coming down. I feel your pain .
    ...but the alimony is still a killer

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    know

    Raining too here in Cupertino. Got the mud tires on but it's just raining too hard. At least it's not snowing.
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    Raining here in dallas also...weather idiot says it will rain all week....

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    I feel the pain. I'm in Menlo Park and haven't been able to ride my new SS CX.

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    its raining tons here in southern california too. they are forecasting thunderstorms the next few days (!??!?).

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    Wish it would snow.

    Quote Originally Posted by Menso
    Raining too here in Cupertino. Got the mud tires on but it's just raining too hard. At least it's not snowing.
    If it would snow, at least we might have an excuse not to go to work for a few days. Better still, can you imagine two or three feet of snow on some of the steep grassy hillsides of the peninsula or east bay hills?

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    At least you only have rain.... we have freezing rain here; roads, rocks, whatever... it's all like an ice rink!
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    Snow

    Luckily, skiing makes all the rain/snow worth it.

    Just got back from Tahoe where it snowed 12 feet in a week. I'm not kidding.

    Great skiing!

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    Just get out and ride!

    We've only had a couple breaks over the past 10 days here in Marin as well. I've come to like riding in the rain. I don't have the right gear for anything longer than 1.5 hours of steady rain (after that the wetness seeps in and gets really cold) but that's long enough to get in a good workout. Just throw on my <50-degree-wet-weather-kit* and go. Riding in the rain is peaceful. Hardly anyone else out on a bike, be it MTB or road. Just you and the elements. Just get out and ride Brad!

    *Craft sleeveless base layer, old Swobo (or equivalent) wool jersey, REI Gore-tex "ride dry" jacket. Lycra for the legs (they can take the cold, my core can't). Extra gloves if it's really coming down.

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    Only rode once last week...

    Quote Originally Posted by Impy
    its raining tons here in southern california too. they are forecasting thunderstorms the next few days (!??!?).
    on the SS. Did the Santiago TT here in SoCal up to Old Camp and back down. It's one of a very few trails around here that stays together well during a storm. Still got pretty muddy from the splashing and all. Didn't see a soul go up to Old Camp and I saw a total of 6 people on the trail coming down.

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    Is Nisene Marks trail open to bikes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Kana
    I rode Friday 3 to 5pm in Nisene Marks. Only the fireroad, up to Sand Point, on the SS. I only got sprinkled a wee bit coming down. I feel your pain .

    I thought that I read somewere that the courts had closed this trail. Is this not the case? I plan to go camping in this area in May. Please let me know.

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    I know one thing...

    it'll make the Jan 9 CCCX districts in Monterey VERY challenging...

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    waaaaaaaahhh!!!!

    yeah it's wet outside but get out there and take it, ya wusses!

    or, do like I do and stay indoors and eat lots of baked goods.

    more struedel? Yes please!

    I'm dyin' ovah here.

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    With all due respect.....................

    ............listening to you Californians cry over a few days of rain is like listening to Leona Helmsly whine about paying taxes.

    After you guys have put up with rain plus virtually nonstop dark gray overcast drizzle for three months or so, let those of us in the Pacific Northwet know -- we'll buy you a beer.

    Meanwhile just be glad you've got 50-something degree rain instead of 30-something degree rain like what we've got up here.

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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    P.S. Look on the bright side. Maybe if you guys get enough rain down there you'll be able to grow some real trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    No kiddin!

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    viva la difference

    for cycling, it sucks, as we aren't supposed to ride on the trails until they've dried out. So while the DoD is out on their Mud Fest, we're watching reruns of Charles In Charge and polishing our top tubes. For each day it rains, it just pushes a return to the trails that much farther out.

    37 and raining when I left the house this morning. In SoCal.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    ............listening to you Californians cry over a few days of rain is like listening to Leona Helmsly whine about paying taxes.

    After you guys have put up with rain plus virtually nonstop dark gray overcast drizzle for three months or so, let those of us in the Pacific Northwet know -- we'll buy you a beer.

    Meanwhile just be glad you've got 50-something degree rain instead of 30-something degree rain like what we've got up here.

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    --Sparty

    P.S. Look on the bright side. Maybe if you guys get enough rain down there you'll be able to grow some real trees.

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    OK SPARTY!!!!!!!!!!

    -Brad, you could come down to Salinas & ride East Garrison (Ft. Ord West-side)
    Rode it Sun. AM, some in the rain and it was C H E R R Y !

    * supposed to be NOT raining down here on Tues. & Wed. I'm campaigning for the Wed. 6pm Night-ride group to go back there this Wed. the 5th. You are more than welcome to join in. (as well as other locals - Sabine! Where you been?)
    *Keg Beer after-ride of course OR if rained out, JUST Keg Beer!

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    fenders

    stay off the trails till they dry out, and put some fenders on the road bike.

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    fenders work great for the water spraying UP, but don't do much for the downpour from above.

    full of excuses,
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    stay off the trails till they dry out, and put some fenders on the road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood
    fenders work great for the water spraying UP, but don't do much for the downpour from above.

    full of excuses,
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    Are those the river city fenders? Gorgeous...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    ............listening to you Californians cry over a few days of rain is like listening to Leona Helmsly whine about paying taxes.
    ...
    Meanwhile just be glad you've got 50-something degree rain instead of 30-something degree rain like what we've got up here.

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    P.S. Look on the bright side. Maybe if you guys get enough rain down there you'll be able to grow some real trees.
    Pbbbbbblllllltttttttttttt!

    HW is right though, the trails here aren't like the beauties up in your neck of the real woods, lots here become clay quagmires and others just erode away. No redwood/pine needle carpets to aid with drainage and the mud can be sticky..

    and the trails with "good drainage" look like this..


    But you are right mr sparty about the weather. It's only 56. I'm about to take advantage of the break in the clouds and will ride up and down a fireroad or that I think will be rideable, if boring. Maybe I'll close my eyes and pretend I am riding in real trees....

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    Who's car is that?

    Found this pic on the tetongravity boards.

    Too bad Sparty and the other NorthWetters don't know about REAL snow like we do down here in CA.
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    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE, Where's my car????????????

    - That's kinda gotta suck.

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    The guy on the right has a better idea. Screw it, go skiing/boarding.

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    Hey, did they find Jimmy Hoffa in that car?!?
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    yep. yep! (nm)

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by DAS
    Found this pic on the tetongravity boards.

    Too bad Sparty and the other NorthWetters don't know about REAL snow like we do down here in CA.
    Yeah, too bad...<a href="http://www.skiingmag.com/skiing/resort_guide/custom/1,16793,ratings_snow,00.html">there's no good snow in the PacNortWET.</a> Uncrowded world record snowfall slopes are pretty overrated.

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    Enough already

    I tried to retrace New Year's ride, but the ground is saturated, rain just adds to the flow. Today there was the sound of waterfalls from all over the hills. What was a dry crossing on the 1st is today a flood. (pic) As I thought about crossing - how wet do I want to get? - I heard the sound of rain increasing rapidly. As I retreated back into the trees for shelter hail came down! Ohmygod - I had checked the radar for storms before starting, what next?
    Time to retreat as the storm was near (pic). At the top one could see how low the snow level was (pic). What's at the end of the rainbow? (pic) singletrack!
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    Ah, you wimpy Californian.....

    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    It's Santa Cruz and it hasn't stopped for over 10 ten days and there is only one window in sight; supposedly there will be a break on Tuesday, then a least another 5 more days of rain. I even broke down and rode a stationary bike at the gym; I set the level at 10 and stood up on the climbs, but it just not the same. Hopefully I'll get in a good ride fixie road ride on Tuesday; thinking about the Swanton loop from work.

    1G1G, Brad
    Come live up in the Portland area. You want rain? We got rain. You get a couple months of rain and than it is sunny the rest of the year. Suck it up! Go to the gym or get tough and ride in that 50 degree rain. So tough! My heart strings sing for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Impy
    Pbbbbbblllllltttttttttttt!
    Well, we're riding Briones tomorrow night with or without rain - and we're doing it in the dark! So there!!!
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    Get out the wetsuit

    When I was a kid we would put on our wetsuits and jump on the SS bikes (aka BMX bikes) and go urban assualt riding (just called riding back then). We'd ride around looking for the biggest puddles and gutters with the most rushing water to ride in. Then when we finished we'd huck off the roof into the swimming pool a few times, since our bikes were completely soaked and would need overhauling anyway it was a good time to do it

    I've found myself wishing I owned a wetsuit this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattman
    When I was a kid we would put on our wetsuits and jump on the SS bikes (aka BMX bikes) and go urban assualt riding (just called riding back then). We'd ride around looking for the biggest puddles and gutters with the most rushing water to ride in. Then when we finished we'd huck off the roof into the swimming pool a few times, since our bikes were completely soaked and would need overhauling anyway it was a good time to do it

    I've found myself wishing I owned a wetsuit this week.
    OK, now THAT sounds like fun.

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    old gray bearded guy....

    just knocked on my door and wanted to build some sort of boat in my back yard........this rain is killing me...

    Texas weather for you: Tues high 79 and raining constantly
    wed ..expected low of 28deg and raining constantly....

    as you can see there is only one constant in texas weather...and that is the frigging rain!@

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    Crossing my fingers and hoping that the rain will stop, will be at Cupertino next week and would like to do some riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    You want rain? We got rain.
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    No, thanks. We've had enough.

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    It's all relative

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo
    Come live up in the Portland area. You want rain? We got rain. You get a couple months of rain and than it is sunny the rest of the year. Suck it up! Go to the gym or get tough and ride in that 50 degree rain. So tough! My heart strings sing for you.

    Jaybo
    Listen, we're not all that wimpy or sheltered down here, and we know you get a lot of rain up in Oregon. I agree with you about hitting the gym. Most trails are in really bad shape right now.

    What we've been gettin here the last two weeks is pretty frickin unreal, though. Never mind the riding; I'm just worried about a tree coming down on the house or a mudslide taking it out. Oh, but that's right, those 4' diameter doug firs out there aren't "real" trees. I feel so comfortable now.

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    Back up plan

    Quote Originally Posted by DiRt DeViL
    Crossing my fingers and hoping that the rain will stop, will be at Cupertino next week and would like to do some riding.
    So here's an idea if it pours. Bag the ride, get a cheap rainsuit and go for a hike at Big Basin in the redwoods, stop in Boulder Creek. Or drive over to the coast via La Honda, stop for a beer and sandwich at San Gregorio. Trust me, it will be memorable.

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